Research

Vision: Through research and scholarship to understand and influence the environmental, social and economic consequences of the management or exploitation of the rural environment for food, fibre, energy and leisure; to be able to consider all stages in the supply chain from production to consumption of food and other products of the rural environment.

Student conducting research in lab

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 themes:

Integrative Animal Science

Integrated Agricultural Production

Food Quality and Health

Food and Society

Rural Development

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 health 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.