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Overcoming the Knowledge to Action Gap

Forest Research

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Food System Impacts of COVID-19


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The Prince’s Countryside Fund: Livestock Auction Marts Research Project

The Prince's Countryside Fund and the John Oldacre Foundation Endowment

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BCHT: Bio-Cultural Heritage Tourism

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

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Demonstration test catchment Project - LM0304 (Phase 2 - Extension)


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Nuffield Farming Lecture scholarship

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SUSTAinable Intensification Network - SUSTAIN


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The viability of the UK family farm

Prince's Countryside Fund

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Environmental Effectiveness of the HLS Stewardship Scheme, resurvey SL-07102

Natural England via NERC CEH

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Valuing Nature


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Sustainable Intensification Platform


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The Impact of Social Purpose Organisations on Skills and Training

South West Forum, Big Lottery Fund

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South West Agricultural Resource Management (SWARM)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)/SWRDA

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Validation of Fertiliser Manual (RB209) recommendations for grassland

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

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Economic Impact Assessment of Bovine Tuberculosis in the South West

National Farmers Union

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Processes of Technical Change in British Agriculture: Innovation in the Farming of South West England, 1935 - 1985


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Sustainable Rural Futures (SRF)

Devon County Council (DCC)

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Measuring changes in behaviour as a response to a change in waste collection regime

May Gurney

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Murray Black Award

British Society of Animal Science

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CRPR Research Seminars

Duchy College

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Impact of UK Livestock on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

National Farmers Union

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Improving the Success of Agri-Environment Initiatives: the Role of Farmer Learning and Landscape Context


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Professor Michael Winter


Professor of Land Economy and Society


01392 723837

Lazenby House G.02


Michael is a rural policy specialist and social scientist with particular interests in applying inter-disciplinary approaches to policy-relevant research and in direct engagement in the policy process.  His current research focuses on the governance of sustainable agro-food systems and food security; the historical and contemporary sociology of west country agriculture; & farmer environmental attitudes and decision-making, particularly in the context of diffuse pollution and water quality. 

He chairs the Devon Nature Partnership and is a board member of Natural England, the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Rothamsted Research. 

Previous appointments include: Chair of North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Partnership, Visiting Programme Director in Food Security at Wilton Park (Foreign Office), member of Defra’s Panel of Agricultural & Environmental Economists, the National Ecosystem Assessment Expert Panel, & DEFRA’s Science Advisory Council, and a Commissioner for the Commission for Rural Communities from its inception in 2006 until its abolition in 2013. In 2000, he was a member of the Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales chaired by Lord Burns. In 2008-09 he vice-chaired an inquiry into the future for the uplands reporting to the Prime Minister.   




Research group links

Research interests

Agricultural policy analysis and governance.

Sustainable agro-food systems and food security.

Sociology, politcal economy and history of agriculture.

Farmer environmental attitudes and decision-making, particularly in context of diffuse pollution and water quality.

Agricultural tenure and property rights in the UK.

Nature conservation, land management and ecosystem services. 

Research supervision


Avaibale to supervise PhD students 

For more details visit the Centre for Rural Policy Research Web pages.


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