School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Staff Profile

Dr Carmen Hubbard



Roles and Responsibilities

CRE Research Manager (08/2009-03/2015)


PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Aberdeen

Awarded Fellowships/Scholarships

  • Research Fellowship, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan (2014)
  • EU Phare - ACE PhD scholarship, 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)
  • Summer School Scholarship  on "Convergence in Europe and the Process of Enlargement and Association Programme, Nice,", awarded by the European Commission (2002)
  • Summer School Scholarship  on  'Competitiveness and EU Enlargement', the European University Institute Florence, awarded by the European Commission (2001)
  • Summer School Scholarship  on 'Statistics for Social Science' awarded by the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • Awarded three months scholarship for a course in 'Macroeconomics', 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, French, Spanish (basic)

Esteem Indicators

Appointed Member, Farm Animal Welfare Committee (2015-2017) 

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

Member Steering Group, EuroChoices (2014 -)  

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

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

Associate Editor, Journal of Agricultural Economics, UK (2014 -)

Member, Editorial Board, ‘Studies of Agricultural Economics’, (2013 -)

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


Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)
Member of the Agricultural Economics Society (AES) 

Member of the Animal Welfare Research Network (funded by BBSRC)


Research Interests

The economics and political economy of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP); Agriculture and Rural Development
Farm Animal Welfare
Applied Welfare Economics

Comparative country analysis

Other Expertise

Consumer behaviour regarding organic and functional foods
Innovation and rural businesses

The role of knowledge institutions  

Current Research Projects

Feed-a-gene (2015-2020)

Strength2Food (2015-2021)

Adding Value to the Vietnamese Agri-food sector (2015-2017)

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)  


Completed Research Projects 

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);

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)             

Unlocking Rural Innovation in the North East of England: The Role of Knowledge Institutions. This investigated how Newcastle University engages with rural businesses, and how this engagement may be improved to release innovative potential in rural firms. Funder: The Strategic Development Fund for Research and Innovation, Newcastle University (Principal Investigator)

EconWelfare (‘Good animal welfare in a socio-economic context: project to promote insights on the impact for the animal, the production chain and society of upgrading animal welfare standards’)  (2009-2011); Funder: European Commission FP7 (Team member)

Rural Businesses, Innovation and Newcastle Science City, (2009 – 2010); Funder: Newcastle University (Team member)  

 Scarled (Structural Change in Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods) (2006 and 2009) Funder: European Commission FP6 (Co-Investigator)

Welfare Quality (‘Integration of animal welfare in the food quality chain: from public concern to improved welfare and transparent quality’) (2004-2009); Funder: European Commission FP6 (team-member)

EDORA (European Development Opportunities in Rural Areas)  (2008 – 2010), Funder: ESPON DG Regio (Team member)

TIPTAP (Territorial Impact Package for Transport and Agricultural Policies) (2008-2009); Funder: European Commission FP7 (Team member)

Research Roles

Member, School Research Committee (2013 – 2014)

Research Manager Centre for Rural Economy (2009 - 2014)

School Research Newsletter Editor, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development (2012 - 2014)  

School Seminar Series Organiser, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development (2012 – 2015 )

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 - 2014)

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), Two ESRC-funded Case Studentships

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, some 25 MSc students completed successfully their dissertation under my supervision. In 2008, one of my MSc students was awarded for the 'Best Dissertation' in MSc in International Marketing. 

Current PhD Supervision 

Essien Antia-Obong (2014 - )

Moses Chukwu (2014 -)

Yong Jung (2013 - 2016)


Past PhD Supervision

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)



EUFP6, FP7 and ESPON; HEIF4, Horizon 2020




Undergraduate Teaching

Module Leader:

ACE1006 'Economics for Business" (2015 - )

ACE3099 ‘Agribusiness Management Dissertation, BSc Degree Programme in Agribusiness Management (2014 -)

Contributing  teaching to:

 ‘Qualitative Techniques’ module (2011 – 2013), BSc in  Rural Social Science Research

 ‘Sustainable Development” module, BSc Joint Honour ‘Economics and Mathematics’

Postgraduate Teaching

Contributing teaching to ACE8100 'Food Security: Societal, Policy and Regulatory Changes'  (2015 - )

Contributing teaching to ACE8111 'Research methods for Food Policy'  (2015 - )

Module Leader (2012-2015)

'People in the System’, Royal Veterinary College (within the BBSRC Advanced Training Partnership)  

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

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

Contributing teaching to  ‘Dissertation Planning’ module (2010-2013), for MSc in Advanced Food Marketing