Past events

View and explore details and material related to our previous events, conferences and seminars.


The CCRI has a long history of inviting academics to present seminars related to their research. Below are details of all seminars conducted since 2014. More recent seminars may have been filmed and footage can be found on our YouTube channel.

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  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

• ‘Visitors don’t want to smell that!’ by Alison Caffyn
• ‘Fostering learning and knowledge exchange in the UK livestock community’ by Dr Lisa Morgans and Dr Laura Palczynski

• ‘Planning for the future of onshore wind and solar farm’ by Dr Rebecca Windemer
• ‘Raise the Roof – Regenerating regional towns and their rural hinterlands’ by Tim Crabtree
• ‘It’s not black and white! Understanding the knowledge requirements of dairy-bred beef calf rearers’ by Emily Bull.
• ‘Automated transcription for qualitative research’ by Caitlyn Hafferty.
• ‘Urban Sustainability: Nature-based solutions and ecosystem services’ by Dr Alessio Russo.
• ‘Benefits of Enterprise Hubs as a Mechanism for Supporting Rural Businesses’ by Dr Ian Merrell.
• ‘The foundational economy: from theory to practice’ by Dr Jack Watkins.
• ‘Seeking Sustainable Future for Farming’ by Professor Matt Bell.
• ‘When you wish upon a GWP(star). Why has the agricultural sector become involved in the controversy surrounding a new global warming potential metric, and what work is the metric being made to do?’ by Dr George Cusworth.

• ‘Muddying the Waters: The convergence of natural flood management and neoliberal governance in the UK’ by Dr Steven Emery.
• ‘Local Food after the pandemic’ by Ped Asagarian and Dr Daniel Keech.
• ‘Community Supported Agriculture and box schemes’ By Dr Jasmine Black and Nick James.
• ‘Food Citizenship plus Food in Japan during Covid-19’ by Dr Ludivine Petetin and Dr Steven McGreevy.
• ‘Local versus National Food Policy Initiatives’ by Joy Carey and Dr Kelly Parsons
• ‘Local versus National Food Policy Initiatives’ by Dr Julie Urquhart

• ‘Biosecurity strategy for plants and its implementation in Wales’ by Professor David Skydmore.
• ‘Capitals, gender & social contexts in small-scale fishing communities’ by Dr Madeleine Gustavsson.
• ‘Rural Policy – A search for clarity’ by Dr Gordon Morris.
• ‘The future of organic agriculture is participation: charting the waves of the global organic movement’ by Dr Matt Reed.
• ‘Enabling farmer adaptive capacity and learning: experiences in Australia and Indonesia’ by Professor Julie Ingram.
• ‘CAP and Generational Renewal’ by Professor Janet Dwyer.
• ‘Supporting farmers’ adaptive capacity and learning with scientific knowledge: insights from Australia and Indonesia’ by Professor Julie Ingram.
• ‘The social processes behind agroecological scaling in the Maya-Achi territory of Guatemala’ by Nathan Einbinder.

• ‘(Dis)assembling Alternative Food Networks in Sheffield, UK’ by Alberto Serra.
• ‘Rural policies: models and tools from outside the EU’ by Dr Jonathan Baker.
• ‘Are we admiring or helping solve the problem? Views from a veterinarian, policy practitioner & optimist’ by Professor David Main.

• ‘Mixed methods mapping of soil carbon – challenging the usual approaches to mapping the agricultural environment’ by Beth Brockett.
• ‘Small farms survey’ by Rebecca Laughton.
• ‘Natural Capital and Environmental Decision Making’ by Dan Marsh.
• ‘Searching for effective farming policies in Gloucestershire. Examining the scope for a ‘Horticultural Belt’ including food provisioning and prospects for agroecological initiatives’ by Nick James and Liz Child.
• ‘A scenario-based approach for re-addressing planning practice’ by Luca Lazzarini.
• ‘Spatio-economic modelling of agricultural resilience’ by Rob Berry.
• ‘Water and Integrated Local Delivery (WILD) project, enabling local communities and famers to influence their local environment and its future management and development’ by Antony Lyons and Jenny Phelps.
• ‘Sufisa case studies’ by Dr James Kirwan and Dr Damian Maye.
• ‘The role of planning in shaping better urban-rural relationships in Bristol City Region’ by Luca Lazzarini.
• ‘The role of WWOOFing in knowledge provision and transmission’ by Eloise Fresnay.
• ‘Rural changes in Korea’s modernisation and new rurality for the future’ by Dr Joo-In Seong.
• ‘Japan’s cultural landscapes – towards more sustainable policies’ by Professor Janet Dwyer.

• ‘Agri-food studies in Brazil ­ coexistence and complementarities among agricultural development and the food security’ by Professor Sergio Schneide.
• ‘Migrant Workers in the UK Food Production Industry: What I’ve discovered and what I’d like to know’ by Dr Sam Scott.
• ‘Applying large scale longitudinal datasets to understanding health and wellbeing across the life course’ by Dr Rachel Bennett.
• ‘Current trends in integrated landscape protection, planning and management in Norway. The case of the Nærøyfjorden UNESCO World Heritage Area’ by Dr Morten Clemetsen.
• ‘Factors explaining the variability in performance of English farms’ by Steve Langton.
• ‘Decision support tools for agriculture: towards effective design and delivery’ by Dr David Christian Rose.
• ‘Non-farmers’ willingness to farm: a large-scale choice experiment to identify policy options that can induce new entry to the agricultural industry’ by Dr Taro Takahashihe.
• ‘The history of the alternative food movement’ by Sophie Greenway.
• ‘Loss and destruction of social capital and social networks in Spanish rural areas as consequences of the NOT LEADER philosophy’ by Javi Serrano Lara.

• ‘Governing bugs, beasts and forests in the landscape’ by Norman Dandy (Forestry Commission).
• ‘Soils and Environmental Change at the Ends of the Earth’ by Professor David Hopkins
• ‘Mixed Methods GIS: A Research Agenda’ by Dr Rob Berry.
• ‘Risk Management in Agriculture: and overview of EU policies and impact on farm productivity’ by Dr Mauro Vigani.
• ‘The Role of Social Science in Achieving Sustainable Marine Environments’ by Will Barber
• ‘In An Open Field’ by Dr David Buck.

• ‘Sabrina Dreaming’ and ‘Landscape rehabilitation projects in West Africa’ by Antony Lyons and Sarah Moore.
• ‘Tensions in transdisciplinary practice’ by Dr Frances Harris.
• ‘Multidimensional Assessment of Sustainability: Challenges and Breakthroughs’ by Dr Stanislav Shmelev.

Conferences and events

Since its inception, the CCRI has regularly hosted a variety of conferences, lectures and other events. Details of these events are provided below, and where available links to associated documentation or footage.

Inaugural Professorial Lectures

Several inaugural lectures have been conducted by CCRI researchers upon attainment of their professorial chair.

Common Land and Town and Village Green Seminars

In 1999, the CCRI (then CCRU) began hosting a series of national seminars concerning principal developments in common land legislation. The National Seminars on Common Land and Town and Village Greens ran until 2010. Below is all available documentation relating to these seminars.

Policy conferences and other events

The CCRI has hosted numerous conferences aimed at furthering the agenda relating to the areas of its operation. Details, where still available for these are provided below.

In 2008 the CCRI hosted the XII Biennial International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC) conference. This was a truly global event with over 500 delegates from 71 countries.

In 2016, Chris Short conducted a public lecture on the topic of ‘Natural Flood Management’. This event was incredibly popular as the area had suffered from a number of significant flood events in recent years.