Who we are

CAIRN is the Countryside and Agriculture Interdisciplinary Research Network.Convened in the winter of 2014, CAIRN brings together researchers from across and beyond the small and specialist higher education institutions on issues concerning the countryside and agricultural sciences. CAIRN researchers supervise research degrees in addition to undertaking their own research.


To be the leading trans disciplinary arts and sciences network for research into historical, contemporary and future rural and agricultural issues


  • Organise networking to stimulate collaborations
  • Seek funding for interdisciplinary research
  • Publicise collaborative research by the members
  • Provide resources for research-based teaching and learning
  • Enable research impact through public and end-user engagement

How we operate

CAIRN was initiated as a network of the Consortium for Research Excellence Training and Support (CREST), but is inclusive of any institution with researchers in relevant subjects. The first institutions involved in CAIRN activities were:

Arts University Bournemouth, Bishop Grosseteste University, Harper Adams University, Leeds Trinity University, Norwich University of the Arts, Plymouth College of Art,  University of St Mark & St John and Writtle College.

How to find out more

For comprehensive information on CAIRN and its activities  click on the website link in the box on the left. To contact CAIRN, click on the email link.

Harper Adams University
TF10 8NB

Contact name:
Professor Peter Kettlewell
Position:CAIRN Contact

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