Beth Dooley

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College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Discipline: Politics
Department: Politics / SSI
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Rural Policy Research

I am a first-year PhD student with the Department of Politics, Centre for Rural Policy Research. I received the Rowan Johnstone PhD Studentship to explore the myriad complexities involved with building resilience in UK agricultural policy. Thus, my research will explore questions surrounding policy support, private sector engagement, farmer attitudes and initiatives, etc. in the face of changing political structures due to the UK referendum to leave the EU (Brexit).

Prior to moving to Exeter, I worked on sustainable agricultural policy issues in the EU with Ecologic Institute, an environmental policy think tank in Berlin, Germany. Additionally, I have worked extensively on issues surrounding farm transition and succession planning with the International Farm Transition Network and the Beginning Farmer Center of Iowa State University Extension, USA.

I am a qualified lawyer in the State of Iowa, admitted to the bar in 2012, and specialised in Food and Agricultural Law during my Juris Doctorate at Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, USA. I subsequently completed a Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the University of Edinburgh in Global Environment and Climate Change Law. Originally from the Heartland of the US, my passion is all things to do with agriculture, the land, those who tend it, and how our use impacts the environment as well as how it (e.g., through climate change) impacts our ability to produce food.