My RAU experience
After obtaining a BSc and MPhil in social anthropology, and utilising social science research and communications within a management career, I decided to undertake a change and apply for a social science PhD at the RAU. The aim of my PhD research is to evaluate how disease control information is created and communicated amongst stakeholders; scientists, farmers, vets and industry experts, and to assess its effectiveness – particularly in relation to managing bovine tuberculosis (bTB).
The facilities, resources and supervisory expertise at the RAU enable the meeting of farming practice with social science academic literature.
Being at the RAU has provided an excellent foundation to obtain a deeper understanding of practical farming issues and to create farming contacts and links with other experts. My RAU supervisors are highly supportive of opportunities to enhance my career prospects, through writing papers and presenting at conferences. The facilities, resources and supervisory expertise at the RAU enable the meeting of farming practice with social science academic literature.
I hope that my PhD will lead to an academic career researching and teaching on the sociology of the countryside