PhD Studentship with the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR)

University of Exeter - Politics Department

About the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR)

The CRPR is a grouping of social scientists within the University of Exeter’s Politics department with a long track record of undertaking research on topics including agricultural and environmental policy, sustainable land management and the sociology of agriculture. Much of this work has a strong policy focus.  Previous PhD students have gone on to a range of career destinations including academia, research support, consultancy and government agencies. We offer a friendly research environment alongside all the benefits of conducting research at one of the UK’s top universities. One of our final year PhD students says:

The CRPR “provides the postgraduate researcher the opportunity to become part of a wider research community from the outset. This ensures that students never feel like they are working in isolation, and subsequently provides opportunities to gain input from a wide pool of friendly specialists in various fields of expertise. On a wider scale, the University of Exeter offers a broad range of postgraduate resources to enhance your development on both a personal and professional level, ensuring that your work and expectations are both manageable and achievable. I feel confident that the skills and self-reliance that I have developed during my time have prepared me well for a future career in research.”

About the award

The CRPR is recruiting for an excellent doctoral student whose areas of interest complement those of our academics and our ongoing research programmes. We are looking for an ambitious scholar who is developing ideas for an independent research agenda in one of the following broad topics:

  • Farmer attitudes to and implementation of agri-environmental policies
  • Farming practices, wildlife and pests
  • Old and new forms of urban food production
  • The politics of sustainable land management
  • New entrants to farming: building knowledge and experience
  • The mental health and well-being of farming families
  • The future of family farming in the UK
  • Intergenerational succession in rural family businesses

The student will be supervised by Professor Matt Lobley and Dr. Angela Cassidy. The studentship, open to Home/EU applicants only, includes the Home/EU fee rate (currently £4,400 per annum) and a maintenance stipend at UK research council rates (currently £14,553 per annum).

Full details of the studentship, including how to apply, can be found by clicking the 'apply' button below. 

Further details about the studentship are available from Emma Tranter at or phone +44(0)1392 722438.

Share this PhD
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:



South West England