Charlotte Chivers

Charlotte-Anne Chivers

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College: College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Rural Policy Research

I am a first year PhD student exploring farmers' attitudes to on-farm control measures of water pollution. The studentship has been commissioned by the Environment Agency, and the research will explore farm business structures and management decisions and their evolution in response to the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) programme. There will be a strong emphasis on farmer attitudes towards various on-farm measures, including those which are less popular with farmers. The project will investigate how farmers engage when presented with scientific evidence such as sediment fingerprinting. 

Alongside my PhD project, I write blog articles for a prominent conservation careers website and for a personal blog as I am passionate about science communication. I am also an A-level biology tutor and volunteer for local bat groups. 

Prior to commencing a PhD, I worked within the Veterinary Parasitology and Ecology group at the University of Bristol carrying out various research projects, including on biting flies of welfare concern and on psoroptic mange. I have also worked for multiple ecological consultants carrying out bat surveys, and for an online research company where I carried out large scale international projects. My undergraduate degree was in Biological Sciences from the University of Reading (BSc Zoology). 

Publications:

Chivers, C-A., Vineer, H., & Wall, R. (2018) Prevalence and distribution of sheep scab in Wales: A farmer questionnaire survey. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.111/mve.12990. 

Chivers, C-A. (2018) Vegans versus farmers: Healthy debate or all out war? Farmers Guardian [Online]: https://www.fginsight.com/news/top-stories/farmers-versus-vegans-healthy-debate-or-all-out-war-53531

Link to personal blog: 

https://sciencejaunts.wordpress.com/