Dr Rhiannon Naylor

Senior Lecturer in Rural Land Use and Management


Senior Lecturer in Rural Land Use and Management


BA (Winchester), MSc (RAC), PGCHE (Glos), FHEA, PhD (University of Gloucestershire)

Contact details


Tel: 01285 652531


Professional memberships

  • Post-graduate fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Additional information

  • A research associate at the Countryside and Community Reserach Institute, based at the University of Gloucestershire.


Research interests

  • Farmer behaviour and decision making
  • Biosecurity and livestock disease management
  • Environmental management
  • Rural development

Current research projects

  • A study to explore the effectiveness of on-farm biosecurity measures to reduce contact between badgers and cattle to include knowledge sharing and dissemination.
  • Social science study to accompany the Badger Vaccine Deployment Programme.


Teaching duties

  • Rural Policy
  • Rural Planning
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental Management



Refereed Papers

  • Hamilton-Webb, A., Manning, L., Naylor, R., & Conway, J. (2016). The relationship between risk experience and risk response: a study of farmers and climate change. Journal of Risk Research, 1-15.
  • Naylor, R., Manley, W., Maye, D., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B. and Hamilton-Webb, A. (2017) The framing of public knowledge controversies in the media: a comparative analysis of the portrayal of badger vaccination in the English national, regional and farming press. Sociologia Ruralis. 57(1); 3-22
  • Hamilton-Webb, A., Naylor, R., Little, R. and Maye, D. (2016) Compensation and exotic livestock disease management: The views of animal keepers and veterinarians in England. Veterinary Record. doi:10.1136/vr.103571
  • Broughan, J.M., Maye, D., Carmody, P., Brunton, L.A., Ashton, A., Wint, W., Alexander, N., Naylor, R., Ward, K., Goodchild, A.V., Hinchliffe, S., Eglin, R.D., Upton, P., Nicholson, R. and Enticott, G. (2016) Farm characteristics and farmer perceptions associated with bovine tuberculosis incidents in areas of emerging endemic spread. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 129:88-98
  • Naylor, R., Hamilton-Webb, A., Little, R. and Maye, D. (2016) The ‘good farmer’: farmer identities and the control of exotic livestock disease in England. Sociologia Ruralis doi: 10.1111/soru.12127 Online here. 
  • Enticott, G., Maye, D., Carmody, P., Naylor, R., Ward, K., Hinchliffe, S., Wint, W., Alexander, N., Elgin, R., Ashton, A., Upton, P., Nicholson, R., Goodchild, T., Brunton, L. and Broughan, J. (2015) Farming on the edge: farmer attitudes to bovine tuberculosis in newly endemic areas. Veterinary Record, 177 (17). p. 439. ISSN 0042-4900 Online here.
  • Maye, D., Enticott, G., Naylor, R., Ilbery, B. and Kirwan, J. (2014) Animal disease and narratives of nature: Farmers' reactions to the neoliberal governance of bovine Tuberculosis. Journal of Rural Studies, 36. pp. 401-410. ISSN 07430167 Online here
  • Enticott, G., Maye, D., Fisher, R., Ilbery, B. and Kirwan, J. (2014) Badger vaccination: dimensions of trust and confidence in the governance of animal disease. Environment and Planning A, 46 (12). pp. 2881-2897. ISSN 0308-518X Online here
  • Fisher, R., Maye, D., Ilbery, B., Enticott, G. and Kirwan, J. (2014) Researching controversial and sensitive issues: using visual vignettes to explore farmers’ attitudes towards the control of bovine tuberculosis in England. Area, 46.3, pp. 285-293. doi: 10.1111/area.12113 Online here
  • Fisher, R. and Courtney, P. (2014) Exploring the social context of risk perception and behaviour: Farmers’ responses to bovine tuberculosis. Geoforum. 57: 48-56
  • Maye, D., Enticott, G., Ilbery, B., Fisher, R. and Kirwan, J. (2013) Assessing farmer confidence in badger vaccination: some findings from a survey of cattle farmers in England. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 8 (3), 49-64.
  • Curry, N. and Fisher, R. (2013) Being, belonging and bestowing: differing degrees of community involvement amongst rural elders in England and Wales. European Journal of Ageing, DOI 10.1007/s10433-013-0277-5
  • Fisher, R (2013). 'A gentleman's handshake': The role of social capital and trust in transforming information into usable knowledge. Journal of Rural Studies. 31: 13-22
  • Enticott, G., Maye, D., Ilbery, B., Fisher, R. and Kirwan, J. (2012) Farmers' confidence in vaccinating badgers against bovine Tuberculosis. Veterinary Record. Published Online First: 11 January 2012 doi:10.1136/vr.100079.
  • Fisher, R. Maye, D., Ilbery, B., Enticott, G. and Kirwan, J. (2012) The spatial distribution of bovine tuberculosis in England. Geography. 97 (2), 68-77
  • Curry, N. and Fisher, R (2012 ) The Role of Trust in the Development of Connectivities Amongst Rural Elders in England and Wales, Journal of Rural Studies. 28: 358-370

Contract reports

  • Fisher, R., Short, S., Hamilton-Webb, A., and Mills, J. (2013) A new approach to grazing in the Cotswolds NIAs. Report to the Cotswolds Conservation Board.
  • Ingram, J., Short, C., Gaskell, P., Mills, J., Lewis, N., Clark, M., Dennis, E., Fisher, R., and Owen, I. (2009) Entry and exit from agri-environmental schemes in Wales, Final Report for Welsh Assembly Government.


  • Fisher, R. (2013) Contested knowledge claims: examining farmer understandings of wildlife control options for bovine TB. European Society of Rural Sociology Congress, Florence, July.
  • Fisher, R. (2013) From changing attitudes to changing behaviour: farmers’ response to bovine tuberculosis. RGS-IBG International Conference, London, August.
  • Fisher, R. (2013) Using PeerWise as an innovative approach to teaching. Higher Educational Academy STEM annual conference. Birmingham
  • Fisher, R. (2012) The role of social capital in increasing farmers' response capacity: the case of bovine tuberculosis. RGS-IBG Conference, Edinburgh, June