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Land Economy & Environment, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)
Peter Wilson Building,
West Mains Road
Edinburgh EH9 3JG
Conor has a strong interest in sustainability and agriculture, having attained a Masters in sustainable agriculture and rural development from University College Dublin. He had previously gained a B.A in History and Geography from the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Current research (PhD)
Title: “Attitudes to sustainable intensification; a bottom up approach examining dairy farmers in Scotland and Ireland”
Dates: Sep 2012 - Aug 2016
Sustainable intensification is been championed as a future for agriculture to produce adequate amounts of foods for a growing population in a sustainable manner. However little work has been undertaken to research, examine and understand farmer’s attitudes to the concept of sustainable intensification. While a number of top level reports such as the royal society reports and foresight report have been produced on sustainable intensification, this PhD research takes a bottom up approach to understand the attitudes of dairy farmers in Ayrshire in Scotland and Cork in Ireland. With Scotland targeting ambitious large increases in its dairy production levels by 2025 and Ireland intending to increase its production by 50% by 2020, the role of sustainable intensification in its attempts to meet these targets provides a basis to examine farmer’s attitudes towards sustainable intensification.
Utilising qualitative and quantitative methods the research will examine the role of behaviours, attitudes and understanding towards sustainable intensification. It is aimed through a bottom up approach to interview and survey farmers and key stakeholders to gain an understanding of how sustainable intensification is understood and how it should be developed through policy.
Supervisors: Dr Ann Bruce, Dr Andrew Barnes (SRUC), Dr Luiza Toma (SRUC)