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Navigating Just Transition Pathways to Net-Zero, Livestock Farming in Mid-Wales

The net-zero transition is an increasingly contentious and polarising issue in food and agricultural spheres. As livestock systems contribute approximately 12 percent of all anthropogenic GHG emissions, and about 40 percent of total emissions from agri-food systems, livestock farmers are at the frontlines of this transition.

The just transition framework can provide foresight into the social, climate and environmental justice ramifications of sustainability transition policies, processes, and outcomes and are increasingly relevant to achieving food systems transformation. In practice, the just transition framework can support the creation of policies which balance human and environmental wellbeing.     

This research will apply a just transition lens to examine both public and private initiatives to achieve net zero in Welsh agriculture and land use, with a case study on livestock farming in Mid-Wales.

Primary Supervisor: Laxmi Prasad Pant
Secondary Supervisor(s): Truly Santika, Prof. Mariecia Fraser (Aberystwyth University) (External)

Georgie is a full-time doctoral researcher at Natural Resources Institute (2022-26), and part of the UK Food Systems – Centre for Doctoral Training.

She has an MA in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Kent, and a BA in English from UCL. For her MA, she conducted research on CAP agri-environmental policy reforms from the perspective of livestock farmers in Roscommon, Ireland. This research utilised a just transition framework to contribute to an emerging body of literature examining the social, cultural, and economic implications of the net-zero transition in agri-food systems.

Georgie has also worked as a journalist and strategic communicator for multiple food, environment and climate justice organisations including The Global Alliance for the Future of Food, Food Tank, and Climate in Colour.

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