Institute of Science & the Environment
BSc First Class (Hons) Geography and Natural Hazards, Coventry University.
Thesis title: ‘Farmers’ interpretation of climate change in the Southern Welsh marches’.
Currently a full time Mphil/PhD student, Rebecca is an agricultural geographer. Her thesis will seek to readdress the gap in the social science’s investigating the impacts of climate change. Specifically this research will explore the way in which climate science is communicated with farmers and the process that individual farmers undergo to allow for the understanding of scientific knowledge within the context of the farm decision-making process. Present and potential climate change adaptations will be explored utilising climate scenarios throughout a series of questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and focus groups with a range of farmers representing different farm sectors, experiences and land conditions across; Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire. The thesis will seek to address a bias of international literature addressing the impacts of climate change on farm sectors in the developing world and North America.
Prior to joining the University of Worcestershire, Rebecca volunteered In 2009 with a natural resource NGO; Action for social Advancement in Bhopal, India. Here she focused on engagement of tribal and marginalised farmers in agri-buisness, and building farm resilience. In 2009-2010 Rebecca gained much experience in the rural research sector as a research assistant at the Countryside and Community Research Institute, Cheltenham. Rebecca’s research interests include; climate change adaptation, community resilience, agri-business, and stakeholder engagement.
- Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research
Rebecca is currently assisting on: GEOG1002 Mapping the Environment, and provides support for undergraduate Geography fieldtrips.
Rebecca is a Postgraduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Mills, J., Short, C., Ingram, J., Griffiths, R., Dwyer, J., McEwen, L., Chambers, F. (2010) Review of the Exmoor Mires Restoration Project. A Report for the Exmoor National Park Authority. Cheltenham: CCRI.
Short, C., Griffiths, R., Phelps, J. (2010) Inspiring and Enabling Local Communities: a delivery model for the Big Society and the Environment. Report to Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group and Natural England. Cheltenham: CCRI
- External Responsibilities