I am a postdoctoral researcher studying the root drivers of agricultural change. I’m particularly interested in the tensions that form between farmer autonomy, agri-ecosystem dynamics, and designs of agri-improvement schemes. I aim to show how the production of agricultural knowledge and the delivery of expertise interact to influence farmer decision making.
In my graduate studies at UC Berkeley, I studied how government programs designed to support young and beginning farmers stacked-up against the lived experiences of farmers. For EPIC I will be working in Topic 2 (2.4.1 `Understanding Attitudes to Biosecurity`). I will be analysing qualitative interviews carried out with farmers embedded in the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) eradication program. This work provides insights into how the eradication program interacts with farm practices, ultimately informing the development of future livestock disease eradication iterations.
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