Countryside and Community Research Institute

“An internationally excellent Research Institute” (REF, 2021).
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Latest news

Matt Reed and Pippa Simmonds record Podcast

CCRI Director Matt Reed and PhD student Pippa Simmonds have recently recorded a Podcast for the ‘People Place and Nature Podcast’ entitled ‘Farming, Sustainability, and the Food Cycle’.

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About CCRI

CCRI – one of the largest specialist rural research
centres in the UK.


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Current research projects

  • UK Commercial Fishing Social Survey Pilot

    UK Commercial Fishing Social Survey Pilot

    This project is an extension of previous Fisher Social Survey work undertaken by the team, leveraging the insights and methodologies established in the previous stages. The focus of this phase is to conduct two pilot survey rounds to gather data on the fishing industry and its stakeholders.

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  • Rural Wales Local Policy and Innovation Partnership

    Rural Wales Local Policy and Innovation Partnership

    This three-year programme will focus on the challenges of building a regenerative economy, supporting the net zero transition, enhancing health, wellbeing and access to services, and empowering communities and culture, including Welsh language revitalisation.

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  • Land Use for Net Zero (LUNZ) Hub

    Land Use for Net Zero (LUNZ) Hub

    The CCRI is a member of a groundbreaking consortium awarded a £6.5 million grant by the Government to look at how changes to land use will help achieve net zero in the UK by 2050.

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