Dr Richard Byrne Dip HE, BSc, MSc, PhD. FHEA, CGeog, NSch. VR.

Senior Lecturer  

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Tel: +44 (0)1952 815415
Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783
Twitter: @DrRJByrne
Academic Department: Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management
Building: Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building
Office: F58
Research profile: ORCID

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.

 

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

Research projects

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Publications

  • 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

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. (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’.

Books

  • 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)
 

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815415
Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783
Twitter: @DrRJByrne
Academic Department: Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management
Building: Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building
Office: F58
Research profile: ORCID

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