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Sally Shortall

Sally Shortall PhD

Research Interests:

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:

  • Elected to the Executive Committee of the European Society for Rural Sociology. 2013.
  • Appointed as an expert adviser to the OECD rural-urban partnerships study (conducted four case study visits, and wrote the Spanish case study for the final report). 2012-2013.
  • Commissioned to prepare briefing information for government departments of the Western Balkans on EU rural development programmes and women. European Commission 2010 and 2011. Commissioned to prepare briefing paper for the European Parliament to inform redesign of the Rural Development Regulation post 2013. Commissioned in 2010.
  • Founder of the Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series with the devolved government of Northern Ireland to make research more accessible and useful to policy http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Assembly-Business/Research-and-Information-Service-RaISe/Knowledge-Exchange/
  • Appointed as an adviser to the Social Science Research Committee for the UK Food Standards Agency 2011
  • Appointed member of ESRC Peer Review College. 2010
  • Invited to give keynote address in Melbourne The changing role of women in the global dairy industry, where’s our future? Invitation from Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, in conjunction with Genetics Australia. 2010
  • Economic and Social Research Council Knowledge Transfer Research Fellow, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Northern Ireland 2008-2009
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Polson Institute of Global Development, Cornell University, USA 2008
  • Visiting Research Fellow, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, USA 2008
  • Invited by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the UN and the Norwegian Government to investigate gender disaggregated agricultural statistics in Western Europe, Norway, 2006
  • 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.

 

Journal Articles:

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

 

Book Chapters:

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 examining

  • BA Sociology and MA Criminology, Bangor University, Wales. 2010-2013
  • BSC Rural Development, National University of Ireland 2004-2007
  • Senior External Examiner, University of the Highlands and Islands, Rural Studies Degree, Scotland (1999-2002)
  • 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

  • University College Dublin, Ireland, 2014; University of South Australia, 2013; Wageningen University, the Netherlands, 2013; Newcastle University, UK, 2012; University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland, 2011; University of Durham, England 2008; University of New England, Australia, 2008; Charles Sturt University, Wagga, Australia, 2007; Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 2006; University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham,  England 2005;  University of Manchester, England 2004; National University of Ireland 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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