Dr Richard Byrne Dip HE, BSc, MSc, PhD. FHEA, CGeog, NSch. VR.
Food Security and Livelihoods Specialist
With over 20 years experience of agricultural and rural development, I now focus my energy on food security and livelihood issues related to conflict, disaster and climate change. Combining agricultural and food industry knowledge with geo-political awareness I regularly contribute to food security assessments, agricultural development audits and the development of livelihood strategies within post conflict and disaster prone environments.
With recent experience within a civil-military operations environment and a background in operating in fragile, hostile and challenging environments I have demonstrable commitment to promoting 'effects and influence' on a range of actors and working within multi disciplinary teams drawn both from civilian and military spheres.
Current work is centred on food security and livelihood development including;
- Food Security Assessment
- Agriculture and livelihoods as Influence and Stabilisation tools
- Food System Defence Assessment
- Agricultural Development
As a senior lecturer in Land Management at Harper Adams University, I oversee projects undertaken by the Rural Security Research Group in a variety of subject areas. I also currently supervise a number of PhD students at HAU focusing on counterfeit pesticides, farm crime and rural crime.
I also am a member of the SCID (Security Conflict and International Development) panel of experts at the University of Leicester. Additionally I am a member of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, where I contribute on issues relating to food and agriculture systems.
- Chartered Geographer of the Royal Geographical Society
- Member of the Canadian Association of Geographers
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Nuffield Farming Scholar
- Tackling Farm Crime - farmer behaviour and crime prevention decision making - Director of Study
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- Byrne, R and Smith, K. (2015) Modern Slavery and Agricultural Production Systems in Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology.
- Byrne, R. (2009) Agroterrorism, threats , preparedness and industry communication, Nuffield International
- Byrne, R (2007) Horizon scanning rural crime - agroterrorism an emerging threat to UK agriculture? International Journal of Rural Crime 1: 62-78
- Byrne, R (2006) Beyond lovers’ lane – the rise of illicit leisure and pleasure in countryside recreational space Leisure/ Loisir : Journal of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies Vol. 30, No.1
- Byrne, R (2005) Lessons to be learned from Ontario on how to tackle rising rural crime Farmers Club Journal Winter 2005, p10-11
- Byrne, R (2004) Socio sexual use of public recreational space – managing the Public Sex Environment in Country Parks Proceedings of the Second National Conference, Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management Vol. 1 p351-358
- Byrne, R (2003) ‘Setting the Boundaries - tackling Public Sex Environments in Country Parks’ Proceedings of Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Research Conference, Wadham College, University of Oxford
- Byrne, R (2002) AIDS in Zambia : the effect on subsistence farmers Geography Review Vol. 15, No,4
- Byrne R (2000) ‘Drought response in Southern Zambia’ Geography Review Vol. 13 No.3
- Byrne, R (1996) Field Boundaries in Anglesey, Gwynedd’ Landscape Research Vol. 21 No. 2
- 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
- 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)
- 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)