Partner description

Established in 1988, the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) is part of the University of  Gloucestershire. The CCRI is one of the leading specialist rural research centres in the UK. It has expertise in all aspects of research in policy and planning for the countryside, agriculture and environment, rural development and rural economy and society, with research staff including geographers, sociologists, economists, spatial planners, policy analysts, and environmental scientists. All work is ethically assured and formal systems are in place to enable monitoring and control of progress, finance and quality. CCRI has successfully managed large consortium projects for UK and EU public sector sponsors in recent years. A description of the legal entity and its main tasks.

Role in the project

CCRI is WP leader for Dissemination and Communication (WP8). CCRI will provide expertise in engaging and communicating with a wide range of stakeholders (research, regulators, advice, policy, farming) and ensuring the project outputs are widely disseminated and exploited. With long experience of stakeholder engagement and the Multi Actor Approach it will support WP2 and contribute to an understanding of growers’ plastic use, management, innovations and behaviours, the inventory (3.1), and grower and industry knowledge needs.

Persons involved

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Professor Julie Ingram (F) is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Agri-environmental Systems with >25 years of experience in interdisciplinary research. Her main research interests are concerned with Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems particularly with respect to European agricultural innovation policy development. She is a specialist concerning knowledge exchange within the agricultural community and knowledge processes within the context of sustainable agriculture and natural resource protection, with particular reference to soil. She has published widely in international scientific journals (H-index 18, 1181 citations). She has led WPs for Agridemo F2F, SmartSOIL, VALERIE and SOLINSA projects and has worked on  SoilCare and RECARE dissemination and communication and stakeholder engagement WPs.


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Dr Jane Mills (F) is an Associate Professor in Agri-environment behaviour with >20 years of experience in social sciences and agriculture. She has particular expertise in farmer behaviour, agricultural knowledge systems and knowledge exchange. She has published >40 articles in international scientific journals (H-index 11, 651 citations). She is currently leading the dissemination and communication activities for SoilCare and led the RECARE dissemination and communication work package. She was also involved in the stakeholder engagement and dissemination WPs for SmartSOIL and VALERIE projects

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Dr Charlotte Chivers – Research Assistant – Charlotte is an interdisciplinary scientist with extensive experience conducting mixed methods research. She completed her PhD at the University of Exeter where she explored ways of improving the efficacy of farm advice surrounding diffuse water pollution from agriculture. She has utilised several research methods including rapid evidence assessments, literature reviews, telephone interviews, online questionnaire surveys, focus groups, and workshops. Her research interests relate to soil health, water quality, agri-environmental policy, and agricultural extension. She is involved in other EU-projects, SoilCare and SPRINT, alongside other UK-based projects such as LANDWISE, a Defra-funded Environmental Land Management trial.