Applied Economics, Marketing and Development Research Group



About Us

The Agri-Food Economics and Social Sciences Group conducts research and policy analysis in a multidisciplinary setting applied to the areas of agriculture, food, health, environment and livelihoods. Our research includes both developed and developing economies the applied nature of our work has a policy orientation that involves interaction with national and international organisations, both private and public. The Group staff comprises some 30 applied economists and social scientists with a diverse range of skills and expertise, including quantitative and qualitative research approaches. We develop and apply state of the art methods at the frontiers of applied social science and engage in inter- and multi-disciplinary research in collaboration with scientists within the University, and in other national and international institutions. Group members contribute significantly to the work of the Centre for Food Security and the Walker Institute for Climate System Research and the Farm Management Unit based at the University

Members of the Group are responsible for, and contribute to, the teaching of undergraduate degree programmes in Consumer Behaviour and Marketing, Food Marketing and Business Economics and Agricultural Business Management; and Masters degree programmes administered by the Graduate Institute of International Development and Applied Economics (GIIDAE) as well as the supervision of students undertaking Higher Degrees by Research.

The Group also contains the Centre for Agricultural Strategy (CAS) - which is a self-funded unit that undertakes research and consultancy on food supply chain issues on a commercial basis and the Agricultural and Food Investigation Team (AFIT) - which carries out the Defra funded Farm business Survey amongst other farm-based investigations.

There are three core research areas:

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