Dr Peter Carruthers


Honorary Senior Fellow

Geography and Archaeology

Contact Details

email: p.carruthers@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 54 2212

Dr Carruthers joined the University of Worcester in April 2008, originally on secondment from the Commission for Rural Communities. During his secondment (2008 2011), he developed and taught a new module on people in the countryside, and gave lectures on environmental and land ethics. He also researched and wrote on land and rural ethics and acted as an Expert Advisor to the Commission for Rural Communities, playing a major role in the Commissions inquiry into the future for England's upland communities (published June 2010). Current research interests include land and environmental ethics and ethical approaches to rural policy. Voluntary roles included membership of the Board of Farm Crisis Network, as a trustee since 1995 and as Chairman from 2006 2010.


  • Oxford Executive Development (Oxford Scenarios Programme, 2006)
  • PhD Agricultural Systems, Reading, 1985
  • BSc (Hons) Agricultural Botany, Reading, 1976

Teaching & Research

Current Teaching
Environmental and land ethics.

Past and present research interests
Social, cultural and ethical aspects of land-use and rural policy; futures methods and the future of the countryside; climate change and agriculture; animal welfare; farmer stress; environmental life-cycle assessment; biomass, biofuels and industrial crops; agroforestry; organic farming; GM crops and foods; the ethics and theology of agriculture, environment and land.

Professional Bodies

Member of the Society of Biology (MSB)

Chartered Biologist (CBiol)


Carruthers, S. P. 2009. The land debate – ‘doing the right thing’: ethical approaches to land-use decision making. In: Winter, M & Lobley, M (Eds). What is land for? The food, fuel and climate change debate. London, Earthscan.

Carruthers , S P; Thompson, N; Carroll, T; Webster, D; Harper, A & Soane, I (2009) Developing the English uplands. A report to the Commission for Rural Communities’ Inquiry into the Future for England’s Upland Communities. Cheltenham: Commission for Rural Communities.

Carruthers, S.P (2009) Valuing people and nature in the uplands & Ethics, public policy and upland communities . Papers presented at Commission for Rural Communities’ Seminar on the future for the English uplands, Penrith, UK, 21-22 May 2009.Carruthers, S P (2002) Farming in crisis and the voice of silence. Ethics in science and environmental politics, 2002, 59-64.

Carruthers, S P (2002) Farming families in crisis. A profile of the recipients of RABI and ARC-Addington Fund grants during the 2001 foot-and-mouth disease epidemic. Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, ARC-Addington Fund, Farm Crisis Network & Rural Stress Information Network. 43 pages.

Wightman, P. S., S. P. Carruthers, and K. C. Walker (1999). Comparative life-cycle assessment and cost-benefit analysis of mineral and rapeseed oils. In Proceedings of IMechE, S673: Environmental impact of fluid power systems. London: IMechE.

Carruthers, S P; Walker, K C; Wightman, P S; Jones, P J; Eavis, R M; Tranter, R B; Bennett, R M; Little, G P J; Harrison Mayfield, L E; Batchelor, S E, Rehman, T & Miller, F A (1998) Cost-benefit analysis, including life-cycle assessment, of oils produced from UK-grown crops compared with mineral oils. MAFF CSA 2985. Final Report. Reading: Centre for Agricultural Strategy. 399 pages.

Bennett, R M; Carruthers, S P & Tranter, R B (1999) Case studies of the financial performance of organic vegetable growers in the South of England. Farm Management 10 (6), 307-317.

Winter, M; Fry, C & Carruthers, S P (1998) European agricultural policy and farm animal welfare. Food Policy 23 (3).Carruthers, S P & Miller, F A (Eds) (1996) Crisis on the family farm: ethics or economics. CAS Paper 28. Reading: Centre for Agricultural Strategy.

Carruthers, S P; Miller, F A & Vaughan, C M A (1994) Crops for industry and energy. CAS Report 15. Reading: Centre for Agricultural Strategy.Carruthers, S P (1993) The dehesas of Spain - exemplars or anachronisms? Agroforestry Forum 4, 43-52.