Hampshire Avon
Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) Project

Hampshire Avon Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) Project
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Prof. Michael Winter OBE

Michael is a rural policy specialist and social scientist with particular interests in applying inter-disciplinary approaches to policy-relevant research and in direct engagement in the policy process.

Within the University he is a member of the management boards for three research centres/themes: Climate Change and Sustainable Futures; Sport, Leisure & Tourism; and Egenis. He is a member of DEFRA’s Science Advisory Council, Defra’s Panel of Agricultural & Environmental Economists; SWRDA's Panel of Economists; and the National Ecosystem Assessment Expert Panel. He is a Commissioner for the Commission for Rural Communities, President of Devon Rural Network and a vice-President of Devon Community Council. He is former trustee/director of the BBSRC North Wyke Research centre and former Chair of the South West Rural Affairs Forum. In 2000, he was a member of the Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales chaired by Lord Burns. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Agriculture.

His current research interests, among others, focus on rural policy analysis and governance; sustainable agro-food systems and food security; climate change and rural land use; the historical and contemporary sociology of west country agriculture; & farmer environmental attitudes and decision-making, particularly in the context of diffuse pollution and water quality.