Dr Faye Shortland

BSc, MA, PhD

Department of Sociological Studies

Research Associate

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Dr Faye Shortland
Department of Sociological Studies
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Faye joined the Department of Sociological Studies in January 2023, having previously worked at both the James Hutton Institute and the University of Reading. She studied for her PhD at the University of Birmingham (2017-2020) in Geography and her principal research interests are in rural life. In particular, rural communities, heritage management, agriculture, and landscape management e.g., national parks and world heritage sites. Faye’s PhD studies were focused on the Lake District national park and world heritage site in England and drew conceptually from her background in both geography and socio-cultural anthropology.

Research interests

Faye is currently working on the ‘Living Brexit in rural Britain: migration and communities’ 2023-2025 Leverhulme Trust funded project. This project is led by Professor Sarah Neal (Sheffield) and is being jointly undertaken with the universities of Glasgow and Aberystwyth. This two year project explores the relationships and intersections between rural areas, changing rural communities and the politics of Brexit. Over the last two decades rural areas have experienced extensive restructuring and become significant sites of labour migration and, increasingly, asylum seeker and refugee settlement. In this context, there is a need to examine what the rural EU Referendum outcomes reflect and what the ongoing processes and consequences of Brexit for these newly diverse rural communities will be. While high-profile media and policy attention has been directed towards the economic impacts of Brexit for farmers, food production industries and land/environmental management, little attention has been given to the social implications of the post-Brexit settlement for rural communities, rural-based migrants and broader configurations of rural diversity, belonging and cohesion. 

Faye’s research interests are:

  • World Heritage Site Management
  • Rural Communities 
  • Rural Mental Health Support 
  • Landscape Management 
  • National Parks 
  • Agriculture 
  • Farmer Decision-Making
  • Ethnography 
  • Qualitative Research Methods