The University of Gloucestershire (UGLO) leads the VALERIE case study activities. Established in 1988, the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) of the University of Gloucestershire is one of the leading specialist rural research centres in the UK.

CCRI has expertise in all aspects of research in policy and planning for the countryside, rural development, agriculture and environment, rural economy and society, with research staff including geographers, economists, spatial planners, policy analysts, sociologists and environmental scientists. All work is ethically assured and formal systems are in place to enable monitoring and control of progress, finance and quality.

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