Dr Carmen Hubbard

Roles and Responsibilities

CRE Research Manager


PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Aberdeen


Member of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE)
Member of the Agricultural Economics Society (AES)

Honours and Awards

European Commission, ACE Phare PhD Scholarship (1999-2002)
Intership, European Commission, DG Budget (October 2000 - March 2001)


Romanian, English and French

Research Interests

Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Analysis
Applied welfare economics
Farm animal welfare

Other Expertise

Consumer behaviour regarding organic and functional foods
Innovation and rural businesses

The role of knowledge institutions  

Current Work

EconWelfare: Good Animal Welfare in a Socio-Economic context. FP7 project funded by the European Commission to promote insight on the impact for farm animals, the production chain and European society of upgrading animal welfare standards (August 2008 – August 2011).

SCARLED: Structural Change in Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods. FP6 project funded by the European Commission to assess the restructuring process of the agricultural sector and rural socio-economic changes in the New EU Member States and learn lessons from “success stories" in selected EU15 countries (January 2006 - September 2010).

Rural Businesses and Science City. Funded by HEIF4, the project builds on the CRE Rural Business Survey and explores the connections between Science City and other innovation connectors and businesses located in the North East’s rural areas (August 2009 – July 2010). www.ncl.ac.uk/cre/research/ruralbusiscicity.htm

Research Roles

Research Manager Centre for Rural Economy
Editor CRE Discussion Papers (2007-2010)
Co-investigator (SCARLED)

Postgraduate Supervision

Since 2007, over a dozen  MSc students completed successfully their dissertation under my supervision. For 2008, one of my students was awarded for the Best Dissertation in MSc in International Marketing.

PhD Co-supervisor (with Prof. Philip Lowe and Guy Garrod

Namgeun Song: “The Dynamics, Process and Pitfalls of Policy Transfer/Learning: Comparative Study of Partnerships Based on Leader Approach in the UK and South Korea” (2009-2012) - completed successfuly


Esteem Indicators

Expert, AgriPolicy.net




Postgraduate Teaching

Module Leader (2007-2009)
ACE8001 Research Methods and Project Management
ACE8036 Participation and Rural Development