Alison Caffyn

Rural Research

Background & Experience

Alison is an experienced researcher with a strong track record of projects and publications in the fields of rural policy and planning, tourism development, outdoor recreation and intensive agriculture.

Alison's recent research into intensive livestock farming, specifically the proliferation of poultry units across Herefordshire and Shropshire, has created considerable interest. She will be posting briefings on the research and links to her academic journal articles on this website as they are published.

Alison is now Senior Researcher at the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission focusing on Land Use issues.

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Recent Research

Alison completed an ESRC funded PhD at Cardiff University in January 2021. The research explored the contestations around the impacts of intensive poultry units in Herefordshire and Shropshire. These two counties have the highest numbers of broiler poultry units in the UK – there has been at least a four-fold increase over the last 20-30 years.

Alison was interested in the multiple impacts of intensive livestock production and the power relations involved in objecting to and defending proposals for further development of the sector.

Revealed: true cost of Britain's addiction to factory-farmed chicken

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