The purpose of the Stapledon Centre is to reinvigorate and extend the legacy of Sir George Stapledon in Aberystwyth. This will be achieved by creating an interdisciplinary team of leading academics within Aberystwyth University focused on the economic, environmental and societal impact of pastoral based production systems as it relates to both rural communities and urban dwellers.
We plan to establish a centre focused around pasture-based agriculture. In doing so, we will strengthen forthcoming applications to BBSRC for strategic program funding in this area. We will also leverage the funding we will hopefully receive from BBSRC to widen the debate concerning pasture based agriculture, the science possible, the environmental effects and the societal consequences in both urban and rural communities. This will be achieved by encouraging collaboration between agricultural, environmental and social scientists in Aberystwyth and beyond. In doing so, we will provide a unique point of differentiation for Aberystwyth University that is closely aligned with developing priorities within RCUK, Horizon 2020 and the recently announced global challenges fund. The Stapledon Centre will drive both funding and interdisciplinary/ transdisciplinary working within Aberystwyth University.