Professor Henry Buller
Professor of Geography
for Term 3 2016/17: to be confirmed
Henry Buller works principally in the area of non-human geographies, notably animal geographies. He is involved in a number of national and international research projects and professional activities that seek to bring a critical social science understanding to the issue of farm and working animal welfare in contemporary production systems and food supply chains. He is also working on issues of wild species re-introduction and upon the conceptual and methodological approaches to social science framings and understandings of human/animal interactions. Having written and published, over the last few years, a number of journal papers and book chapters on these various themes (see ‘publications’), he is currently working on a co-authored book on farm animal welfare for Bloomsbury Press and a series of commissioned research reviews on ‘Animal Geographies’ for the journal Progress in Human Geography. He is a contributory author to the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Human/Animal Studies. Henry Buller is an appointed member of the UK’s Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) and also Chairs the FAWC/Defra Welfare at Killing group.
A second broad and longstanding area of his research and teaching has been in the related fields of rural geography, rural development, agri-environmental policy, agro-food policy and environmental politics. He was Editor of the international rural social science journal Sociologia Ruralis from 2002 to 2014, is former Chair of the IBG/RGS Rural Geography Study Group and was a member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Rural Sociology. He is also an Associate Member of the French CNRS research laboratory LADYSS at the University of Paris 10 and Associate of the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter. He has recently sat as an appointed member of the Commission d’Evaluation of the French Institut National de la Recherce Agronomique (INRA) and until recently, was also an appointed member of the French Conseil d’Orientation, Recherche et Programmation des Parcs Naturels Régionaux (CORP).
Henry Buller came to Exeter in 2003. Having worked at Oxford Polytechnic in the 1980s, then at the CNRS Groupe de Recherches Sociologiques at the University of Paris 10 at Nanterre, Henry was, Maitre de conférences at the Department of Geography, University of Paris VII from 1990 to 2001, during which time he was also Director of the DESS ‘Espace et Milieux’ at that University. He was Professor of Rural Studies at the Countryside and Community Research Unit of the University of Gloucestershire (2001-2003).
He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and member of: the Nature, Materialities and Biopolitics (NAMBIO) Research group; Science Technology and Culture (STaC) theme of the HASS Strategy; and Food Security and Land Research Alliance at the University of Exeter.
BA Hons (London)
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