Updated: Apr 25, 2020
Research supervisors are often the unsung heroes of uni life, and I’m really lucky to have the support of two fab supervisors who help guide and support the research process.
We meet up at least once a month to discuss what I’m working on, feedback on progress, and plan what to do next.
They come up with tonnes of new ideas and as experts in their field they use their knowledge and experience to enhance the research as well as making sure I keep on track and the project fulfils the PhD requirements.
So - here they are...
Dr Christie Siettou
Christie is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham and is the lead supervisor on this project.
After gaining a PhD in Agri-environmental Economics from University of Kent in 2015, she worked as a research fellow at Defra and as consultant for the Greek ministry of rural development and food.
She’s now worked at Nottingham uni for four years – in fact I started my undergrad degree the same year she started teaching here – and she taught lots of my undergrad modules including policy making and agri-business marketing.
Christie's current research interests are in the fields of Agricultural and Environmental Economics, which includes agricultural policy, animal welfare and consumer behaviour. She was also my dissertation supervisor where we looked into consumer willingness to pay for white shelled eggs (find out more in an upcoming blog!).
Christie originally hails from just outside of Athens, Greece, and is completely on-it when it comes to international agriculture and exploring international perspectives and applications within research.
She is also the person who first encouraged me to do this research!
Prof Paul Wilson
Paul is Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Nottingham and is a joint supervisor on this project.
He’s an expert in agricultural economics and farm business management and wears a tonne of different hats including:
· Chief Executive of Rural Business Research - the academic consortium that undertakes the Defra-funded Farm Business Survey for England
· Director of the University of Nottingham’s Rural Business Research Unit
· Deputy Head of School of Biosciences at Nottingham
His work is widely published and his specific research interests include farm business decision making, farm income performance and agricultural-environmental interactions.
His teaching is mainly in the area of agricultural economics and business management and he taught me in economics, and human and technological resource management undergrad modules.
Paul’s also secretary of the East Midlands Farm Management Association and is super passionate about facilitating knowledge transfer between research and practice.
Sutton Bonington Campus
Although I now work remotely and just travel in for my supervisor meetings, Sutton Bonington campus (affectionately known as SB) was my base for a great three years of undergrad study.
SB’s home to around 2,500 students from the Schools of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine and is situated next to the University Farm and Dairy Centre.
I found the staff and my overall course to be super and there’s also the opportunity to do a year in industry as part of your undergrad studies (I did mine at NFU HQ) – as well as masters and further research opportunities.
If you’re interested in studying agriculture, UoN is actually ranked 1st in the UK for their agriculture courses (for a 3rd year running) in the Complete University Guide 2020 – so check it out online and visit an open day!