As a farmer’s daughter and PhD researcher, I conducted research which considers the experiences and identities of women farmers. Over the last 10 years, the UK has seen a rise in women farmers and I am interested in how the shift from peripheral to professional involvement of women is changing the face of farming. By speaking to women farming land and livestock from a variety of backgrounds, ages and farm types, I explore what it means to be a farmer today. Women may be empowered to enter farming as a career, but defying gender stereotypes will remain crucial in keeping women in farming and acknowledging their achievements in the sector.

The interviews are now complete and after meeting many inspirational people, pets and livestock, I am fathoming out the findings. Please do get in touch to find out more!

Previous research

Robertson, B. (2016). When Unconditional Love becomes Conditional: Understanding Relations between University Students and their Pets during Separation. Unpublished MA Thesis. University of York. 

The field of human-animal studies has shown the role of pets as a source of support in kinship networks but fails to challenge the assumption that pet owners live within the household that their pets are located. My research explored students' experiences of living away from their pets whilst at university and the significance of the separation for their identities.