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Dr Richard Byrne

Dip HE, BSc, MSc, PhD., FHEA, CGeog, NSch. VR.

Senior Lecturer

Richard's teaching focusses on the evolving world of agricultural and environmental policy, building on his interest in this dynamic area developed during his PhD. More broadly his research interests relate to external factors influencing land management and agriculture. His scholarship is focussed primarily on the effect of organised crime on agricultural systems and the impacts of conflict on agricultural economies and their subsequent recovery. His research and practical experience have seen him travel widely in West and Sub-Saharan Africa as well as Afghanistan, the Philippines, the Middle East and Myanmar. 

As the lead for the University's, Rural Security Research Group he has supervised a number of PhD projects focussed on rural criminology. He is also an expert panel member on food and agriculture for the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime based in Geneva. 

Richard's current research work focusses on

  • Modern slavery in agricultural systems.
  • Agriculture as a stabilisation tool in post-conflict countries. 

 He currently supervises four PhD students looking at a variety of subject matter including modern slavery in EU agri-business and engaging youth in agriculture in South Africa. He also advises a number of NGOs and Government agencies on agricultural and land matters. 




Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Geographer of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Geographers
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Nuffield Farming Scholar

Academic Department: Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815415

Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

Office: F58 Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building

Research profile: ORCID


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Additional Information

Research Awards

  • Farmers Club Charitable Trust Award (2010) : A comparative review of Rural Emergency Planning, UK and Atlantic Canada
  • Nuffield Scholarship (2007-2008) project title : Agroterrorism, threat, response and industry communication.
  • Farmers Club Charitable Trust Travel Bursary (2004) Comparative study of rural policing strategies, visited Ontario, Canada

Conference Presentations

  • Byrne, R. (2019) Growing people – experiences of agripreneurship in tackling rural poverty in Nigeria, Royal Geographical Society Conference, London
  • Byrne, R. (2019) The Russians are coming - the rise of Russian agricultural power, Spatial Socio-Cultural Knowledge Conference, Cranfield
  • Byrne, R (2018) The Challenge of West African Migration, Royal Geographical Society Conference, Cardiff
  • Byrne, R. (2018) Fighting in someone's farmyard, Spatial Socio-Cultural Knowledge Conference, Cranfield
  • Byrne, R. (2017) Growing Peace – Civil-Military Co-operation (CIMIC) in Afghanistan, Conflict Research Society Conference, Oxford
  • Byrne, R and Smith, K. (2016) Modern slavery in agriculture, American Society of Criminology, Annual Conference. 15-19 November 2016, New Orleans
  • Smith, K. and Byrne, R, (2016) Farm Crime in England and Wales: Examining farmer attitudes, American Society of Criminiology, Annual Conference, 15-19 November 2016, New Orleands
  • Byrne,R. (2016) Forced Labour in agriculture - the challenge of modern slavery for food production - focus on the Philippines. ANZSOC International Conference, Adelaide, Australia
  • Byrne, R. (2016) Food Security and Civilian-Military Co-operation in Fragile States, West Point Military Academy, USA
  • Byrne, R. (2016) Food Security- the politics and practice of stockpiling commodities, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Byrne, R. (2015) Food Security in metropolitan earthquake scenarios, Manila, Philippines
  • Byrne, R. (2015) Food Security and Conflict, SCID Symposium, University of Leicester 
  • Byrne, R. (2014) Food Security in Disaster Situations, Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Relief Workshop
  • Byrne, R. (2014) Food Security and Agricultural Development, MOD  Seminar, Wiltshire 
  • Byrne, R. (2013) Food Security and Conflict, at the Level One Stabilisation Course (MOD) Wiltshire.
  • Byrne, R. (2012)  ‘Importance of understanding agriculture in stabilisation operations’ at 8th International Lessons Learned Conference, Sydney, Australia hosted by Australian Civilian- Military Centre 
  • Byrne ,R. (2011) Post-conflict agriculture as a stabilisation tool, US Navy Post-Graduate School, Monteray, California , April 2011
  • Byrne, R. (2010) A role for Balochi nomads in Afghanistan’s stabilisation and development? conference paper presented to Royal Geographical Society Conference, London, September 1st-3rd September 2010
  • Byrne, R (2009) Agroterrorism, biosecurity and industry response, Nuffield Conference, Chester, October 30th-31st 2009
  • Byrne, R (2009) Security Stabilisation and Agricultural Development in Helmand, Afghanistan, conference paper presented to Royal Geographical Society Conference, Manchester, August 26th-9th 2009
  • Crime in Rural Communities, Centre for Rural Crime, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, 30th November –1st December 2006, ‘Horizon scanning rural crime - agroterrorism an emerging threat?’
  • Higher Education Development Seminar (ERASMUS funded) Developing and managing post-graduate courses in geographical and environmental studies, Tessedik Samuel College, Szarvas, Hungary 29th August-1st September 2006
  • Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management Second National Conference ‘Socio sexual use of public recreational space – managing the Public Sex Environment in Country Parks’, University of Leeds, (September 2004)
  • Food Business Initiative, Food Tourism Conference, Harper Adams University College 13th November 2003, Tourism – delivering the challenge of sustainability
  • Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Research Conference, Wadham College, University of Oxford (April 2003) ‘Setting the Boundaries - tackling Public Sex Environments in Country Parks’
  • Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Research Conference, University of Dundee (April 2002) ‘Public perception of flooding as a land management issue.’
  • Rural Forum, Lichfield Cathedral (2000) The Future of the Countryside
  • Geographical Association Annual Conference, University of Southampton (March 1996) ‘EC-Reforming the Landscape’.


  • Contribution to Darman, P, (2010) ‘Blood, Sweat and Steel, New Holland 
  • Chapter in Terrorism as a Global Threat, ICFAI, (2009)


Book Reviews

  • Owen, S., Pooley, C., Folkard, A., Park, C., Clark, G. ,Watson, N., (2005) Rivers in the British Landscape, Carnegie Publishing, in Journal of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management
  • Haslam, S.M. (2003) understanding wetlands, fen, box and marsh, Taylor and Francis in Journal of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management Vol.18 No.3 (2004)


You can contact Dr Richard Byrne if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules:



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