Students on campus near King's Gate and Campus Coffee


Vision: Harnessing the natural and social sciences for sustainable agriculture, food and rural development.

We carry out strategic research into sustainable agricultural and food systems and rural development. This includes research into the effects of agricultural practices on productivity and sustainability. It involves applied research addressing problems within the production chain from farm to fork and studies of agricultural land and associated natural habitats that may be affected by agriculture.

We also undertake research addressing problems of sustainable development within the rural economy and society, and in relation to food, agriculture and rural policy.

Research activity within the School is organised within five main research groups.

Much of our research is funded by the UK Research Councils (ESRC, NERC, BBSRC), EU, Defra, Charities and Industry. It is often carried out within interdisciplinary research teams involving soil, plant, animal and food sciences, as well as social sciences from a range of disciplines (including consumer science, economics, political science, sociology and human geography).

The School hosts the Centre for Rural Economy and has close links with the cross-faculty Human Nutrition Research Centre.  Our research falls within the scope of three of Newcastle University’s societal challenge themes: Sustainability, Ageing and Social renewal.

You can also find out the interests of individual members of staff and details of our research facilities and farms: Cockle Park and Nafferton.