PhD Studentship: Exploring farmers’ attitudes to on-farm control measures of water pollution

PhD Studentship: Exploring farmers’ attitudes to on-farm control measures of water pollution.
The research in this PhD will explore farm business structures and management decisions and their evolution in response to the CSF programme, with a strong emphasis on farmer attitudes to a range of on-farm measures including those that are less popular with farmers.
What informs the attitudes of farmers to these measures and what might allow or encourage attitudinal shift?
This requires more in-depth research with farmers than standard interview surveys.
So it is anticipated that the student will spend time on farms in observation and conversation (an ethnographic approach) and/or conduct farmer focus groups with the study areas.
The studentship is part of a major new research programme, commissioned by the Environment Agency and led by Professor Adrian Collins at Rothamsted Research, exploring the landscape scale impacts of on-farm measures for controlling diffuse water pollution from agriculture (DWPA) funded and delivered by the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) initiative.
We have a good idea of what measures appeal to famers and those that do not.
In the main, and not surprisingly, the more attractive measures are those that fit better with existing farming systems and have cost benefits to farmers (either through lower input costs or grant aid).
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), plus research allowance of £2,000 per annum.
Full details of the studentships, including how to apply, can be found here: Further details about these studentships are available from our Graduate Research School: Deadline for applications is 21st June 2017.

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