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

Twitter: @SophieWynneJ


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

Sophie is a human geographer working on rural landscape change and governance. This includes research on:

1) Farming and agricultural policy developments: farmer decision-making, learning and practise; adoption of environmental management; co-operative behaviours; agri- environmental governance changes; novel forms of governance and partnership.
2) Human-nature relations with nature: whether these are constructed in terms of ecosystem services or ambitions for rewilding, and the implications these ideas have.
3) Knowledge controversies: how different rural stakeholders interact and agree on appropriate strategies for rural and landscape futures.

Sophie is on the committee of the Royal Geographic Society's 'Participatory Geographies Research Group' - and has a longstanding commitment to public scholarship and participatory working.

Current Projects


Rewilding in Wales – assessing processes of conflict and change
Rewilding in a Changing Europe: Opportunities, Threats and Shifting Geographies of Land-Use http://www.nrn-lcee.ac.uk/rdf-funded.php.en

Farmers’ Collaboration

Fferm Ifan & Conwy Catchment North Wales funded through Defra SIP2 project http://www.siplatform.org.uk/farming-collaboration
Pontbren Project in Mid Wales, funded through Welsh Government http://gov.wales/funding/eu-funds/previous/programme-evaluation/pontbren-project/?lang=en

Food Values – exploring innovate approaches to food education and communications https://foodvaluesblog.wordpress.com/ funded through Wales Rural Development Programme Supply Chain Efficiencies & ESRC Impact Accelerator Award

New directions in agri-environmental governance:

Wales advisor on https://agrienvironmentalgovernance.wordpress.com/ 
Previous evaluations of agri-environmental development in Wales funded through:
Wales Nature Fund
Transatlantic Rural Research Network & Imperial College London http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/lifesciences/grandchallengesinecosystemsandtheenvironment/eventssummary/event_9-4-2015-14-45-14
Wales Rural Observatory http://www.walesruralobservatory.org.uk


Wynne-Jones, S. and Vetter, T. in press. Assembling Payments for Ecosystem Services in Wales Chapter in Forney, J., Rosin, C., and Campbell, H. eds. Agri-environmental governance as an assemblage: multiplicity, power, and transformation. Routledge, Earthscan.

Wynne-Jones, S. (2017) Understanding Farmer Co-operation: Exploring Practices of Social Relatedness and Emergent Affects. Journal of Rural Studies Special Issue on Farmers Co-operation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.02.012
Emery, S.B., Forney, J. and Wynne-Jones, S., 2017. The more-than-economic dimensions of cooperation in food production. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.05.017

Wynne-Jones, S., (2016) Flooding and media storms–controversies over farming and upland land-use in the UK. Land Use Policy, 58: 533-536.

Maderson, S. and Wynne-Jones, S., (2016) Beekeepers’ knowledges and participation in pollinator conservation policy. Journal of Rural Studies, 45: 88-98.

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.