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Edna Can

PhD Student
Land Economy, Environment & Society

Research interests 

I hold a master’s degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lisbon. My research interests are in livestock and animal production, agricultural systems and management, food policy and epidemiology and risk analysis in animal and public health. I have also a particular interest in health and welfare assessment, having worked directly with the EU Project “Animal Welfare Indicators (AWIN)” research team on the development and testing of animal-based indicators, including those of pain, for intensively kept dairy goats. I was also involved in the “Stable Schools Project”, from the Thuenen Institute of Organic Farming, performing periodic welfare assessments on organic dairy goat farms, in Germany.

 PhD Title

  • Developing integrated approaches to model the adoption of innovations on beef farms
    The Beef 2020 plan for the Scottish Beef industry aims to sustainably increase production of Scottish beef. Intrinsic to the accomplishment of this plan is the uptake of commercially successful innovations to encourage sustainable intensification. This research will seek to understand the impact of new innovations and policies, using ex-ante economic analysis tools and models with a spatial element, both in terms of the different locations of different types of beef production system in Scotland and the behavioural diversity of Scottish farmers

PhD supervisors

Selected publications

  • Can, E., Vieira, A., Battini, M., Mattiello, S. & Stilwell, G. (2016). On-farm welfare assessment of dairy goat farms using animal-based indicators: the example of 30 commercial farms in Portugal. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A — Animal Science, 66(1), 43–55. doi:10.1080/09064702.2016.1208267

Edna Can