Current and Recent Research

Researcher for the University of Exeter:  Farmer attitudes to vaccination of badgers against bovine tuberculosis.  Started March 2012.

Background study for James Ravilious:  Reflecting the Rural (see 'Other Activities' tab), with Liz Nicol and Claire Kelly, Plymouth University.  Interviews with a purposively selected sample to test reactions to and interpretations of photographs of rural North Devon taken between 1972 and 1989.  Funded by the Seale-Hayne Educational Trust.

Principal Investigator for New Sources of Employment to Promote the Wealth-Generating Capacity of Rural Communities (RuralJobs).  European Commission Framework 7 Small Collaborative Project with partners in Hungary, Spain, France, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, LIthuania.  Started February 2008, completed November 2010.  UoP budget €217,000. 

Knowledge Transfer Partnership:  Enable Milk Link Ltd to enhance predictions of milk supply, improve planning and augment support to farmer members promoting membership benefits and developing innovative forecasting techniques. With Dr Sanzidur Rahman and Arhaud Haye (researcher). £115,000.  Completed August 2008.

Research project:  Quantitative assessment of the further market opportunity among Cornwall based farmers, to understand their awareness and business aspirations in regard to broadband technology, and overall to assess how ready, willing and able they are to take up broadband and make use of the ‘actnow’ service.  With the Socio-Economic Research and Intelligence Observatory, University of Plymouth, for Actnow.  Completed summer 2007 (see

Research project:  The role of the information intermediary in rural access to online services.  Pilot study funded by Seale-Hayne Educational Trust.  With Susie Bissell (researcher).  Completed 2007.

Research project:  Rural broadband: a study of implementation of broadband solutions for rural SME and micro-businesses.  2-year project funded by Broadband4Devon consortium.  With Dr Steve Childe (Exeter University) and Dr Tom Rogers (researcher).  Completed December 2006.