The UK’s largest collective of applied economists and social scientists focused on the agri-food sector, the Agri-Food Economics and Social Science Research Division undertakes multidisciplinary research across the broad food chain. This encompasses food and agriculture policy, health and nutrition, and the environment.
Our applied research incorporates agricultural, environmental, and behavioural economics, focusing on issues central to higher and lower-income countries. These include: how to provide sufficient, safe, and nutritious food; the impact of agriculture on the environment; and, managing natural resources such as tropical forests for both livelihood and ecological benefits.
The applied nature of our work, in collaboration with NGOs, community groups, and national and international organisations, ensures that we have real-world impact. On a local level, our research benefits the communities that we work with. Globally, our academics are involved with major groups including the UK’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs; the Food and Agriculture Organisation; Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development; and the European Commission.
Professor Elizabeth Robinson has been working on forest management and forest tenure reforms in Tanzania for over ten years.
Working closely with the NGO Tanzania Forest Conservation Group, the Environment for Development Tanzania Initiative, and the University of Dar es Salaam, her collaborative research into how changes in forest governance affect rural households’ livelihoods and forest ecosystem services has reached a broad audience of policy makers and practitioners.
- Balcombe, K., I. Fraser, B. Lowe, and D. Souza Monteiro. 2015. Information Customization and Food Choice. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 1
- Ceddia, M. G., N. O. Bardsley, S. Gomez-y-Paloma, and S. Sedlacek. 2014. Governance, Agricultural Intensification, and Land Sparing in Tropical South America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(20):7242–47.
- Holloway, Garth, Donald J. Lacombe, and Timothy M. Shaughnessy. 2014. How Large Is Congressional Dependence in Agriculture? Bayesian Inference about ‘Scale’ and ‘Scope’ in Measuring a Spatial Externality. Journal of Agricultural Economics 65(2):463–84.
- Robinson, Elizabeth J. Z., Heidi J. Albers, Guyslain Ngeleza, and Razack B. Lokina. 2014. Insiders, Outsiders, and the Role of Local Enforcement in Forest Management: An Example from Tanzania. Ecological Economics 107:242–48
- Tiffin, R., A. Kehlbacher, and M. Salois. 2015. The effects of a soft drink tax in the UK. Health Economics 24(5):583-600.
- Jaber-LÃ3pez, Tarek, Aurora GarcÃ¬a-Gallego, Pandelis Perakakis, and Nikolaos Georgantzis. 2014. Physiological and Behavioral Patterns of Corruption. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 8(December):1–8.
Our postgraduate research students have many opportunities to undertake courses in food, agricultural or environmental economics, or international development and communication.
Many of our faculty are able to develop their teaching and research by undertaking extensive periods of fieldwork overseas.
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