Professor Michael Winter
Role: Board member of Natural England
Date appointed: September 2018
Professor Winter OBE is a rural policy specialist and social scientist with expertise covering a wide range of environmental issues and particular interests in applying inter-disciplinary approaches to policy-relevant research. He is currently Professor of Land Economy and Society at the Centre for Rural Policy Research at the University of Exeter.
He is on the governing board of Rothamsted Research and chairs Defra's Social Science Expert Panel on Environmental Land Management (ELM). He is a member of the UNESCO North Devon Biosphere Partnership (Chair 2012-19) and of Uplands Alliance Steering Group (Chair 2014-16). He is also a member of the Food Farming and Countryside Commission Research Advisory Group, the Steering Group for Innovative Farmers, and the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) Policy and Strategic Development Committee.
Past positions held by Professor Winter include membership of the Defra’s Review Group on Bovine TB, Expert Panel for the National Ecosystem Assessment, Defra’s Science Advisory Council, commissioner and board member of the Commission for Rural Communities, and member of the Committee of Inquiry on Hunting.