Personal profile


A social scientist with with degrees in social anthropology and human geography and doctoral and postdoctoral work on agricultural innovation. Ten years of experience at UKRI (NERC and ESRC) working on environmental research and research impact.

Areas of expertise include agricultural innovation systems, environmental impact of agriculture, environmental policy, and environmental research management. And potatoes.

Research methods are largely qualitative: interviews, participant observation and document analysis.

Now working on beef and sheep marketing systems, governance and food value chains with animal scientists at the Royal Veterinary College.

Qualitative editor for the methods blog of the Social Research Association. 


Education/Academic qualification

Cultural Anthropology, BA Hons, Carleton University

Environmental Policy, MSc, The University of Oxford

Agricultural Innovation Systems, PhD, Following EU Regulation 1107/2009 into a System of Agricultural Innovation, The University of Reading


Dive into the research topics where Sophie Payne-Gifford is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or