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Sally Shortall

Professor Sally Shortall

Acting Head of School

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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, and as a ESRC funded Knowledge Transfer Fellow.

My teaching interests are rural sociology, industrial sociology, sociology of organisations, sociology of community, sociology of work.

Achievements and Distinctions

  • 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
  • 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.

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