Rachel IrwinWalsh Scholar
Growing up on a drystock farm in the west of Ireland nurtured my interest in agroecology, sustainable food production and policy.
Throughout academia, I have developed a keen research interest in agroforestry and the benefits it provides both to the individual farmer, and furthermore wider society. I believe that it is a major tool in climate change mitigation and adaption.
My current research project Small Woodlands on Farms focuses on small woodlands on dairy and drystock farms and the potential ambition of the Post 2020 CAP, whereby farm woodland creation will be further encouraged in the EU.
This project aims to discuss the impacts of trees and small woodlands on biodiversity, carbon sequestration, ecosystem services and livestock production; to inform policy and create management guidelines. This is in conjunction with the investigation into farmers’ attitudes and perceptions of agroforestry.
- B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology with Conservation, Bangor University, Wales.
- Irwin, R., Short, I. and Ní Dhubháin, Á. (2022) Increasing tree cover on Irish dairy and drystock farms: what are the main barriers and perceptions that impede agroforestry uptake? Forestry & Energy Review 12(1): 50-51.
- Presentation (YouTube) to the sixth European Agroforestry Conference, Nuoro, Italy, 19 May 2022.
- Irwin, Dhubháin, Short and Mohammadrezai (2022) Increasing tree cover on Irish dairy and drystock farms: the main barriers and perceptions that impede agroforestry uptake. Presentation at 6th European Agroforestry Conference, 19/05/2022.
- Irwin (2022) Increasing tree cover on Irish dairy and drystock farms: the main barriers and perceptions that impede agroforestry uptake. UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences Graduate Research Student Symposium. 08/04/2022
- Irwin (2021) Increasing tree cover on Irish dairy and drystock farms: Main barriers and perceptions to agroforestry uptake. Teagasc weekly sheep conference call, 21/09/2021.