PhD Studentship - Agroecological Transition
University of Gloucestershire
Cheltenham, England
4d ago


PhDStudentship Agroecological Transition

TheUniversity of Gloucestershire’s Countryside and Community Research Institute,supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP),invites applications for funded PhD study in the topic Agroecologicaltransition : understanding farmers’ cultural identities and social practices toenable mixed farming futures (in collaboration with the Soil Association) which will be supervised by Professors Damian Maye and Julie Ingram.

  • Agroecologyis an essential innovation pathway for sustainable land use, maximising the useof ecological processes in the functioning of agroecosystems (Poux and Aubert,2018;
  • Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, 2020). However, there islimited social science analysis of how this agro-ecological transition isunderstood, practised and imagined from a farmer perspective (van der Ploeg etal, 2019).

    This PhD aims to fill this gap through a socio-cultural analysis ofperceptions and practices on livestock and arable farms.

    Advocating mixedfarming’ portfolios, it considers how ruminant livestock and all-arable systemscan adopt agroecology.

    Thestudent will be located within the Soil Association’s Farming and Land UsePolicy group and will be part of an exciting new socio-economic programmerelated to agroecology.

    Fundingis provided at UKRI standard rates.

    Pleaseread the Information document for full details of the studentship and how toapply.

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