Dr Linda Price

Dr Linda Price

Senior Lecturer, Sociology

History, Politics and Sociology

Contact Details

email: linda.Price@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 (85)5355

Sociology/History 1st Class B.A. (University of Worcester) (2000)

PhD ‘The Patriarchal Way of Life of Farm Families in Powys’  (2004) (University of Worcester (Geography))

PGCHET (PG Certificate in Higher Education Teaching) 2007

Linda is delighted to have returned to Worcester after working as an academic at Queen’s University in Belfast for 12 years.  Linda has a broad profile in Rural Sociology/Studies and is particularly interested in how the gender dynamics of family farming link to stress, suicide and engagement within changing, international rural communities. She has also researched the lack of countryside access in Northern Ireland and worked closely with Tourism NI and agricultural organisations such as the Ulster Farming Union. Worcestershire is an excellent location to pursue research and she is currently focused on family farming, sexuality, mental health, suicide and support mechanisms, belonging and embodiment. 

Linda also has an interest in oral history and has received funding to look at the experiences of the Women’s Land Army of World War Two across the UK.  She has developed creative methodologies working with music, arts and heritage groups and has a background in action research demonstrated in a recent investigate piece with the Gay Farmer Helpline which was featured on BBC1 Country file (1st April, 2018).

Linda has research interests in pedagogy and with colleagues has developed a holistic model of Personal Development Planning. She teaches across the Sociology curriculum and draws on her research via interactive teaching methods. 

 

Teaching and Research

Linda has developed new modules in Rural Sociology and looks to embed research-led teaching. Linda is currently working on collaborative research with a focus on creative interventions within, for example, the medical and environmental humanities and social issues such as rural health, poverty, housing and isolation.

Linda welcomes enquiries for PhD study.

Research students 

  • DAERA FUNDED PhD, Lorraine Holloway-McCarney, Family Farming, Gender, Aging and Isolation in Northern Ireland (Primary Supervisor), with Prof. Aileen Stockdale
  • James Hennessy, Place-making and toponyms (with Dr. Augustina Matire)
  • Pius Okoli, Brexit, Agri-Business and Decision Making in Northern Ireland (with Prof. Aileen Stockdale)
  • Dr Laura Michael (with Dr. Brendan Murtagh), Collaboration and Planning in Sacred Spaces (DEL funding)

Recent publications

BBC1 Countryfile (2018), An Investigative Piece on ‘Suicide and Sexuality’, 1st April 

Price, L. and Simpson, M. (2017), The trouble With Accessing the Countryside in Northern Ireland, Environmental Law Review, 19, 3, pp. 183-200

Michael, L., Murtagh, B. & Price, L., (2016) Where Conflict and Peace Take Place: Memorialization, Sacralization and Post-Conflict Space. In Bjorkdahl, A. & Buckley-Zistel, S. (eds.). Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, p.p.  221 241

Bassett, J., Gallagher, E., & Price, L. (2014). Personal Tutors’ Responses to a Structured System of Personal Development Planning: A Focus on ‘Feedback’. Journal for Education in the Built Environment, (0), 1-15

Recent international conference papers 

Price, L (2019), XV111 European Society for Rural Sociology Congress: Rural Futures in a Complex World’. Trondheim, Norway 25th -28th June, (2019), Working Group 8, 26th June, ‘Blood in the Soil’: Farming Men’s Embodied ‘Farmscapes’ in the United Kingdom 

Price, L. (2018), International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society/Institution of British Geographers, Farming Men’s Emotional Farmscapes of Dwelling, 29th - 30th August, Cardiff, 2018

Selected conference organisation

Price, L., Jones, O, and Keech, D (2015), Losing Ground? The Emotional, Affective and Gendered Consequences of Loss of Nature, Home, Place and Rural in Modern/Non-Modern Settings, (Joint RGRG/GFGRG session proposer to RGS-IBG), 1-6th September, Exeter, 2015, Annual Conference

Price, L. and Jeannerod, D. (2015), Setting the Scene: Rurality and International Crime Fiction, International Symposium, (organizers/conveners/chairs) 15th/16th June, Queen’s University, Belfast

Price, L. (2014) Royal Geographical Society/ Institute of British Geographers, Annual Conference, London, Reshaping Gender, Class and Rurality, Convener/Chair/Discussant in session jointly sponsored by Gender and Feminist Geography Research Group/Rural Geography Research Group, 29th August, 2014

Selected invited speaker  

Price, L. (2015), Invited Panel Member, International Symposium: Local Musicking in Cross Cultural Perspectives, The Brass Band Movement within Evolving Communities, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities (ICRH), Local Musicking Research Group, Queen’s University, Belfast 15th April, 2015

Price, L. (2015), Invited Panel Member, ‘MedFest: International Medical Film Festival, Global Medicine and Civilizations’, Cultural Approaches to Heath and Medicine, Royal college of Psychiatrists, Queen’s University Belfast, 4th March, 2015

Price, L. (2014), ‘Local Musicking and the Evolution of British-Style Brass Band Movement: Opportunities for Cultural Planning, Local Musicking and Performativity in Cross-cultural Perspectives ICRH Research Project Group, 20th October, 2014, Queen’s University Belfast research centres

Price, L. (2014) ‘Blood in the Soil: Belonging, Suicide and Representations of Family Farming’ (invited Speaker), Warren Center, Van der Bilt University, Nashville, U.S.A, 23rd September, 2014

Price, L. (2014) School of Behavioral, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales Australia,  Patrilineal Family Farming: Culture, Suicide and Rural Support in the UK, Canada and Australia, 27th February, 2014 (invited seminar speaker)

Price, L. (2014) School of Humanities, Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Research Development Seminar Series:  ‘Becoming a Researcher: Researcher Positionality, 19th March, 2014 (Invited Seminar Speaker)

Price, L. (2013) The Graduate Institute and Centre for Development Studies, Geneva: Gender and Generation in Rural Areas Conference: ‘Patrilineal Farming Culture, Rural Support and Suicide in the UK and Canada’, 26th-27th September, Geneva (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Price, L. (2009) Irish Symposium of Rural Studies, The Challenges of Integrating Academic insights into Policy approaches to Rural Stress/Support in the UK and Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway, 1st September (invited speaker)

Price, L. (2009) International Conference of Rural Sociology, Vaasa, Finland, ‘Farming, Belonging and the Land: Discourses of Rural Support Networks – UK and Canada’ 17th – 21st August, 2009

Price, L. (2008) Colloquium of Canadian Studies, ‘Managing Diversity in the Countryside – UK and Canada’, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, February, 2008

Price, L., Gallagher, E., and Ritchie, H. (2008) UK Planning Conference, ‘Facilitating Critical and Autonomous Student-Centered Learning through the Development of an Embedded Model of Personal Development Planning; March, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, 2008

Price, L. (2008) ‘The Context of Rural Support in the UK’, Public Lecture, MacEwan Institute for Research on Family and Youth (MIRFY), Edmonton, Canada, August, 2008 (invited speaker)

Price, L. (2007) Paper presented to XXII Congress – European Society for Rural Sociology, – ‘Interpretive Conflict in Feminist Research’ Wageningen, Netherlands, August 19th, 2007 

Price, L. (2007) ‘The Sixth Quadrennial Conference of British, Canadian and American Rural Geographers’ ‘The Global-Rural: Rural Change, Connections and Scale’, ‘Should we do it with men? Feminism, Methodology and Family Farming, July 18th 2007, Spokane, Washington, US

Price, L. (2007) ‘The Heteropatriarchal City and Social Geography’ – Public Lecture, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, November, 2007 (invited speaker) 

Funded research (research grants/awards) 

2018 – DAERA (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs), PhD funding – 3 yrs, fees, stipend and training, ‘Farming Men, Belonging and Retirement’ Lorraine Holloway-McCarney. 70K (Successful) 

2017 – Leverhulme Trust Fellowship, Representations of Farming Men’s Farmscape Across the Life-Course (53k) (not funded)

2016, AHRC, PI, Connected Communities, ‘Blood in the Soil’: Farming Men’s Life-Course Farmscapes (with Dr. Mark Riley, (Geography, Liverpool), Dr. Ciaran Mulholland, Psychiatry, QUB, Dr. Paul Murphy, Drama, QUB), Project Partners: Farming Community Network (UK), Charles Smith; Agricultural Chaplaincy, UK (Rev. Roger Greene; Rural Support, NI, (Dr. Jude McCann), 750k, not funded

2014  ICRH Senior Research Fellowship Support Fund ‘Creativity in Imagined and Material Worlds’, Institute of Collaborative Research in the Humanities’, Queen’s University, Belfast, 7k, PI

2014/15 – ‘Local Musicking in Cross-Cultural Perspectives’, Interdisciplinary Research Project Group of the Institute for Collaborative Humanities, Queen’s University Belfast, CI, 5k

2013/14 – ‘The Girl The Woman’: Generational and Geographical Borders’, Interdisciplinary Research Project Group of the Institute for Collaborative Humanities, Queen’s University  Belfast, CI, 5k

(2010-12) Older Women Workers and Access to Pensions - Ireland - North/South, Centre for Ageing Research Development in Ireland (CARDI), Collaboration with NUI Galway, (CARDI, PI, 40k)

(2010/11) The Women’s Land Army (including Timber Corps) during World War Two: Remembering potential challenges to geographies of gender, RGS-IBG Small Research Grant Scheme, £3,000 (RGS-IBG, PI, 3k)

(2008/9) ‘Discourses of Rural Support Networks’, £3,000, UK and Ireland, (ISEP, 3k, PI)

(2008) ‘Discourses of Rural Support Networks’ Canada, Irish Social Science Platform, total grant £10,000 (ISSP, 10k, PI)

(2008) Partnership Development, Foundation for Canadian Studies, total grant –£800.00

(2008) Collaborative Research Visit to Canada, Queen’s Internationalisation Fund, total grant - £1,200

(2007) Computer Assisted Student Assessment, Work Phase One ‘embedding personal development planning – encouraging critical, reflective learning’, Queen’s Teaching Enhancement Fund, total grant, 12k

(2007) Travel award, Centre for Canadian Studies £200.00 

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow - Higher Education Academy (2007)
  • Fellow -  Rural Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers
  • Member - European Society of Rural Sociology
  • Member -  Irish Social Sciences Platform
  • Member - British Agricultural History Society

Recent Publications

BBC1 Countryfile (2018), An Investigative Piece on ‘Suicide and Sexuality’, 1st April 

Price, L. and Simpson, M. (2017), The trouble With Accessing the Countryside in Northern Ireland, Environmental Law Review, 19, 3, pp. 183-200

Michael, L., Murtagh, B. & Price, L., (2016) Where Conflict and Peace Take Place: Memorialization, Sacralization and Post-Conflict Space. In Bjorkdahl, A. & Buckley-Zistel, S. (eds.). Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, p.p.  221 241

Bassett, J., Gallagher, E., & Price, L. (2014). Personal Tutors’ Responses to a Structured System of Personal Development Planning: A Focus on ‘Feedback’. Journal for Education in the Built Environment, (0), 1-15

Recent international conference papers 

Price, L (2019), XV111 European Society for Rural Sociology Congress: Rural Futures in a Complex World’. Trondheim, Norway 25th -28th June, (2019), Working Group 8, 26th June, ‘Blood in the Soil’: Farming Men’s Embodied ‘Farmscapes’ in the United Kingdom 

Price, L. (2018), International Conference of the Royal Geographical Society/Institution of British Geographers, Farming Men’s Emotional Farmscapes of Dwelling, 29th - 30th August, Cardiff, 2018

Older journal articles 

Price, L. (2012) Rural Support Organizations in the UK and Canada: Their Role in Supporting Patrilineal Family Farming, Sociologia Ruralis, 52, pp. 353-376

Price, L. (2010) ‘Doing it with Men’: Feminist Research Practice and Patriarchal Inheritance Practices in Welsh Family Farming, Gender, Place and Culture, 17, 1, pp.81-99

Price, L. and Evans N. (2009) From Stress to Distress: Conceptualising the British Family Farming Patriarchal Way of Life, Journal of Rural Studies. 25, 1, pp. 1-11

Price, L. and Evans, N. (2006) From ‘As Good as Gold’ to ‘Gold Diggers’: Farming Women and the Survival of British Family Farming, Sociologia Ruralis, 46, 4, pp. 280-299

Peer reviewed book chapters

Michael, L., Murtagh, B. & Price, L., (2016) Where Conflict and Peace Take Place: Memorialization, Sacralization and Post-Conflict Space. In Bjorkdahl, A. & Buckley-Zistel, S. (eds.). Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, p.p.  221 241

Price. L. and Conn, R. (2012) ‘keeping the Name on the Land’: Patrilineal Succession in Northern Irish Family Farming. In M. Lobley and J. Baker, 2012 (eds.) International Perspectives on Succession and Retirement on Family Farms, Ashgate, Farnham, pp. 35-52 (graded for REF 2014)

Price, L. (2010b) The Damaging Impacts of Patriarchy on UK Male Family Farmers, Chapter Three. In G. Winchell, Doug Ramsey, R. Koster, G. Robinson, Eds. Sustainable Rural Community Change: Geographical Perspectives from North America, the British Isles, and Australia, Eastern Washington University Press, Spokane, Washington, U.S., pp. 42-62 (graded for REF 2014)

Price, L. and Evans, N. (2005) Work and Worry: Revealing Farm Women’s Way of Life. In Little, J. and Morris, E. (eds.) Critical Studies in Rural Gender Issues, Ashgate (returned for previous REF)

Other Publications

Price, L. (2011) Rural Support Networks in the UK and Canada: The Influence of the Patrilineal Culture of Family Farming, Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning, Working Paper 3, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University, Belfast 

Price L. (2009). Gender: Historical Geographies of. In Kitchin R, Thrift N (Eds) International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, Volume 1, Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 328-3

Price, L., (2006) A new Farming Subsidy? Women, Work and Family Farm Survival, Royal Agricultural Society England Journal, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, pp. 1-18 

External Roles

Linda is a regular peer reviewer for international publications such as Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis and Gender, Place and Culture.

She has examined PhD’s and presents at international conferences such as the forthcoming European Rural Sociology conference in Trondheim, Norway. Here she has convened sessions with colleagues from Liverpool University, Bath Spa and Exeter Universities.

Linda was awarded the Institute for Collaborative Humanities, Senior Research Fellowship at Queen’s University in 2015 which brought in funding to convene round tables on the growing international phenomena of male, farming suicide. This culminated in the organisation of an international conference. Linda is also currently acting as a consultant on a novel based in a farming community in Northern Ireland.

During Sabbatical leave Linda held the following positions in Australia.

(February, 2014) Visiting Research Fellow (2014), University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, School of Cognitive and Behavioural Sciences

(Hosted by Dr. Neil Argent)

(March 2014) Adjunct Lecturer, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, and School of Humanities) (hosted by Prof. Barbara Pini).