Dr Sophie Wynne-Jones - Staff Profile

Dr Sophie Wynne-Jones
Lecturer in Human Geography

Thoday Building, Room F24

Email: s.wynne-jones@bangor.ac.uk

Tel: 01248 382639


Lecturer in Human Geography


2015 PGCTHE. Aberystwyth University
2011 PhD Geography: 'Negotiating Neoliberalism: Engaging Ecosystem Services'; University of Wales Aberystwyth, ESRC 1+3 funded.
2006 Practising Human Geography MA, University of Wales Aberystwyth, ESRC 1+3 funded.
2005 Geography BA, University of Wales Aberystwyth, UWA full scholarship.

Research Interests

  • Political-Ecology
  • Human-Nature Relations
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Governance and Policy Studies
  • Participatory and Public Scholarship

-With particular expertise in land-use governance and agri-environment policy in Wales, and the social, behavioural and governmental aspects of payments for ecosystem services.

Current Projects

Developing research and writing on producer co-operatives and farmer organisations with Dr Steven Emery (Birmingham University) and Dr Jeremie Forney (University of Neuchâtel); following on from our 2015 ESRS Working Group: ‘Turning possibility into reality? The political potency of agrarian organisations.’

‘New directions in agri-environmental governance: Re-assembling food, knowledge and autonomy’. This project is led by Dr Jérémie Forney (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland) through a SNF-Professorship with the Swiss National Science Foundation; my role is an expert advisor for the UK case-study component.

Pumlumon Nature Fund Project Socio-economic Assessment with Jake-Elster-Jones and Dr Steven Emery

‘Food Values’ Research Project with the Organic Centre Wales funded through the Welsh Government’s Rural Development funds for Supply Chain Efficiencies, as part of the ‘Better Organic Business Links’ project. This was an action research project, also run in partnership with the Public Interest Research Centre. For details & copies of our report launched on the 3rd June see https://foodvaluesblog.wordpress.com/about/

I am also building on my previous research on ecosystem service governance in Wales, collaborating and comparing insights from the US and UK with Dr Steven Wolf (Cornall) and Dr Clive Potter (UCL); with support from the Transatlantic Rural Research Network: http://tarrn.wordpress.com and Imperial College London’s Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment Funding.


Wynne-Jones, S., North, P. and Routledge, P. (2015) Practising Participatory Geographies: potentials, problems and politics. Introduction to Special Section. Area. DOI: 10.1111/area.12186

Wynne-Jones, S. (2014) Book review of ‘Spaces of Contestation: Spatialities and Social Movements’ 2013 edited by W. Nicholls, B. Miller and J. Beaumont. Cultural Geographies.

Wynne-Jones, S. Potter, C. Wolf, S. (2014) Boundary formation and reconfiguration in mobilizing ecosystem services from agriculture. Paper for the Transatlantic Rural Research Network Annual Gathering.

WRO (2014) The Pontbren Project: An Evaluation of the Farmers’ Experiences and Lessons Learnt. Report to the Welsh Government. [available online at http://www.walesruralobservatory.org.uk/our-publications].

WRO (2014) Knowledge Transfer and Innovation in the Wales Rural Development Plan and European Innovation Partnership (2014-2020). Report to the Welsh Government. [available online at http://www.walesruralobservatory.org.uk/our-publications].

Wynne-Jones, S. (2014) ‘Reading for Difference’ with Payments for Ecosystem Services in Wales. Part of Special Issue on ‘Contesting Governance Hegemonies: A Multi-Disciplinary, Cross-National Perspective’. Journal of Critical Policy Studies. DOI: 10.1080/19460171.2013.857474

Ayres, S. and Wynne-Jones, S. (2014) Cambrian Wildwood – new ventures in a wilder landscape. ECOS November edition.

Wynne-Jones, S. (2013) Zero Carbon Britain and Farmers: Reactions to land use change. Chapter 5 in Zero Carbon Britain Re-thinking the Future. Centre for Alternative Technology.

Wynne-Jones, S. (2013) Ecosystem Service Delivery in Wales: Investigating Farmers Willingness to Participate. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. DOI:10.1080/1523908X.2013.788443

Wynne-Jones, S. (2013) Connecting Payments for Ecosystem Services and Agri-Environment Regulation: An Analysis of the Welsh Glastir Scheme. Journal of Rural Studies 31: 77-86

Wynne-Jones, S. (2013) Carbon Blinkers and Policy Blindness: The difficulties of ‘Growing Our Woodland in Wales’. Journal of Land Use Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.10.012

Wynne-Jones, S., Schwarz, G., Burton, R., (2013) Payment-by-results agri-environmental support for grasslands in Europe: Lessons learnt for future agri-environmental support in Wales. Proceedings of the European Grasslands Federation Conference

Kitchen, L., Marsden, T., and Wynne-Jones, S. (2013) Agriculture in Wales Since the End of World War II. Manuscript for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes, in the Welsh Government. http://wales.gov.uk/docs/drah/publications/130429agriculturewalessinceww2en.pdf

Wynne-Jones, S. (2012) Negotiating Neoliberalism: Conservationists’ role in the development of Payments for Ecosystem Services. Geoforum. 43: 1035-1044.

Participatory Geographies Research Group (2012) Communifesto for fuller geographies: Towards mutual security. Antipode Symposium Series: http://antipodefoundation.org/2012/10/15/symposium-on-the-participatory-geographies-research-groups-communifesto-for-fuller-geographies-towards-mutual-security/

Wales Rural Observatory (2012) Farmers’ Decision Making. Report for Welsh Government [available online at http://www.walesruralobservatory.org.uk/our-publications].

Wales Rural Observatory (2012) Impacts of CAP Reform; Phase 1 Report for Welsh Government.