HND (Rural Resource Management), MPhil (Sociology)
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Chris has extensive expertise in inter and trans-disciplinary research across agriculture, forestry, nature conservation, cultural landscapes and amenity. In particular, he is interested in how different communities and partnerships can contributing to current challenges such as biodiversity decline, extreme weather and climate change. He is active in the development and implementation of new rural development and agri-environment policy, as well as the nature of partnerships and knowledge exchange that these require. He has considerable expertise in issues relating to landscape scale initiatives, shared resources, collective action and common land across Europe. He is Co-investigator on the NERC funded LANDWISE project assessing the role of natural flood management in lowland agricultural projects based at the University of Reading. Other projects include: (WILD) evaluating the benefits of an integrated approach to land and water management; (FUTGRAZE and GOVOUT) the governance and management of common land in Norway and the UK; and the development monitoring and evaluation of agri-environment schemes and other land management policies (Defra/Natural England M&E framework).
Chris teaches on the Geography BA/BSc course and the Applied Ecology MSc programme, as well as the new Catalyst funded programmes at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester. He is Chair of the Upper Thames Catchment Partnership and the Foundation for Common Land and a Board member of the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership. He is also a member of an expert panel advising Defra on the contribution of social science to policy development and implementation. He is currently supervising three PhD students, Caitlin Hafferty, Theo Lenormand and Leon Radix as well as a number of MSc dissertations.
Chris teaches on the Geography BA/BSc course and the Applied Ecology MSc programme, as well as the new Catalyst funded programmes at the Royal Agricultural University. He is Chair of the Upper Thames Catchment Partnership and the Foundation for Common Land and a Board member of the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership. He is also a member of an expert panel advising Defra on the contribution of social science to policy development and implementation.
Chris Short’s recent activities
CCRI researchers Julie Ingram and Chris Short, together with Kenny Lynch from SNSS with support from CCRI placement student Ella Rowe, successfully ran an online conference for University of Gloucestershire researchers on 16th December.
Chris Short will be guest Editor of a Special Issue of the Journal ‘Sustainability’ on the theme of ‘Sustainable Agricultural Land Management: Co-Benefits and Challenges in 21st Century’. Find out how to submit articles for consideration.
The summer period has been a successful time for CCRI researchers with five papers having been published or accepted for publication.
Chris Short is co-author of a new article arising from the PEGASUS project published in Landscape and Urban Planning and available as an open access article.
Yesterday Chris Short, and Dr Angie Elwin from the University of Reading conducted a webinar as part of the Landwise project.
Later this week, the 11th Oxford Real Farming Conference takes place. CCRI’s Chris Short will be attending and presenting in a key session concerning common land.