Dr. Sally Shortall is a Reader in Sociology in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social work. Her areas of interest include agriculture, rural development, farm families, the role of women on farms, community development, social inclusion, and evidence-based policy. She has acted or is currently acting in an advisory capacity to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland, Defra, The Food Standards Agency, The Scottish Government, The European Parliament, The European Commission and the FAO. She has just been appointed an advisor to the OECD on urban-rural inter-linkages.
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Roisin Kelly is seconded to the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast to work as a researcher on this project. She worked with Dr Sally Shortall on the Gender Proofing CAP Reform (2001) project and since then has been employed as a parliamentary researcher and more recently as a committee clerk by the Northern Ireland Assembly.