Beaman, Lydia

Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
Characterising Spatial Crop Diversity within Horticultural Value Chains
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Dr K ONeill, Prof J Ingram, Dr A Sanderson-Bellamy
Supervising school:
School of Planning and Geography,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

Research Aim
A mixed method study to understand how spatial crop diversity within different types of horticultural production are supported (or suppressed) by shorter supply chains and how they contribute to the delivery of public goods. The aim of the study is to contribute to the understanding of the benefits of crop diversity and whether food production for local distribution can be considered a public good.

Research Questions
1. To understand the nature and extent of diversified horticultural production and supply in Wales.
2. To ascertain how crop diverse horticultural farms benefit society and provide public goods.
3. Establish to what extent crop diverse horticultural farms contribute to shorter supply chains and how different supply chains enable and support crop diversity.