CCRI Postgraduate Winter School

The CCRI Postgraduate Winter School takes place at the University of Gloucestershire Oxstalls Campus on Thursday 12th January.

Following the established tradition of previous CCRI Winter Schools, it is in association with the Royal Geographical Society (the Institute of British Geographers) Rural Geography Research Group and the Rural Services Network.

The CCRI Postgraduate Winter School provides a friendly and supportive environment for postgraduate students working in rural research to present their work and receive constructive feedback from CCRI staff. It is also an opportunity for postgraduate students from all over UK to meet up and exchange ideas.

This year’s school includes presentations from George Cusworth, Tom Wilkins, Jonathon Wilshaw and Rob Jarman, all from the University of Gloucestershire, as well as students from Plymouth University, Royal Agricultural University and Oxford Brookes.

The full programme is outlined below:

Final Agenda – CCRI Winter School – 12th of January – Oxstalls Campus


10:00 – Welcomes and Introductions

10:20 – Presentation 1: Felipe da Silva Machado, Plymouth University, presenting research on Rural Change, Globalization and WOOFing

10:40 – Presentation 2: Tom Wilkins, University of Gloucestershire, presenting work investigating whether the housing views and ideologies of those working in the planning industry are reflective of those in the young population.

11:00 – Presentation 3: Adeola Alo, Royal Agricultural University, presenting work on ‘Smallholder Farmers’ Understanding of Climate Change – A Case Study of SW Nigeria

11:20 – Break

11:40 – Presentation 4: Jonathon Wilshaw, University of Gloucestershire, presenting on the question ‘Are Urban Residents Disconnected from Nature?’

12:00 – Presentation 5: David Gimbe Tache Oxford Brookes University, presenting work on Corporate Social Responsibility and Transnational tourism corporations in the case of Kenya

12:20 Presentation 6: Nugun Patrick Jellason, Royal Agricultural University, talking on the topic of ‘Enhancing Resilience of Sub-Saharan African Drylands’ Smallholders to Climate Change

12:40 – Lunch.


1:30 – Presentation 7: George Cusworth, University of Gloucestershire, presenting on the question: ‘How Has Participation in England’s ELS Scheme Impacted the Farmer’s Sense of Environmental Responsibility?

1:50 – Presentation 8: Felipe De Silva Machado, Plymouth University, talking on: ‘Understanding Rural Resilience: Discussion on Methodologies and Analyses’

2:10 – Presentation 10: Rob Jarman, University of Gloucestershire, talking on the history (i.e. native or alien) of the ancient sweet chestnut population of Britain

2:45 – Panel Discussion on Research and PhD Trouble Shooting

3:30 – Thanks and Farewells