PGR Student News – Spring 2024

An update of what the Post Graduate Students have been up to over what has been a particularly wet start to the new year.

Following a successful few months of research presentation and dissemination at the CCRI Winter School 24 & NbS Event, Josh Davis is now formalising literary findings – acting, in part, as the basis for an exploratory assessment of skills needed for nature recovery. This involves circulating short research questionnaires to relevant practitioners (i.e., farmers, land managers, agri-environmental advisory/extension services, bridging organisations, etc.), before supplementing these early findings with a series of interviews over the summer months. Stay tuned for more research developments and links to participate!

More broadly, Josh was also interviewed for the CCRI Podcast, documenting his early doctoral experiences alongside fellow Ph.D. Student Annie Buckle and long-standing CCRI research fellow Daniel Keech. If you haven’t yet done so, it’s well worth tuning in!

Pippa Simmonds is currently in thesis hermit mode, with spare time devoted to self care and trying to get a new Parkrun Personal Best.  She is looking forward to being able to share findings from her PhD, and to presenting at the RGS conference this summer. Pippa has also finally finished reading “Girl, Woman, Other” by Bernardine Evaristo, which, if you haven’t read it she thoroughly recommends.

Rob Cole had started the final month of his placement with the Nature for Climate Fund Tree Program social science team. The experience has been providing valuable insights into how the civil service operates as well as given him the opportunity to connect with people throughout government. Recently Rob has been conducting a thematic analysis of open texts responses where participants commented on their experience of the grant application process.