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Animal Health and Welfare (AHW) Social Research Fellow - DO0138

This fellowship will build on the outcomes of the work carried out by the proposer during her first fellowship in Defra (15 October 2012 – 30 June 2013) which identified a series of social science evidence gaps in the Department’s evidence base with regards to farmer behavior.
The Fellowship will build evidence on farmers’ practices of keeping, reviewing and using records to support their decision-making process in order to map farmers’ data-recording practices, understand their contrast when they are demand-driven or voluntary, further identify the effectiveness in terms of outcomes of these information-based approaches, understand farmers’ perception of their benefits and hence their prioritization criteria and make suggestions to improve the up-take and effectiveness of record-keeping practices.
The project will allow for cross-sector, cross-system and cross-farm size comparisons.
1. To understand farmers’ practices of keeping and using records as a tool to ensure and improve farm animal welfare in relation to their rationale (demand-driven or voluntary) and their perception of the information flow demands and usefulness
2. To provide evidence for different sectors, different systems and different farm sizes in order to allow comparisons and provide evidence that is more useful for policy makers
3. To understand the effectiveness of these information-based practices for both farmers and those who demand the information
4. Based on the findings of the project, to make suggestions about how to improve up-take of record keeping
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2014

Cost: £48,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Kings College London
Animal Welfare              
Social Sciences