School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Staff Profile

Professor Jeremy Phillipson

Prof of Rural Development


Jeremy Phillipson is Reader in Rural Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange and Director of Research in the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University.  He has research interests on the development needs of rural economies and fishing communities, processes of expertise exchange within rural land management, and on the integration of social and natural sciences in resource management. Jeremy is coordinator of Landbridge, an ESRC funded knowledge exchange network for rural professionals (

External roles

  • 2012-2016: Adviser to UK Government, Defra-DECC Social Science Expert Panel.
  • 2012-2015: Member of Scottish Government's Strategic Research (RESAS) Programme Board.
  • 2015-2016: Research Councils’ Climate Change Impacts Report Card for Agriculture & Forestry Working Group.
  • 2011-2012: Adviser to UK Government, Defra High Level Expert Panel on the Rural Economy.
  • 2011- Member of European Commission FARNET Advisory Group, advising Axis 4 of European Fisheries Fund.
  • 2012-2015: Land Use Fellow of the Living with Environmental Change Partnership (ESRC, NERC, BBSRC and Natural England).
  • 2013-2015: Member of NERC Living with Environmental Change Ecosystems Task Force.
  • 2003-2013: Assistant Director of Research Councils' Rural Economy and Land Use Programme

Assessor and reviewer roles:

  • ESRC Peer Review College since 2010
  • 2016: Panel member, BBSRC et al. Resilience of the UK Food System Programme
  • 2015:  Panel member, ESRC/BBSRC/NERC Tree Health Initiative Phase III
  • 2015: Specialist Reviewer, Scottish Government’s £53 million Rural and Environment Research programme
  • 2013-14: Panel member, ESRC Transformative Research Call
  • 2013:  Deputy Chair of Panel, ESRC/BBSRC/NERC Tree Health Initiative Phase II
  • 2012-2015: Evaluation panel member, EPSRC £54 million Sustainable Urban Environment and Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change Programmes
  • 2010: Specialist Reviewer, Scottish Gov’t Rural and Environment Research programme
  • 2009: Panel member, ESRC/SFC/LARCI Engaging with Local Authorities programme
  • 2008: Panel member, Scottish Funding Council Knowledge exchange on public policy in Scotland programme

Latest Publications:

Phillipson J, Proctor A, Emery S, Lowe P. Performing Inter-Professional Expertise in Rural Advisory Networks. Land Use Policy 2016. In Press.

Journal Special Issue of Sociologia Ruralis: Resilience and adaptation in fishing communities (eds J Phillipson, D Symes and P Salmi) (2015)



Jeremy Phillipson is Reader in Rural Enterprise and Knowledge Exchange.  He has research interests on interdisciplinary research practices, processes of expertise exchange within rural land management, and the development of rural and marine economies.  Jeremy is coordinator of Landbridge, an ESRC funded knowledge exchange network for rural professionals (

Selected Research Grants:

  • 2016-2020 Strengthening European Food Chain Sustainability by Quality and Procurement Policy, European Commission
  • 2016-2018 Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Energy, Environment and Food Nexus, ESRC et al
  • 2015-2017 Opportunities and risks for farming and environment at landscape scales, Defra
  • 2015-2016 Towards Agri-System Thinking: An Integrated Approach to Problems of Modern Livestock Production, Wellcome Trust
  • 2015 Rural Enterprise UK, Higher Education Innovation Fund
  • 2012-2015 Land Use Fellowship - Living with Environmental Change, NERC
  • 2013-2016 Policy and Practice for Environmental Change, ESRC
  • 2012-2014 Inter-professional Learning Network for the Land-Based Professions, ESRC
  • 2008-2011 Science in the Field, ESRC     
  • 2003-2013 Relu Programme Director's Office, ESRC, BBSRC, NERC, Defra, Scottish Gov’t
  • 2001-2003 Learning from the Foot and Mouth Disease, ESRC
  • 2005-2007 Northern Rural Network, Northern Rock
  • 2001 Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease in North East England, One North Eas
  • 1996-1999 European Social Science Fisheries Network, European Commission
  • 1993-1995 Devolved and Regional Management Systems in Fisheries, European Commission

 Areas of expertise where I would welcome PhD applications and enquiries:

  • Rural business development
  • Knowledge exchange in rural development
  • Rural expertise
  • Rural resilience and adaptation
  • Farm advice and the land management professions
  • Veterinary social science
  • Marine fisheries management and policy
  • Local development in fishing communities
  • Common Fisheries Policy

Current and former PhD students:

  • Katie Aitken, Rural social enterprise, ESRC Studentship (Current)

  • Ian Merrell, Rural business knowledge exchange, ESRC Studentship (Current)

  • Vajira Balasuriya, Female entrepreneurship, micro-finance and rural development in a post conflict developing nation (Current)

  • Natalie Ross, Exploring the social objectives and impacts of UK fisheries policy, Scottish Government / ESRC Collaborative Studentship (Completed)

  • Bob Newbery, Small business networks and regeneration of market towns, ESRC/One North East Regional Development Agency Case Studentship (Completed)

  • Gary Bosworth, In-migrant businesses and their networks in rural development, ESRC Studentship (Completed)

  • Ruth Williams, Fisher households and industry restructuring, ESRC Studentship (Completed)