Institute of Science & the Environment
Dr Nick Evans, University of Worcester
Dr Carol Morris, University of Nottingham
MA Social Anthropology, University of Wales, Lampeter
BA Religious Studies and Anthropology, University of Wales, Lampeter
- Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research
Module Tutor (GEOG1002: Mapping the Environment)
Science and technology within the UK agricultural sector
UK farm families
Interdisciplinarity (specifically between geography and anthropology)
Anthropological methods and ethnography
Discourses of globalisation / productivism
Science and technology within the UK agricultural sector
Before joining the University of Worcester, my research focused on the interactions at a Welsh, city-based farmers’ market as a way of exploring the interplay between the agricultural sector and processes associated with globalisation. Seeking to understand the reasons behind farmers’ markets, I theorised legislation and policy; food and globalisation; supermarket ‘culture’; and the (re-) shaping of communities.
My current PhD research is an exploration of inter-relationships between farm families and technologies, such as genetic modification (GM). Through long-term, multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork, I will consider the processes that surround policy, scientific innovation and media representation within contemporary UK agriculture.
- Professional Bodies
Postgraduate Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The European Association of Social Anthropologists
- External Responsibilities
Occasional Reviewer, Anthropology Reviews: Dissent and Cultural Politics.
Anthropology Reference Group Member, The Higher Education Academy, Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP).
- Publications & Conferences
Publications & Conferences
Perkins, C (2010); The Husbandry of Technology: Outlining an ethnographic approach to farm family (neo-) productions of genetic modification, Anthropology Reviews: Dissent and Cultural Politics 1, 36-38.
Perkins, C (Forthcoming); Keeping Friends Close, but Enemies Closer: Theoretical and Methodological Negotiations of Dominant Invisibility within Fieldwork at a City Farmers’ Market, Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences, UK: Berghahn.
Perkins, C. (Forthcoming) 'Neo-productivism', farm families and technologies in Dundee, Scotland, UK. In Harakova, H., Boscoboinink, A. (eds.) From production to consumption: Transformation of rural communities in Europe, Lit Verlag, München, Germany
Perkins, C. (Under Review) The Husbandry of Technology: Farm families' cultivation of technological knowledge under 'neo-productivist' conditions. In Ramsey, D., Evans, N. (eds.) Rural Development: Theories and Applications, Rural Development Institute, Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada
Conference Papers, Workshops and Presentations
Mama’s hotpot: Leaving behind Tesco’s Best of British for a taste of the dirt (Departmental Research Seminar, University of Wales, Lampeter, UK, 19th May 2008).
Mama’s hotpot: Leaving behind Tesco’s Best of British for a taste of the dirt (TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group), Columbia University, New York, USA, 24th May 2008).
New Age Shepherd’s Pie: Food sustenance for the wise (Poster Presentation, BSA (British Sociological Association) Food Study Group, British Library, London, UK, 14th July 2008).
Jamie’s School Dinners: The anthropology of food (Wales Anthropology Day Workshop, University of Wales, Lampeter, UK, 27th June 2008).
‘We are what we eat’: Exploring counter-cultural re-constructions of culinary consent (Interrogating Consent and Dominance: Citizenship, Ethnicities and Sexualities in Research and Teaching, Gregynog Conference Hall, Powys, UK, 10th September 2008).
Call of the wild: The ‘Alternative’ Answer (TAG (Theoretical Archaeology Group), Southampton University, UK, 15-17th December 2008).
There’s a time and a place for everything, but maybe not this: a re-think of migrants, food and cultural identity (Food and Migration Workshop, SOAS (School of Oriental and Asian Studies), University of London, UK, 2-3rd February 2009).
Keeping Friends Close, but Enemies Closer: Internalised dominance at a Cardiff farmers’ market (Interrogating Consent and Dominance: Citizenship, Ethnicities and Sexualities in Research and Teaching, Gregynog Conference Hall, Powys, UK, 9th February 2009).
Keeping Friends Close, but Enemies Closer: Theoretical and methodological negotiations of dominant invisibility within fieldwork at a city farmers' market (ASA 2009 ‘Anthropological and Archaeological Imaginations: Past, Present and Future’ Bristol, UK, 6-9th April 2009).
Hybridity and Husbandry: Farm Families and Genetic Modification in the UK (CCRI Winter School, Hawkwood College, Stroud, UK, 11-12th November, 2009).
The Husbandry of Technology: An ethnographic approach to ‘radical’ engagements with a changing global context by UK farm families (Research Student Conference, University of Worcester, 8th May 2010).
The Husbandry of Technology: An ethnographic approach to understanding the relationship between ‘radical’ technologies and UK farm family businesses (Postgraduate Research Student Conference, University of Gloucestershire, 10th-11th May, 2010).
The Husbandry of Technology: Outlining an ethnographic approach to farm family (neo-) productions of 'radical' technologies (Anglo-French-Irish Rural Geography Symposium, Farming for a Sustainable Countryside, University of Colchester, 12-15th July 2010).
The Husbandry of Technology: Ethnographically understanding changing agricultural engagements by UK farm families (European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference, National University of Ireland Maynooth, 24th - 27th August, 2010)
The Husbandry of Technology: ‘Radical’ technologies within the everyday context of the UK family farm (Vital Signs 2: Engaging Research Imaginations, University of Manchester, 7th - 9th September, 2010)
Seeking an ethnography of agriculture: From market to farm, label to lab, anthropology to geography, ISE Research Seminar Series, University of Worcester, 21st October 2010
(Field) Methods and (Farm) Gatekeepers: Open Publishing, internet blogging and volunteering? Postgraduate Work in Progress Seminar Series, University of Worcester, 10th February 2011
The Husbandry of Technology: Cultivation of technological knowledge under neo-productivist conditions, Anglo-American-Canadian Quadriennial Rural Geography Conference, 2011
Beth am gael paned? / What about a cup of tea then?, Postgraduate Work in Progress Seminar Series, University of Worcester, 12th December 2011