• West Mains Road, Kings Buildings, Peter Wilson Building

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom

19982021

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Steven has nearly 30 years experience in applied agricultural policy analysis and rural development research.  He has comprehensive knowledge of contemporary agriculture systems and is considered an expert on aspects relating to agricultural policy.  He is currently focused on providing evidence and policy insights for officials and farmer led groups as they look to evolve Scottish agricultural support.

Steven currently is joint coordinator of the Rural Industries work package of Theme 2: Productive and Sustainable Land Management and Rural Economies of the Scottish Government’s 2016-2021 Strategic Research Programme and also acts as the  SEFARI Gateway knowledge exchange lead for Business and Communities where he is responsible for liaising with industry stakeholders and disseminating key research findings relating to farm businesses and communities.

Steven’s research has focused on how COVID19 and Brexit will impact on Scottish agriculture and wider rural economy – and he is also involved in assessing future support options in Wales.  Beyond the farm-gate Steven’s research into non land-based rural businesses has been providing new insights in to the wider rural economy, focusing on linkages to the farming sectors, input and output markets, family labour and perceptions around Brexit. Steven also led the second phase of research for the Scottish Government on the Socio-Economic and Biodiversity impacts of Driven Grouse that brought new insights on the employment rights of gamekeepers and socio-economic impacts of alternative moorland uses

 

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Bachelor, University of Glasgow

19881992

Award Date: 22 Jun 1992

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