Project Team

Prof. Michael Winter OBE – Principal Investigator

Michael Winter, Professor of Land Economy & Society, has written extensively on food and agriculture, including a Nuffield report on food culture in 2018 with a foreword by Professor Sir Ian Boyd, Defra Chief Scientist. He is well connected to Defra and industry stakeholders as a member of Natural England board and, in 2018, of the Godfray Review of Bovine TB policy. He co-led Defra’s £4.5m Sustainable Intensification Research Platform 2014-18, has researched food supply chains and food miles and is currently leading a research project on livestock markets (with Matt Lobley). His 2019 book with Matt Lobley on ‘The Changing World of Farming in Brexit UK’ examines contemporary food production issues and food markets.  More about Prof. Michael Winter

Prof. Matt Lobley – Co-Investigator

Matt Lobley, Professor of Rural Resource Management and Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research, has extensive experience of researching farming and food issues. He is an expert on family businesses, has worked on the circular economy and the agri-food sector (EPSRC), reviews of the food economy in Devon and Cornwall, major studies of the economic and market aspects of organic farming (Defra) and is currently leading a project on farmer collaboration (Defra). He is a member of two Defra expert panels.  More about Prof. Matt Lobley

Dr. Tim Wilkinson – Co-Investigator

Tim Wilkinson is a CRPR Research Fellow leading an Interreg project on tourism. He has worked on a range of research projects within CRPR since obtaining his PhD in Human Geography in 2015.

Dr. Steven Guilbert – Research Fellow

Steven Guilbert is an environmental and cultural geographer by training with a longstanding interest in ‘wholescape’ and integrated approaches to environmental management who works at the interface of policy and practice.  His twin primary interests are in rural and marine geography.  He splits his time equally between working as an independent research consultant and managing the Devon Maritime Forum.  He has worked on numerous research projects over the past 15 years, including the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform 2014-18, has a very extensive network of local and national contacts, and has worked for a broad range of clients in academia, and the public, private and charity sectors.

Ms. Emma Tranter – Project Administrator

Emma joined the University in January 2016 and currently works in a variety of roles.  In addition to her Project Administrator position she is PA to Professors Matt Lobley, Harry West and Michael Winter and Centre Administrator for the Centre for Rural Policy Research (CRPR)  and a Research Administrator in the Institute of Biomedical and Clinical Science.