Sophie is a human geographer working on rural landscape change and governance. This includes research on:
1) Human-nature relations and environmental governance: ambitions for rewilding, innovative governance mechanisms - e.g payments for ecosystem services, community-led and participatory management - and the implications these approaches have.
2) Farming and agricultural change: farmer decision-making, learning and practise; impacts of policy transitions (e.g. Brexit); adoption of environmental management; co-operative behaviours.
3) Knowledge controversies: understanding different knowledge systems, and how stakeholders interact and negotiate strategies for rural and landscape futures.
Working with rewilding practitioners and stakeholders in Wales to evaluate current projects, assessing values, wellbeing, and processes of change.
Rewilding in a Changing Europe: Opportunities, Threats and Shifting Geographies of Land-Use https://rewildinglandscapes.wordpress.com/
Audio of me discussing a social-science perspective on rewilding, as part of the Zoological Society of London's podcast of rewilidng in a changing climate https://www.zsl.org/zsl-wild-science-podcast
Farming and Agricultural Change
Breaking-STEP - Breaking the Barriers to Soil Testing on Pastures, SARIC funded.
Fferm Ifan & Conwy Catchment North Wales funded through Defra SIP2 project http://www.siplatform.org.uk/farming-collaboration
Pontbren Project in Mid Wales, funded through Welsh Government http://gov.wales/funding/eu-funds/previous/programme-evaluation/pontbren-project/?lang=en
Food Values exploring innovate approaches to food education and communications https://foodvaluesblog.wordpress.com/ funded through Wales Rural Development Programme Supply Chain Efficiencies & ESRC Impact Accelerator Award
New directions in agri-environmental governance - Wales advisor on https://agrienvironmentalgovernance.wordpress.com/
Previous evaluations of agri-environmental development in Wales funded through:
Wales Nature Fund
Transatlantic Rural Research Network & Imperial College London http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/lifesciences/grandchallengesinecosystemsandtheenvironment/eventssummary/event_9-4-2015-14-45-14
Wales Rural Observatory http://www.walesruralobservatory.org.uk
2015 PGCTHE. Aberystwyth University
2011 PhD Geography: 'Negotiating Neoliberalism: Engaging Ecosystem Services'; University of Wales Aberystwyth, ESRC 1+3 funded.
2006 Practising Human Geography MA, University of Wales Aberystwyth, ESRC 1+3 funded.
2005 Geography BA, University of Wales Aberystwyth, UWA full scholarship.
Room F24 Thoday Building