After graduating with a BSc in Agriculture, I retrained as an agricultural economist at the Universities of Reading and Manchester. I now teach on core farm business management modules and contribute to marketing. My principal UK research interests are environmental policy and all aspects of the economics of milk production. My principal non-UK research interests are the economics of transition and the reform of the farming sector 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.
I am Chair of the Board of Examiners for Masters students.
Phd (Manchester), MSc Agricultural economics (Reading), Diploma Agricultural Economics (Reading), BSc Agriculture (Reading)
Research Assistantat the University of Manchester (1995-1999)
Member of the Institute of Agricultural Management.
Reading, walking, ornithology, and surfing. I also enjoy watching cricket and rugby.
Farm business and enterprise financial analysis.
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
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.
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.
Farm business structure.
The development of Russian farming systems.
The development of food chains in Russia.
Currently writing-up papers from the Dutch Environmental Co-operative research.
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.
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.
ACE2020 Introduction to Farm Management
ACE3036 Farm Management
ACE3024 Farm Business Planning and Control
ACE2010 Agricultural Marketing
ACE3067 Climate Change and Land Use
ace2006 Agricultural Economics
ACE3098 Agriculture Dissertations
ACE8049 Climate Change: Science, Policy and Action