BSc (Lycée Saint-Louis), MSc (AgroParisTech)
Theo is a PhD student at the University of Gloucestershire. His PhD is a partnership between the CCRI, the Welsh Government (through the Environmental Evidence Program) and the CCF (Community and Countryside Foundation) aiming at assessing the impact of the Post-Brexit environment (policy and trade) on the Welsh farm's choice of evolution. His PhD examines the landscape and the impact at a community level, including from an economic perspective. He is supervised by Professor Janet Dwyer (CCRI), S. Devienne (AgroParisTech), Chris Short (CCRI), K. Watts (Welsh Government) and Dr. P. Williams (Bangor University). Theo’s PhD is multidisciplinary, bridging the gaps between farming sciences, social sciences and agri-economics.
To study this subject, he is using a French method called “Agrarian Diagnosis”, which is a fieldwork-based approach to farming research (Cochet and Devienne, 2005). Conducting this sort of work in several focus areas across Wales will help develop a better understanding of farming evolution and how they may be affected by different factors, for example how farms will fare after Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. This will help inform new agricultural policy, at a time when Wales is gaining more independence in its agricultural policy design. It is therefore very important to hear the experiences and views of farmers in Wales. It means closely studying selected focus areas through fieldwork, to understand how and why agriculture has evolved through time (e.g., impacts of the landscape, policy, economy…). Because farming is a complex subject, the goal is to fully appreciate how the impacts of such factors vary between different areas and farm types.
Theo is currently doing some fieldwork for his PhD; working on North Wales and the Vale of Clwyd. After finishing this, he will be applying the same approach to an area of Snowdonia and South Pembrokeshire. He is trying to deliver findings at regular intervals to inform on future developments in farming to a wide range of stakeholder.
Lenormand, T. (2019) Agrarian Diagnosis of South Pembrokeshire - South West wales (United Kingdom) General Synthesis. Masters thesis, AgroParis Tech.
Chiswell, H., Mills, J., Lewis, N., Lenormand, T., Gaskell, P. and Leake, B. (2019) AES self-monitoring and evidence: challenges and opportunities. A behavioural analysis. Countryside and Community Research Institute: Cheltenham.
Lenormand, T, (2020) Covid 19 Crisis Short part 3 – Short of Milk, Short of Cash - Blog Post about the milk crisis and COVID-19, including data/analysis from his MSc research in South Pembrokeshire.
MINAGRIS, an EU-funded project which launches today, will explore how plastic debris is affecting soil biodiversity, soil functions, related ecosystem services, and agricultural productivity.
e Ingram, Jane Mills, Matt Reed, and Charlotte Chivers of the CCRI were recently involved in delivering two sessions at Eurosoil 2021.
The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference takes place from Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September 2021 and two researchers from CCRI will contribute to the online event.
CCRI’s Dr Julie Urquhart has been appointed to the newly formed Trees and Woodlands Scientific Advisory Group (TAW-SAG), established to provide expert scientific input to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to inform the England tree planting programme.
Defra have published CCRI research how professional fishers and recreational anglers participate in the management and science of fisheries in England.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Reed as the CCRI’s new Director.