Dr Jeremy Robert Franks
Senior Lecturer

  • Email: j.r.franks@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7428
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 7811
  • Address: Room 4.16
    Agriculture Building
    University of Newcastle
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU


I teach farm business management modules and agricultural economics.

 I have a wide range of research interests, but am  currently studying aspects of agri-environment policy and the management on large farms in Russia.


I have a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Reading. After several years working on farms, I returned to Reading University to trained as an agricultural economics.  I then studied for my PhD at Manchester University, where I completed my PhD into predicting financial stress in farm businesses 9j 1995.  I worked at Manchester University for four years as a Research Associate before moving to Newcastle University to work as a lecturer in farm business management.

Roles and Responsibilities

I am Chair of the Board of Examiners for Masters students.

Module Leader in Introduction to Farm Management, Farm Management and Climate Change and Land Use.


Phd (Manchester), MSc Agricultural economics (Reading), Diploma Agricultural Economics (Reading), BSc Agriculture (Reading)

Previous Positions

Research Assistantat the University of Manchester (1995-1999)


Member of the Institute of Agricultural Management.

Informal Interests

Reading, walking, cycling, and surfing.

Research Interests

Farm business and enterprise financial analysis.

Agriculture-environmental policy.

Farm structure, and business form, particularly in relation to co-operative working.
The analysis of milk production: the economics of producing and marketing of milk in the UK.
Estimating relative enterprise efficiency (applied to milk production).
Analysis of farmers' attitudes towards the use of new technologies.
Farming in Russia: business and marketing structures post-reform

Other Expertise

Conducting large-scale postal surveys.
Conducting small-scale, face-to-face on-farm interviews.
Analysing survey data: analytical methodologies include cross section and time series analysis.

Current Work

I have recently completed research into:
Dutch Environmental Co-operatives;
Win-win solutions and the Voluntary Approach to regulation;
Farming reform in Russia: survey data from Novosibirsk Oblast.

Future Research

Agri-environmental policy.
Farm business structure.
The development of Russian farming systems.
The development of food chains in Russia.

Research Roles

Currently writing-up papers from the Dutch Environmental Co-operative research.

Esteem Indicators

2004 - .. Editor Journal of Farm Management.
2002 Invited to present The Middleton Public Lecture.
2003 Invited to present a paper at the annual Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF).
2003 Invited to present a paper at the Irish National Dairy Conference in Kilkenny Ireland.
         Member of the panel of "international experts" to reflect upon the papers presented at the 14th          International Farm Management Congress in Perth, Australia.
2006 Invited to present a plenary paper to the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists, Oslo.

2011 - present Associate Editor Journal of Agricultural Economics. 


The Farmers Fund.
Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU/ESRC).
Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
Water UK.

European Union. 

Industrial Relevance

Much of my work is applied and so has substantial relevance to the agricultural industry. For example, I have worked on an analysis of the economics of milk quota and on estimating structural change in UK milk producers. The work on sexed semen use in suckler cow herds was based on a survey of suckler beef farmers. My current research is focuses on innovative methods of delivering an improved agricultural environment.



Undergraduate Teaching

ACE2020   Introduction to Farm Management (ML)
ACE3036   Farm Management (ML)
ACE3024   Farm Business Planning and Control
ACE2010   Agricultural Marketing

ACE3067   Climate Change and Land Use (ML)
ACE2006   Agricultural Economics (ML)

ACE3098   Agriculture Dissertations

Postgraduate Teaching

ACE8049 Climate Change: Science, Policy and Action (ML)