landbridge has developed out of the findings from the Relu project ‘Science in the Field: Understanding the changing role of expertise in the rural economy’. This ESRC-funded research project ran from June 2008 to August 2011 and investigated the current and potential role of advisors as knowledge brokers between scientific research and land management practice, with a focus on how their knowledge and expertise are constructed and disseminated. 

The research explored the working practices and expertise of three different groups of specialist advisors (farm animal vets, applied ecologists and land agents/surveyors) through the use of in-depth interview and ethnography. More information on this project can be found on the Science in the Field website. An aim of landbridge is to involve a much wider range of rural professions.