Staff Profile:Dr David Rose

Dr David Rose
Job Title:
Elizabeth Creak Associate Professor of Agricultural Innovation and Extension
Areas of Interest:

I am a Geographer interested in:

  • the use of technology in agriculture, including behaviour change and user-centred design
  • the social and ethical impacts of new agricultural technology - e.g. privacy, employment, life on the farm, animal welfare, data ownership, mental health, succession
  • knowledge exchange and extension, particularly in the area of agricultural technology
  • evidence-informed policy-making and science communication

I am currently supervising PhD students on the following topics:

  • Precision livestock technology and animal welfare - Juliette Schillings (Year one)
  • Reflexive governance of agricultural innovations - Auvikki de Boon (Year one)
  • Histories of futures past: post-war English farm innovation - Anna Barkemeyer (starts September 2020, part-time)
  • Peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and learning in farmer facilitation funds - Cath Jackson (Year three, part-time, co-supervisor)
  • Effects of biostimulants on soil and nutritional quality of food, plus uptake of practices - Danni Roche (starts September 2020, co-supervisor, led by Cranfield University)

I welcome applications from prospective PhD students, particularly those wanting to use social science techniques in the context of farmer behaviour change, technology adoption, social/ethical impacts of agricultural technologies (futures work), or post-Brexit agricultural policy. I would also be happy to supervise students interested in evidence-based policy-making and science communication.

Please see for more information.

Current research projects:

  • Robot Highways, InnovateUK - a multi-partner project demonstrating autonomous robotic technologies on a soft fruit farm, including user trust in technology and economic evaluation - Reading, PI. Ends Spring 2023.
  • Agri-environment governance post-Brexit, ESRC - led by the University of Sheffield, we are looking at the co-design of the new Environmental Land Management scheme in England. Project website. - Co-I. Ends late 2021.
  • Test and Trial, Video/audio knowledge exchange, Defra - with Agricology and Charlotte Chivers (Exeter), we are looking at the use of videos and podcasts to conduct knowledge exchange with farmers - PI. Ends Spring 2021.
  • HerdAdvance behaviour change evaluation, AHDB - working with the AHDB to evaluate behaviour change of 500 dairy farmers in Wales in relation to animal health management. Project details. - PI. Ends 2023


  • PhD (Geography), University of Cambridge
  • MPhil (Geographical Research), University of Cambridge
  • BA (Cantab), Geography, University of Cambridge
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
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Dr David Rose

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+44 (0) 118 378 7703

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