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Charlotte-Anne Chivers

Research Assistant, Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire

I am a research assistant at the Countryside and Community Research Institute (University of Gloucestershire), working primarily on the EU-funded SPRINT and SoilCare projects. The aim of SPRINT is to develop a global health risk assessment toolbox to assess the impacts of pesticides on human and environmental health, whilst SoilCare is identifying, testing and evaluating soil-improving cropping systems (SICS) that will increase the profitability and sustainability of agriculture across Europe.

I am also in the final throes of completing a PhD at the University of Exeter, which has explored the efficacy of farming advice surrounding diffuse water pollution from agriculture and suggested ways of improving its credibility and relevance under future circumstances. I have also worked on various consultancy projects, including for Defra and the NFU to produce literature reviews and reports. I have also worked as a research assistant for the NERC-funded LANDWISE project, where I explored farmers' views towards natural flood management measures.

Originally a natural scientist who has recently moved into the social sciences, I am passionate about the potential of multidisciplinary research for tackling the challenges being faced within agriculture and the environment. I am interested in soil health, water pollution, and ensuring that the future direction of travel is beneficial to all.