Rural Sustainability


Based in the heart of the South West, rural development issues are near to our hearts. As well as our own impressive track record in the field, the team have long-established relationships with a number of specialist collaborators in areas of expertise including sustainability and food and drink.

SERIO has  worked on large-scale consumer research project on behalf of Defra, looking at perceptions of local and regional food, as well as a follow-up study examining the environmental impact of seasonal produce, in partnership with the agricultural consultancy ADAS.

Another long-term relationship has been established with Milk Link – the UK’s largest dairy cooperative – for whom SERIO has conducted an annual membership survey since 2006.

SERIO Assesses the Impact of Making Local Food WorkDrawing upon 87 different sources of evidence, SERIO identified the changes the MLFW programme brought about for food enterprises, their members, stakeholders and local people.
SERIO and Buckman Associates publish new research on the economic impact of Superfast Cornwall A team led by SERIO and including experts from across Plymouth University, in collaboration with Buckman Associates, are working with the Cornwall Development Company (CDC) to provide an independent assessment of the impact of Superfast Cornwall.

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Our Expertise

Our expertise

Our core interdisciplinary team includes experts from a variety of backgrounds and we are unique in our ability to draw on specific expert knowledge for each and every project.

Part of Plymouth University, we collaborate with academics from across the institution, as well as other external specialists, in order to provide clients with the best possible expertise and insight


Our Successes

Our successes


SERIO has built a strong track record, working across our key services and areas of expertise. Find out more about the expert knowledge and practical solutions we have provided in previous projects, and the clients we have helped across the private, public and social purpose sectors.