Tom James

Tom James

Research supervision

Professor Katrina Brown - Chair

Professor Robbie McDonald - Chair

Tom James


I am a Human Geography and ESRC South West Doctoral Training Centre student co-supervised by Professor Katrina Brown and Professor Robbie McDonald, as well as  Patricia Gaya (University of Bristol). My research explores the relationships between social-ecological innovation and resilience in land managers’ transformations to agroecological systems. I am particularly interested in how land managers understand the dynamics of learning and innovation that empower them to pursue and enact their desired agroecological systems. My research is performed in partnership with a community of land managers situated in the Tamar Valley in Cornwall and Devon, UK.

Research interests

  • Resilience and transformations
  • Social-ecological innovation
  • Participatory action research
  • Agroecology, food security and sustainable intensification


2010 MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Business Management (Harper Adams University College)
2003 BA (Hons) Business Administration (University of the West of England)


2011-2012 Senior Researcher, Clear About Carbon and HOW2, Duchy College
2011 Project Researcher, Soil Association
2005-2011 Project Manager, Amalga Limited