Sally Shortall PhD
I am interested in questions about rural women, farming women, rural development theory and practice, governance, community and stakeholder engagement in policy processes, and how evidence is used to inform policy.
I am currently interested in the social construction of knowledge to inform rural policy and the power struggles between empirical and normative knowledge. This draws on my research experience of being an ‘expert’ adviser for the UK Food Standard Agency, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the OECD, and the time I spent in the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland, as and ESRC funded Knowledge Transfer Fellow.
My teaching interests are rural sociology, industrial sociology, sociology of organisations, sociology of community, sociology of work.
Research activities and appointments:
Invited to be an Evaluation Expert for the European Science Foundation’s EuroDIVERSITY research programme, Strasbourg, France, 2005
Invited by the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations to prepare and present the Western European case study for their 2002 meeting. Women, agriculture and rural development. Fribourg, Switzerland, October 2002.
Selected responsibilities within the university:
Director of research (2009-2015)
Chair of the research committee (2012-)
Member of the School Management Board (2009-)
REF Champion (2010-2013)
Research cluster leader (2009-2013)
Knowledge transfer and impact engagement (2009-)
Forthcoming and recent publications:
Books and Reports:
Shucksmith, M., Brown, D., Shortall, S. and M. Warner, Eds. (2012) Rural Transformations and Rural Polices in the UK and US. London, Routledge
Shortall, S. (2010) Women working on the farm: how to promote their contribution to the development of agriculture and rural areas in Europe. European Parliament, Brussels. IP/B/AGRI/IC/2010_090
Shortall, S. (2010) An Evidence Base to Inform Rural Policy. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland. Funded by ESRC Knowledge Research Fellowship Programme.
McDonagh, J., Varley, V., and Shortall, S., (2009) A Living Countryside? The Politics of Sustainable Development in Rural Ireland Aldershot: Ashgate
Bock, B. and S. Shortall (2006) Rural Gender Relations: Issues and case studies CAB International, Oxfordshire
Shortall, S., Porter, P. And R. Nugent (2007) Research Report on Health and Safety on Farms. Health and Safety Executive and Queen’s University Belfast.
Shortall, S. (Forthcoming 2014) Gender Mainstreaming and the Common Agricultural Policy Gender, Place and Culture
Shortall, S. and B. Bock (Forthcoming 2014) What about gender and the rural - equality and development in the centre and at the periphery in Europe Gender, Place and Culture
Shortall, S. (2013) Using Evidence in Policy: The importance of mediating beliefs and practices Sociologia Ruralis pp. 349-368 Vol. 53 No. 3
Shortall, S. (2013) Sociology, Knowledge and Evidence in Rural Policy Making. Sociologia Ruralis Pp. 265-271 Vol. 53 No. 3
Shortall, S. (2012)The role of subjectivity and knowledge power struggles in the formation of public policy Sociology online December 2012
Shortall, S. And M. Warner (2010) Social Inclusion or Market Competitiveness? A Comparison of Rural Development Policies in the European Union and the United States Social Policy and Administration Vol. 44 pp. 575-597
Roginsky, S and S Shortall (2009) Civil society as a contested field of meanings. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 29: 9 473-487
Porter, S. and S. Shortall (2009) Stakeholders and perspectivism in qualitative policy research. A realist reflection. Public Administration Vol. 86 Issue 4.
Warner, M. and S. Shortall (2008) Growth Coalitions and Rural Development Policy in the EU and the EuroChoices US. Vol. 7 No. 3.
Shortall, S. (2008) Are rural development programmes socially inclusive? Social inclusion, civic engagement, participation and social capital: exploring the differences. Journal of Rural Studies Vol. 24 No. 4. Pp. 450-457
Shortall, S. (2014) A rural feminist perspective on gender mainstreaming: can it work if it is blind to gendered spaces and gendered occupations? in Pini, B., Haugen, B and L. Little (2014) Feminisms and Ruralities Lexington Books.
Shortall, S. (Forthcoming 2014) Using Scientific Knowledge in Policy Making: The Importance of Organisational Culture. Pp. 145-162 In Fleck, C. and A. Hess (Eds.) Knowledge for Whom? Public Sociology in the Making. Ashgate
Shortall, S. And M. Warner (2012) Rural Transformations: Conceptual and Policy Issues. InShucksmith, M., Brown, D., Shortall, S. and M. Warner, Eds. (2012) Rural Transformations and Rural Polices in the UK and US. London, Routledge
Radford K. and S. Shortall (2012) Social enterprising communities: the dynamics and readiness for service innovation. In Farmer, J., Hill, C. And SA Muñoz(Eds.) Socially Enterprising Communities: Service Co-Production in Rural Areas Edgar Publishing, UK, USA.
Varley, T.. J. McDonagh, and S. Shortall (2009) The politics of rural sustainability. Pp. 1-24 in McDonagh, J., Varley, V., and Shortall, S., (2009) A Living Countryside? The Politics of Sustainable Development in Rural Ireland Aldershot: Ashgate
McDonagh, J., T. Varley and S.Shortall (2009) Sustainability and getting the right balance in rural Ireland. Pp. 381-384 in McDonagh, J., Varley, V., and Shortall, S., (2009) A Living Countryside? The Politics of Sustainable Development in Rural Ireland Aldershot: Ashgate
Shortall, S. and A. Byrne (2009) Gender and sustainability in rural Ireland. Pp. 287-302 McDonagh, J., Varley, V., and Shortall, S., (2009) A Living Countryside? The Politics of Sustainable Development in Rural Ireland Aldershot: Ashgate
Outreach publications for non-academic audiences:
Shortall, S. and R. Kelly (2013) Reviewing the EU Rural Development Programme. Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series Briefing Report. http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Research-and-Information-Service-RaISe/Knowledge-Exchange/
Shortall, S. (2012) What counts as evidence? The complexities of providing evidence to inform public policy. Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series Briefing Report. http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Research-and-Information-Service-RaISe/Knowledge-Exchange/
Shortall, S. (2012) Women and Rural Development: Gender Mainstreaming. Factsheet 10. The Rural Network Northern Ireland.
Warner, M. And S. Shortall (2008) Understanding EU and US Rural Policy Differences. Rural New York Minute. Issue 20. Cornell University.
Shortall, S. (2009) Does rural proofing make sense? Centre for Remote and Rural Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland.
Shortall, S. (2009) Policy making for rural proofing. Public Servant – The Scottish Civil Service Magazine.
Shortall, S. (2008) Research Brief: The good life? Farming, Health and Safety. Health and Safety Executive, Belfast.
Recent research grants:
Shortall, S. (2012) Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study, Census Data and Disability Research. Office of the First Minister, and Deputy First Minister, Northern Ireland, £64,765
Shortall, S. (2011) Gender Mainstreaming the Rural Development Programme. Economic and Social Research Council, £87,000.ESRC RES/J010316/1
Shortall, S. (2011) Gender mainstreaming the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. £8,700.
Shortall, S. (2008) Economic and Social Research Council Placement Fellow with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Northern Ireland £83,464. ESRC RES-173-27-0096
Shortall, S. (2008) Older People for Older People (Northern Periphery Programme, INTERREG). 244,989 Euro. 2008-2010. Overall budget 1,969,996 Euro
External expert evaluating the syllabus of the Rural Studies Degree for the University of the Highlands and Islands, May/ June 1999
External examiner for PhD Candidates