Fiona is a social scientist with a specialist interest in rural geography, reflected in a broad range of research and consultancy experience in rural sectors. Much of her work has taken place at the policy-practice interface in relation to the digital economy, agriculture, rural health, rural tourism, and rural enterprise. Fiona’s more recent work focused on Digital Society: particularly means of digital engagement, inclusion and resilience in rural areas; Digital by Default; inequalities of access and opportunity; and digital poverty. Since joining Harper Adams University, Fiona has returned to the subject of her earlier work around the family farm in transition and new entrants to agriculture: intergenerational behaviour and change; the implications of modernisation on values and culture; and the broader implications and impacts of shifts in policy direction for farming communities.
Fiona’s teaching focuses on rural geography, rural land use policy and management, research methods, and Honours research project supervision. Fiona has supervised two PhD students to successful completion: A Critical Review of Rural Proofing in England (2019); Practitioners’ Perceptions of the Process of Innovating in Health and Social Care in Rural Wales (2014). She is currently supervising a PhD student investigating social vulnerability amongst rural riparian communities in the context of flooding.
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society - Institute of British Geographers (FRGS)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Individual member of Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership Board (AONB), and Strategy and Performance Committee
Local Assessment Panel member of Farming in Protected Landscapes (FiPL) programme
Committee Member of the RGS-IBG Rural Geography Research Group (Dissertation Prize Co-ordinator for RGRG, 2016-22)