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Professor Richard Bennett

  • Director of Enterprise
  • Director of Economic and Social Sciences Division, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
  • Economic aspects of animal health, disease control and animal welfare
  • Animal health and welfare policy
  • Economic valuation methods

I undertake research and consultancy for a wide range of international and national public and commercial sponsors.


  • Qualitative Research Methods (MSc course)
  • Economic Aspects of the Food Supply Chain
  • Business Management
  • Agricultural and Rural Policy

Research projects

  • Evaluation of the Broiler Regulation (Directive 2007/43/EC) in England and Wales
  • Economic modelling and valuation of prevention of injurious pecking in laying hens (with Bristol University).
  • Economic implications of the provision of open water in duck production.
  • Economic aspects of biosecurity on suckler beef farms.
  • Valuation of animal welfare benefits.
  • Computer models of the costs and benefits of livestock disease control.
  • ESRC Network on Human-Animal Interactions (with Exeter and Bristol Universities).
  • Farmers' willingness to pay for a bTB vaccine.
  • Influencing behaviours for the control of exotic livestock diseases.
  • Economic framework for animal health and welfare policy.
  • Animal welfare attributes and food quality.
  • Economic valuation of badgers and TB in cattle.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of Farm Animal Welfare Committee (since 2005) and Chair of the Standing Committee on Ethics, Economics, Education and Regulation.
  • Chair of the UK Veterinary Development Council (since 2010).
  • Trustee and Council Member of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare.
  • Trustee of the Humane Slaughter Association.
  • Trustee of the Farm Animal Welfare Trust.
  • Member of the England Implementation Group of the Animal Health and Welfare Strategy (2005-2009)


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