26th October 2017

Social science researchers will be at Cheltenham Farmers Market on Friday 10th November and Cirencester Farmers Market on the 11th November to give short talks and chat with members of the public about their latest food and farming research and how it affects the products we buy.

The researchers, from the Countryside and Community Research Institute at the University of Gloucestershire, will be setting up stalls at the Cheltenham and Cirencester farmers’ markets as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, which is taking place across the UK between 4th and 11th November.

The events, which will be streamed on social media, are aimed at the general public and themes such as cheese, milk, beer, fish, water and the environment will be up for lively and friendly discussion. People will have the unique opportunity of seeing a demonstration of a local food smartphone app, which is being developed by the researchers to help people access local food.

Dr Matt Reed, a Senior Research Fellow at the University, who is leading the event, says:

“We are delighted to take part in the ESRC Festival, which provides us with an opportunity to share some of our research with the public and demonstrate how it can affect their everyday lives. We will be running stalls at both Cheltenham and Cirencester farmers’ markets with a different range of themes available each day. The events are free and aimed at all ages, with a life-sized cardboard cow and balloons to keep the younger ones interested.”

Other topics up for discussion will include how to use natural flood management to reduce the risk of flooding in the local area, how products travel from farm to table, and the importance of soil for healthy food production.

The ESRC Festival of Social Science 2017 offers a fascinating insight into some of the country’s leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. There are over 300 free events to attend – via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, exhibitions and much more.


Information for Editors:

Event venue:

Location: Cheltenham Farmers Market, The Promenade.
Date: 10 November 2017
Time: 09:00 – 14:00


Location: Cirencester Farmers Market, by the Parish Church.
Date: 11 November 2017
Time: 09:00 – 14:00


Follow the CCRI on Twitter: @CCRI_UK

Twitter hashtags: #esrcfestival

Contact: Dr Matt Reed, Senior Research Fellow

Email: mreed@glos.ac.uk
Telephone: 01242 715314


The Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) is a unique partnership between the University of Gloucestershire, the Royal Agricultural University and Hartpury College. It is the largest specialist rural research centre in the UK, having expertise in all aspects of research in policy and planning for the countryside and the environment of the UK, Europe and further afield. See http://www.ccri.ac.uk/ for more information.


The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is the UK’s largest funder of research on the social and economic questions facing us today. It supports the development and training of the UK’s future social scientists and also funds major studies that provide the infrastructure for research. ESRC-funded research informs policymakers and practitioners and helps make businesses, voluntary bodies and other organisations more effective. The ESRC also works collaboratively with six other UK research councils and Innovate UK to fund crossdisciplinary research and innovation addressing major societal challenges. The ESRC is an independent organisation, established by Royal Charter in 1965, and funded mainly by the Government.


The 2017 ESRC Festival of Social Science takes place from 4-11 November with over 300 free events across the UK. The festival, now in its fifteenth year, is designed to promote awareness of social science research by enabling scientists to engage with the public through debates, talks, workshops, seminars, film screenings, theatre, exhibitions and much more. The festival is a unique opportunity for people to meet with some of the country’s leading social scientists and to discover more about the role research plays in their everyday life. A full programme is available at www.esrc.ac.uk/festival. Join the discussion on Twitter using #esrcfestival. Logos for the festival can be downloaded from the ESRC website.


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