Annie Buckle: PhD student

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Annie is in the first year of her PhD at the University of Gloucestershire, in partnership with the Community and Countryside Research Institute (CCRI). Her project aims to identify optimal grazing management and develop best practice in communicating complex science on soil health and sustainability to local farmers and stakeholders.

Annie Buckle

Collaboration forms the core of this project. Co-designing the ecological research with existing farming partners will ensure outputs are directly applicable to local farming needs and farmer involvement in how to efficiently communicate for maximum uptake will firmly root the research within the wider local community.

It will use the data obtained and shared with the partners to develop the most appropriate way of communicating this complex topic to farmers and other stakeholders in an accepted and trusted manner that can be of immediate use.

To reach the wider farming community, optimising communication will focus on appropriate wording, level of interest, and means of delivery in order to elicit changes in behaviour, development and adoption of sustainable principles. There is also potential to inform environmental governance and policy by addressing key aims of the Natural Resource Wales (NRW) Mid Wales Area Statements, which includes natural resource management, maintaining food production, responding to the biodiversity loss and climate change emergencies.

Her PhD is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and supervised by Associate Professor Chris Short (CCRI) and Professor Julie Ingram (CCRI). It is an interdisciplinary research project which combines social sciences and natural sciences.


  • MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, 2022
  • BSc Biological Sciences,2021
  • Dip. Botany, 2016
  • MDes Automotive and Product Design, 2009.