ClientProject Title Project Leader
StatusStartedCompletedResearch Summary or ReportKey words
CPREGIS of the Lower Severn ValeRob BerryActive2012ongoingGloucestershire, River, Severn, GIS, Technology,
EU Horizon 2020SoilCareJane Mills and Julie Ingram
Active20162021soil, ecosytems, environment
EU Horizon 2020Rural-Urban Outlooks: Unlocking Synergies (ROBUST)Damian MayeActive20172021urban, peri-urban, city, rural,
EU Horizon 2020Towards SUstainable and REsilient EU FARMing systems (SURE-Farm)Mauro ViganiActive20172021agriculture, farming, agricultural systems, resilience
Forestry CommissionForest of Dean Landscape Partnership – EvaluationChris ShortActive20142021Gloucestershire, forest, trees, heritage, communities
NERCLANDWISEChris ShortActive20172021land, soil, flood,
European Social Fund (ESF) and Big LotteryGoing the Extra Mile (GEM)Paul CourtneyActive20162019SROI, social values, community
Soil AssociationEvaluation of Innovative Farmers programmeMatt Reed, Julie Ingram and Jane MillsActive20162019knowledge transfer, education, farmers
EU Horizon 2020Agridemo F2FJulie Ingram and Jane MillsCompleted20172019learning, knowledge transfer, agriculture
EU Horizon 2020 Research ProgrammeSUFISAJames Kirwan; Damian MayeCompleted20152019fishing; agriculture;
Heather TrustEconomic analysis and project evaluation of the ‘Molland Graze the Moor' Janet DwyerActive20162019grazing, cattle, moor, agriculture, biodiversity
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeRECAREJulie IngramCompleted20142019soil, ecosytems
Historic EnglandHeritage, natural capital and ecosystem services: Historic buildings and boundariesPeter GaskellActive20182018historic buildings; landscape; ecoystems;
Historic EnglandDeveloping an ecosystems approach: Dry stone wallsPeter GaskellActive20172018dry-stone walls, ecosystems, historic landscape
Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW)The Implications of Brexit for Agriculture, Rural Areas and Land Use in Wales
Janet DwyerCompleted20172018Final reportBrexit, Wales, Agriculture, Policy, Rural
Historic EnglandHeritage, natural capital and ecosystem services: Lower Severn ValePeter GaskellActive20182018historic buildings; historic landscapes; GIS,
EU Horizon 2020 Research ProgrammePEGASUSJanet DwyerCompleted20152018Key findings and news from final PEGASUS conferencePublic Ecosystem Goods; land management: Synergies; agriculture; forestry
Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
EU Horizon 2020
SOFIAMarco Della GalaCompleted20162018Download research summaryfood, food app, technology, MiLarder, AAFNs, food networks
Defra Enhanced Annual Implementation Report (EAIR)Janet DwyerCompleted20172017rural development, Brexit, agriculture
Community Council for SomersetAgents for ChangePaul CourtneyCompleted20162017Final Reportsrural, isolation, community, poverty, vulnerable
Public Policy Institute for WalesWhat works in Tackling Rural Poverty – An evidence review of rural poverty interventionsJohn PowellCompleted20162017rural, poverty, rural economy, rural transport, rural services,
rural housing
LEAFThe effect and impact of LEAF Marque certification in the delivery of more sustainable farming: a study to understand the added value to farmersMatt ReedCompleted20172017Final Reportsustainable farming, certification, LEAF, soil, water, Integrated Farm Management (IFM)
RSNRural surveyNick LewisCompleted20172017rural services, rural healthcare, public transport, rural housing, rural crime
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeVALERIEJulie IngramCompleted20132017Download research summaryinnovation, agriculture, forestry,,
Mapping Rural Broadband with GISRob BerryCompleted20152017GIS, broadband, map
Gloucestershire County CouncilActive TogetherPaul CourtneyCompleted20142016Gloucestershire, sport, recreation, fitness, health
Bavarian Research Alliance and University of GloucestershireUrban horticulture and local food: identity, governance and economy in Bath and BambergDan KeechCompleted20152016Download research summaryurban food, city food,
Defra / AdasEx-Post Evaluation of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) 2007-2013Janet Dwyer / John PowellCompleted20162016agriculture, agri-environment schemes, rural economy, rural development
Tudor TrustDevelopment of a Monitoring and Evaluation framework and a Forecast SROI for Hulme Community Garden Centre (HCGC) and to support the Growing Health networkPaul CourtneyCompleted20152016SROI, community, monitoring and evaluation framework, disadvantaged, vulnerable, community, rural isolation
DefraEvaluation of the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF)Paul CourtneyCompleted20132016SROI, Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA), rural economy, community
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeGLAMURJames KirwanCompleted20132016Download research summaryfood, local food, food chain,
European Parliament AGRIThe role of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy in creating rural jobsMauro Vigani, John PowellCompleted20152016Full reportCommon Agricultural Policy, rural employment, jobs,
Environment Agency;
Natural England
Cotwolds Water Park WILD projectChris ShortCompleted20122016Download Phase One summaryflood, natural flood management, ecosystems, community, partnership
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeSupurbfoodMatt ReedCompleted20122015Documents and final reports
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food, food chains, urban, resilience
DefraSocial Science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment ProjectDamian MayeCompleted20102015BVDP, cattle, bovine, TB
Natural EnglandES Monitoring & Evaluation Framework - Assessing the role of advice and support in the establishment of Higher Level Stewardship agreements Agri-environment monitoring theme: Higher Level Stewardship outcomesChris ShortCompleted20132015Download research summarystewardship, advice, support
Soil AssociationEvaluation of the Duchy Originals Future Farming ProgrammeJulie IngramCompleted20142015soil, organic, agriculture, sustainable, field Labs, knowledge exchange.
AHRCIn conversation with...:co-designing with more-than-human communitiesOwain JonesCompleted20132015more-than-human communities, non-human, communties
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeSmartSOILJulie IngramCompleted20112015 SmartSoil websitesoil, ecoystems, land management
Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency
An exploration of factors that influence the expansion of the area affected by endemic bTBDamian MayeCompleted20122015bTB, bovine, cattle, badger
AHRCTowards hydrocitizenship. Connecting communities with and through responses to interdependent, multiple water issuesOwain JonesCompleted20142015flood, water, flood drought, waste, security, access to water, biodiversity, landscape assets
AHRCBetween the tidesOwain JonesCompleted20122015water, river, Severn, tidal landscapes, Severn Estuary, Wadden Sea
Natural EnglandES Monitoring & Evaluation Framework – Assessing the impact of advice and support on the outcomes of Higher Level Stewardship agreements Agri-environment monitoring theme: Higher Level Stewardship outcomesChris ShortCompleted20132015 Download project summarystewardship, advice, support
Severn and Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee/Stroud District CouncilRural Sustainable Drainage System (RSuDs) - Film productionChris ShortCompleted20152015flood, Gloucestershire, natural flood management, ecoystems,
Exmoor Hill Farming NetworkState of Farming on Exmoor studyJanet DwyerCompleted20142015Download research summaryfarming, agriculture, National Park, Exmoor
DefraThe ‘good farmer’: farmer identities and the control of exotic livestock disease in EnglandRhiannon Naylor/Damian MayeCompleted20142015latest updateexotic disease, compensation, policy, animals, agriculture, livestock
Leverhulme ‘Artist in Residence’ grant - 'Sabrina Dreaming'Antony LyonsCompleted20142015river, water, Severn Estuary, personification
Natural Resources WalesImplementation of changes and updates to the national LANDMAP GIS database for WalesRobert BerryCompleted20142014Wales, GIS, land, Historic Landscape, Cultural Landscape, Visual and Sensory (V&S), LANDMAP
European CommissionStudy on the competitiveness of European wines - UK case studyJanet DwyerCompleted20142014Download research summarywine, agriculture, vineyards,
Natural EnglandEvaluating the effectiveness of Environmental Stewardship for the conservation of historic buildingsPeter GaskellCompleted20132014Final reportstewardship, historic buildings, historic environment, conservation
EU DG CLIMA.Study on the analysis of climate hotspots in Member States as regards rural development (EAFRD)Janet DwyerCompleted20132014rural development, policy, climate
Developing a Framework for a Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) Scheme in the Cotswolds
Chris ShortCompleted20132014Final reportPES, Cotswold catchment, Cotswold Catchment Sensitive Farming
Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT)Local Food Programme evaluationJames KirwanCompleted20092014food, food co-ops, allotments, education and learning, farmers' markets, community food growing, box schemes, composting, agriculture, food distribution, community gardens and city farms
DefraInvestigating the impact of proposed CAP reforms on farmers’ behaviourJane MillsCompleted20132014farmer behaviour, attitudes, CAP, Common Agricultural Policy, EU
FWAGUpper Thames Pilot CatchmentChris ShortCompleted20122014flood, water, river, Gloucestershire, integrated local delivery
Fostering Green Growth in Agriculture: The Role of Training, Advisory Services and Extension Initiatives
Janet Dwyer; Matt ReedCompleted20142014Final reportagriculture, knowledge, teaching, training, advice
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeSOLINSAJulie IngramCompleted20112014Download research summarysustainable agriculture, rural development.
Heritage Lottery fund and the Welsh GovernmentForgotten landscape project feasibility study and business planChris ShortCompleted20132013industrial heritage, World Heritage Site, Wales
DefraJohn PowellCompleted20122013SROI, social return on investment, rural development
Gloucestershire County Council Mapping Community in GloucestershireCarol KambitesCompleted20122013Gloucestershire, community, communities
Cornwall Development Company (CDC); South West Upland
Initiative Partners and SWRDA
South West Uplands Initiative (SWUI) project evaluationPeter GaskellCompleted20102013Final reportuplands, agriculture, Bodmin Moor Livestock Initiative, Dartmoor Hill Farm Project, Exmoor Hill Farm Project
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeCAPRIJanet DwyerCompleted20092013Project websiteCommon Agricultural Policy Regional Impact, policy
European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development Semi-Subsistence Farming – Value and Directions of DevelopmentJanet DwyerCompleted20122013Common Agricultural Policy, CAP
Ministry of Resources and Rural Affairs in MaltaA strategic approach to Malta’s new Rural Development Programme, 2014-2020Janet DwyerCompleted20122013Download research summaryRural Development, Malta
Local Food ProgrammeLocal Food Programme: A Social Return on Investment ApproachPaul CourtneyCompleted20112013SROI, local food, local economy, economy,
DefraFarmer attitudes to environmental managementJane MillsCompleted20112013Final report
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environmental management, attitudes, farmer, environmental management, environment
DefraEvidence to support negotiations on future AGri-Env Schemes (AES)Chris ShortCompleted20122013Download final reportagri-environment schemes, AES
The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Additional funding provided through Fells and Dales RDPE LEADER for Cumbria, and the Duchy of Cornwall for Dartmoor.Evaluation of the Hill Farming Training Project PilotChris ShortCompleted20122013Download research summaryagriculture, farming, hill farming, training
DefraAlternative Service Delivery Models in Rural AreasNigel CurryCompleted20132013Download research summaryrural service delivery, rural services
SW ForumValuing the economic contribution of community development projects in GloucestershirePaul CourtneyCompleted20112013Gloucestershire, rural development,
Making Local Food WorkSmall scale food productionMatt ReedCompleted20112012food, local food, urban
EC (DG AGRI)Synthesis of mid-term evaluations of Rural Development Programmes 2007–2013Janet DwyerCompleted20122012Final reportrural development
Defra The Campaign for the Farmed Environment: evaluation of partnership, local and wider impactsJohn PowellCompleted20122012Final reportfarming, agriculture, environment, partnerships,
European ParliamentHow to improve sustainable competitiveness & innovation of EU agricultureJanet DwyerCompleted20122012CAP, Common Agricultural Policy, Reform
'New Dynamics of Ageing’ programme. collaboration between five UK Research Councils – ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC and AHRCGrey and Pleasant Land? Nigel CurryCompleted20092012Download research summaryrural health, ageing, New Dynamics of Ageing, rural community
Welsh Historic Environment GroupClimate change and the historic environment of WalesJohn PowellCompleted20122012Download research summaryWales, climate, historic environment,
Natural EnglandEvaluation of permissive access under Higher Level Stewardship (HLS)John PowellCompleted20112012stewardship, Higher Level Stewardship (HLS), partnerships, stakeholders, environmental benefits
Defra and Natural EnglandEconomics of Co-ordination in Environmental Stewardship Jane MillsCompleted20122012Final report

environmental benefits, stewardship,partnerships, stakeholders
DefraMethodology for assessing the environmental, economic and social characteristics of (organic and non-organic) farming systemsMatt Reed; Paul CourtneyCompleted20092012farming systems; life-cycle approach; agriculture
Rural Development Plan for WalesEvaluation of the Commons Development Officer role under Glastir in WalesChris ShortCompleted20112012commons, Wales, rural development
Serbian Ministry for Agriculture, Trade, Forests and Water ManagementProviding guidance to the Serbian Ministry in the identification, screening and preparation of documentation for European Union Instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA) funded projectsJohn PowellCompleted20102011Serbia, Instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA), agriculture
Exmoor National Park Authority and Natural England An ecosystem services pilot in the South West – building a framework for deliveryJanet DwyerCompleted20102011ecoystems, Exmoor, National Park, uplands
EUEvaluation of CAP Measures Applied to the Wine SectorJanet DwyerCompleted20112011Download research summaryCommon Agricultural Policy, CAP, wine, vineyards
Agriculture and Rural Development Directorate-General of the European CommissionCommon Agricultural Policy (CAP) and biodiversity studyJanet DwyerCompleted20102011Final Reportfarming, rural economy, agriculture, CAP, Common Agricultural Policy, biodiversity
Handicap InternationalBosnia and Herzegovina participatory mine action and development (PMAD)John PowellCompleted20092011Download research summarymine action, rural development,local participatory approach, mine risk management
DefraSocial Impacts of Fishing (NEE 0902)Matt ReedCompleted20092011Final reportfishing, tourism, rural economy, community
ESRC RELUGrowing risk? The potential impacts of plant diseases on land use and the UK rural economyBrian Ilbery; Damian MayeCompleted20072011Download research summaryplant disease, land use, rural economy
European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism (EFNCP)Assessment of single farm payment on graziers in UK & IrelandChris ShortCompleted20102011Single Payment Scheme (SPS), graziers, commons, common land, uplands
DefraDeveloping approaches to ex-post assessment of regulatory change impacts at the farm level: prototype studyJohn PowellCompleted20102011Download research summary2008 Nitrate Pollution Control Regulations, 2006 Agricultural Waste Regulations
Higher Education AcademyInterdisciplinary learning in Environmental Sustainable Development (ESD) at taught postgraduate level: research-informed capacity building for curriculum developmentJohn PowellCompleted20102011interdisciplinary approaches, student learning, education, Sustainable Development
Sports Council for WalesMentro AllanNigel CurryCompleted20092011Wales, Community Sport, recreation, outdoor environment, exercise
European Commission, in collaboration with the NSRAC (North Sea Regional Advisory Council) and NWW-RAC (North West Waters Regional Advisory Council)Social and economic impacts of the Cod Recovery PlanJohn PowellCompleted20112011Download research summaryfishing, Common Fisheries Policy, Cod Recovery Plan
The role of community-led planning in empowering communities and influencing strategic thinkingNigel CurryCompleted20092010community-led planning, south-west,
EUExamining the impact of partial and full decoupling of CAP pillar 1 support in the EU IPA Programming and Project Preparation FacilityJane Mills; Janet DwyerCompleted20102010CAP, Common Agricultural Policy
Forestry CommissionWoodland Wealth Appraisal for the East of England: update 2010John PowellCompleted20102010woodland, forests, forestry, East of England
Arkleton TrustRural Community adaptation to Climate Change Mapping ProjectCarol KambitesCompleted20092010Climate Change, Local Communities, community
Exmoor Mire Restoration Steering GroupPeatland Restoration on Exmoor – Review and Recommendations Jane MillsCompleted20102010Download research summarypeatland, Exmoor, Exmoor Mire Restoration project, National Park
PAN-WM, The Department of Health West Midlands, Sport England West Midlands and Natural England.Evaluation of the Rural Activity Care Pathway in South StaffordshireNigel CurryCompleted20092010Activity Care Pathway, recreation, exercise,
LEAFThe Benefits of LEAF Membership: a qualitative study to understand the added value that LEAF brings to its farmer membersJane MillsCompleted20102010LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), certification, food, sustainability
DefraEconomic and environmental impacts of changes in support measures for the English uplands – an in-depth forward look from the farmer’s perspective for the Defra Agricultural Change and Environment ObservatoryPeter GaskellCompleted20092010Final reportfarming, Common Agricultural Policy, CAP, uplands, upland
Commission for Rural CommunitiesMajor life eventsMalcolm MoseleyCompleted20082010rural services, community
Defra and Natural EnglandAttitudinal Survey to Evaluate the Implementation of Uplands Entry Level StewardshipJane MillsCompleted20102010Final reportupland farmers, attitudes, Uplands Entry Level Stewardship scheme, ELS,
ESPON 2013 ProgrammeEuropean Development Opportunities for Rural Areas (EDORA)Paul CourtneyCompleted20082010Final report
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rural development, sustainability, rural economy, urban,
DefraEconomic Impacts of Environmental StewardshipJane MillsCompleted20092010Download research summaryagriculture, Environmental Stewardship, agri-environment scheme, farming
EU 7th Framework ProgrammeAssessing the impact of rural development policies (RuDi)Janet DwyerCompleted20082010RuDI final conferencerural development
DefraStudy of Determined Town and Village Greens ApplicationsChris ShortCompleted20092009Final reportvillage green, town green, local development plan, planning
DefraEx-post evaluation of the England Rural Development Programme (ERDP) 2000-06Janet DwyerCompleted20082009rural economy, rural society, economy, environment
Analysis of Socio-Economic Aspects of Local and National Organic Farming MarketsCompleted20072009Download research summary
Food; Socio-Economic
UK Land Use Policy GroupA review of environmental benefits supplied by agri-environment schemesPeter GaskellCompleted20082008agri-envrionment schemes; agriculture; land use; stewardship
CADW and English HeritageScoping Study on the Socio-economic Benefits of Heritage in the National ParksCompleted20072008Download research summarysocio-economic, heritage, National Park
Commission for Rural Communities (CRC)Policy Implications of the Post-modern countrysideChris ShortCompleted20082008Final reportrural policy
National Heritage Academy (South West)Skilled labour for the heritage and rural landscape sectorMatt ReedCompleted20072007Final reporthistoric buildings, heritage
Oxfordshire Partnership Community-led plans in Oxfordshire: their potential contribution to strategic planningCarol KambitesCompleted20072007Final report">community led, planning
High Weald AONB and English HeritageThe Sustainable Development of Dispersed Settlement in the High Weald AONB Completed20072007Download research summaryAONB
EU 5th Framework ProgrammeSuschainJames KirwanCompleted20032006Final reportfood, food chains, sustainable development
Welsh AssemblyIdentification of Delivery Mechanisms for Welsh Top Tier Agri Environment SchemesCompleted20062006Download research summaryWales, agriculture, agri-environment
Great Western Community Forest, funded by North Wessex
Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Sustainable Development
Fund and Swindon Borough Council Planning Delivery Grant
Green Infrastructure Planning in the Swindon Urban-Rural FringeCompleted20062006Download research summaryplanning,
Commission for rural communitiesSocial contribution of Land-Based Industries to Rural CommunitiesMalcolm MoseleyCompleted20062006Download research summarycommunity,
Limestone Country ProjectCompleted20032006Download research summary

Yorkshire Dales, Upland limestone grassland, mixed grazing, uplands, cattle
ESRCSustainable flood memories and the development of community resilience to future flood risk: a comparative study of three recently flooded communities (ESRC award)Owain JonesCompleted2010Severn, Gloucestershire, river, sustainable flood memory.
Government Office in the South WestPublic Decision Making in Rural AreasCompleted2007Download research summary
RSN and Rural EnglandRural Housing SurveyMatt ReedActive20182018
Norwegian GovernmentFUTGRAZEChris Short and John PowellActive20182021
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Club (SARIC).An adaptive decision-support tool for better grassland management by UK farmersJulie IngramActive20182020
Natural EnglandDeveloping social indicators for the monitoring and evaluation of Agri-environment SchemesJane MillsActive20182020Agri-Environment, Natural England, Defra, Social Science, Social Indicators, AES,
Gloucestershire Market Towns ForumState of the Locality: Analyses of the 18 market towns in GloucestershireMatt ReedCompleted20192019
DefraFeasibility Study for a Survey of FishersJulie UrquhartCompleted20182019Fishing, Fishers, Policy,
AHRCChanging Treescapes: Making visible the cultural values at risk from tree pests and diseases through arts approaches (TREESCAPES)Julie UrquhartActive20202021Trees, Plant health, TREESCAPES,
Research EnglandNational Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE)Janet DwyerActive20202023Rural Enterprise, Innovation,
DefraCo-Designing the Principles for Defining Low Impact FishingJulie UrquhartActive20192020Fishing, Fishers, Policy, Impact,
EU Horizon 2020SPRINT (Sustainable Plant Protection Transition: A Global Health Approach)Jane MillsActive20202025Pesticide, health
Innovate UKPost-Covid Knowledge exchange in agriculture: Evaluating current practice and Co-designing a digital solution to connect farmers and the AKISJulie IngramActive2020COVID-19, Knowledge Exchange, Agriculture,