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

  • Research Fellowship, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan (11/2014)
  • EU Phare - ACE PhD scholarship at the University of Aberdeen, awarded by the European Commission, (1999 – 2002)
  • Awarded Internship, European Commission, DG Budget, Assistance for Candidate Countries in Financial Management and Control Unit, Brussels, Belgium (10/2000 - 03/2001)
  • Convergence in Europe and the Process of Enlargement and Association Programme, Nice, a  High-Level Scientific Conference, awarded by the European Commission (2002)
  • European University Institute, Competitiveness and EU Enlargement, Summer School, Florence (2001)
  • Central European University, Statistics for Social Science, Summer School (1998)
  • University of Goteborg, Sweden (01/1997-04/1997)
  • EU Tempus – Phare Scholarship on ‘Developing skills in educational methodology’, South Birmingham College, Birmingham, UK, awarded by the European Commission, Tempus Programme (1995).


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

Prohealth (Sustainable Pig and Poultry Production) aims to develop understanding of the multi-factorial dimension of animal pathologies linked to the intensification of production across a wide range of EU intensive systems, using both epidemiological and experimental approaches. This will be used to develop, evaluate and disseminate effective control strategies to reduce impact. Funder: European Commission FP7, (Team member) (2013-2017)

COMPETE (International comparison of product supply chains in the agri-food sectors: determinants of their competitiveness and performance on EU and international markets) (2012-2015). The project focuses on the evaluation of competitiveness and determinants of competitiveness of various European agri-food supply chains in order to provide better targeted and evidence based policies at both EU and national levels. Funder: European Commission FP7 (Co-Investigator) 

Collab4Safety (Strengthening cooperation for global food safety research) (2012-2016) aims at developing a sustainable coordination platform for exchange of food safety information about research findings, capacity building and policies and facilitate the control and mitigation of existing and emerging food risks. Funder: European Commission FP7, (Co-Investigator)  

International Research Staff Exchange Scheme: Knowledge and Expertise Exchange Europe – New Zealand (KEEENZ).  KEEENZ is a multidisciplinary exchange programme to promote research collaboration between Europe and New Zealand focused on EU External Relations and Public Diplomacy;  Funder: The European Commission and the New Zealand Ministry of Research Science and Technology (Team member 2009-2014, Principal Investigator 03/2014 – 09/2015)                 

Completed Research Projects 

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

Member of the School Research Committee (03/2013 –  )

Research Manager Centre for Rural Economy (2009 - 2014)

School Research Newsletter Editor, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development (2012 - )  

 School Seminar Series Organiser, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development (2012 – )

School Technical Leader of the Social Science Group in the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council – Advanced Training Partnership (BBSRC-ATP) in Intensive Livestock Health and Production (2011 -)

Postgraduate (PhD) Panel Assessor, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and  the Business School, Newcastle University (2009 - 

CRE Project Manager (07/2009 – 03/2012) for two ESRC-funded Case Studentship

 CRE Research Newsletter Editor, Newcastle University (2009 - 2014)

 CRE Coordinator of the Neo-endogenous Rural Development Reading Group (2010 - 2013) 

 CRE Representative of the Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network (2009 - 2013) 

 CRE Discussion Papers Editor(2007-2010)


Postgraduate Supervision

Since 2007, over twenty 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.

Current PhD Supervison (to be added)

Past PhD Supervison - completed successfuly  

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

 Member Executive Board, UK Agricultural Econmics Society (AES) (2014 -)

Member Steering Group, EuroChoices (2014 -)  

CRE Representative, Steering Group, The North East Farming and Rural Advisory Network (06/2013 – )

CRE Representative, Steering Group, The North East Rural Growth Network (06/2013 - )


Member of the Editorial Board, ‘Studies of Agricultural Economics’ edited by the Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Budapest, Hungary (2013 -)

Scientific Editor,  ‘The Romanian Journal of Food Science’ (2012 – )




Postgraduate Teaching

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

Invited lecturer  (11-15 November 2013), CIHEAM - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ), Spain, teaching the ‘Agricultural Policy’ module as part of the MSc Programme on ‘Agro-food Marketing’.