Innovation in Rural Environments

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Programme Lead: Dr David Prior


This programme activates creative practice as a means by which to meet the challenges faced by rural environments.

The detrimental effect of human activity on the environment is regarded by many as a core challenge of our age. This issue is particularly profound in rural environments that often have low GDP/investment potential. This programme is grounded in the need to create new alliances and influence cultural policy by generating creative and imaginative engagement with heritage and the environment.

Research questions:

  • How can Agri-Tech benefit from engagement with the creative industries?
  • How do environmental challenges in rural locations compare to those of urban environments?
  • How can creativity generate sustainable solutions and raise awareness of the impact of non-sustainability?
  • How can design methods be leveraged to tackle climate change?

Research opportunities

We welcome applications for PhD or MPhil that align with the Innovation in Rural Environments programme. 

Example projects


Lobster Grower & Lobster Grower 2Adam Stringer & Dr Justin Marshall
University of the VillageProfessor Mike Wilson, Magdalena Tyżlik-Carver, Jem MacKay and Karl Phillips
Of This ParishDavid Prior and Frances Crow