Professor Winter is a rural policy specialist and social scientist with expertise covering a wide range of environmental issues and particular interests in applying inter-disciplinary approaches to policy-relevant research. He is currently Professor of Land, Economy and Society at the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy (LEEP) Institute in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter. He is also co-Director of the Food Security & Land Research Alliance (encompassing the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, Rothamsted Research and Duchy College). He co-directs Defra’s Sustainable Intensification Research Platform and is on the co-ordinating group for NERC’s Valuing Nature Programme. He chairs the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Partnership. He is a member of the governing board of Rothamsted Research.
Past positions held by Professor Winter include membership of the Expert Panel for the National Ecosystem Assessment, Defra’s Science Advisory Council and being a Commissioner and Board member of the Commission for Rural Communities.
Non-executive board member
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