PhD completions

View our postgraduate PhD completions.

The CCRI has a long track record of hosting PhD students throughout its history. Topics have evolved over the years to reflect the activities, specialities and staff within the CCRI. We have supported British, European and International students as they conduct their research, which for many has been the beginning of an illustrious academic career.

Below is a list of postgraduate student PhD completions presented by year. If you are interested in doing a research degree or have any questions, please get in touch.

PhD completions by year


  • Hafferty, Caitlin: Stakeholder engagement in the digital age: Practitioners’ perspectives of the challenges and opportunities for planning and environmental decision-making
  • Morse, Aimee: The role of social and intellectual capital in the collective delivery of landscape-scale environmental improvements: Lessons from the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund


  • Shankar, Gayathiri Gowri: Integrating key aspects of landscape and sustainable building development with the use of environmental assessment tools
  • Bodede, Adewunmi: An assessment of the impact of pesticide use by urban and peri-urban cultivators in Ibadan, south-western Nigeria


  • Cusworth, George: Exploring the long-term social and land management impacts on participants of the Entry Level Stewardship Scheme
  • Moss, Oliver: “It’s all about looking, isn’t it?”: A critical investigation of the embodied geographies of outdoor drawing and painting
  • Skaalsveen, Kamilla: Assessing the impact of farming practices on soil functions: achieving benefits for soil, water quality and flow and the farm business


  • Bundhoo, Dilshaad: Developing a context based framework for understanding interpersonal resilience


  • Prichard, Stephen: The social construction of landscape scale conservation projects as delivered by The Wildlife Trusts movement in England


  • Bell, Chris: The local economic impacts of the conversion and re-use of traditional working buildings
  • Gillian, Cope: Towards understandings of visitor experience and practices that shape new meanings of place at National Trust sites


  • Fisher, Rhiannon: The role of social capital in increasing the response capacity of south west farmers to bovine tuberculosis


  • Prince, Nick: Agricultural property rights and the county farms estate in England and Wales


  • Hart, Jane: An evaluation of the effectiveness of the planning system in securing the retention of village services in rural Devon
  • Smith, Julie: The everyday life of food: the cultural economy of the traditional food market in England


  • Valchovska, Stela: Entrepreneurship among post-socialist agricultural producers: the case of Bulgaria


  • Urquhart, Julie: Public Benefits from Private Forests and Woodland in England: Investigating the Opportunities for Public Good Enhancement


  • Curtis, Richard: Debating the public benefits of community woodlands on degraded land: claims, aspirations and experience at reclamation sites in the North-West of England


  • Curtis, Richard: Debating the public benefits of community woodlands on degraded land: claims, aspirations and experience at reclamation sites in the North-West of England


  • Groom, Genevieve: From ‘Mother Earth’ to ‘Father Holding the Baby’: a gendered analysis of organic agriculture in Gloucestershire, England
  • Wragg, Amanda: An exploration of the Dynamics of Consensual Approaches in Biodiversity Planning for the Wider Countryside: Evaluating the Usefulness and Applicability of Actor-Network Theory
  • Goodenough, Alice: The place of young people in the spaces of collective identity: case studies from the Millennium Green scheme


  • Ingram, Julie: Agricultural Advisers and the transition to sustainable soil management in England: an analysis of the role of knowledge and knowledge processes
  • Kambites, Carol: From global discourse to local action: Town Councils and sustainable development
  • Johnson, Richard: Principles and means for rural land (re)distribution: a study in South Africa
  • Johnson, Gillian: Implementing the Rural Development Regulation in South West England: exploring the potential for sustainability in rural land use through policy design


  • Wright, Nicholas: Mapping the language of landownership: discourses of property, management and rurality


  • Rushbrook, Elisabeth: Models of controversy: an exploration of cultural theory and the GM crop debate
  • Kirkwan, James: The reconfiguration of producer-consumer relations within alternative strategies in the UK agro-food system: the case of farmers’ markets


  • Watts, Kevin: Planning for biodiversity in the wider countryside: recognising opportunities, overcoming barriers
  • James, Marie-Eva: The practice of local partnership in rural development: the case of Newent (UK) and Sault (France)
  • Vigileos, George: Analysis of institutional structures for sustainable solid waste management for the south west of England
  • Boase, Ros: Long-distance footpaths as catalysts for local development: the role of Parish Councils


  • Walsh, Kathleen: The potential of participatory evaluation for rural community development
  • Walker, Mark: A white and (un)pleasant land?: minority ethnic experiences of the English countryside


  • Green, Daniel: The environmental dimension of the European Union LEADER 1 programme
  • Hawkins, Virginia: Landscape ecological planning: a study of the principles and methods of landscape ecology and their application to the planning and management of rural land use change in Britain


  • Clark, Michael: A study of teleworking in rural Britain
  • West, Emma: The Danube River Basin Environmental Programme: an evaluation of Phase 1 using the policy networks approach


  • Parker, Gavin: Citizens’ rights and private property rights in the English