Undergraduate Research Experience Placement (REP) Scheme – Agroforestry

at One Planet Doctoral Partnership Scheme
Location Newcastle and Bangor, Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted 12/05/2022
Category Agriculture
Environment and Countryside
Job Type Temporary Vacancies
Closing Date Apply ASAP
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Placement title: Agroforestry potential for rural farmers' in the north of England

ONE Planet offers a cohort-based doctoral training partnership at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities. The Natural and Environmental Research Council (NERC) funds the partnership.

The placement student will work with Dr Marion Pfeifer and Miss Eleanor Moore (PhD candidate in the TROPS lab, Newcastle University) to analyse the potential of farmed landscapes in the north of the UK for agroforestry adoption. They will join an existing research partnership between Newcastle University and the Forestry Commission that explores issues and constraints for tree expansion on and around farmed and other land in the north of England.

This project looks to put the needs of farmers to the forefront of agroforestry research within the North of England, and understand how future agroforestry scenarios are perceived by different stakeholder groups. Specifically, the student will work with Eleanor Moore to facilitate focus groups with farmers. They will accompany her for a data collection exercise in Bangor Wales and collect pilot data for write up into a synthesis report on the conference discussions.

Objectives:

  1. Generate key findings around suitability of different agroforestry systems and species for the North of England.
  2. Link key findings of agroforestry suitability to potential ecosystem services and disservices to different stakeholder groups in the North of England
  3. Synthesise how agroforestry suitability may be altered under climate change scenarios for the North of England.

The student will use data from multiple agroforestry workshops, farm visits, interviews with experts and literature review to answer the objectives. Moreover, the student will be expected to undertake one results outreach activity of their choice as part of the placement such as an article for a farmers magazine.

For full details including how to apply please see download.

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