School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

Staff Profile

Dr Jeremy Robert Franks

Senior Lecturer



I lecture in farm business management, agricultural economics and climate change.  


My wide range of research interests include all aspects of farm management and agri-environment policy.  



BSc (Agriculture) from University of Reading

Diploma Agricultural Economics University of Reading

MSc Agricultural Economics University of Reading

PhD Manchester University

Research Associate Manchester University

Lecture in Farm Business Management Newcastle University


 Roles and Responsibilities

Chair of the Board of Examiners for Post Graduate Taught students

Module Leader for: 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 Associate, University of Manchester


Member of the Institute of Agricultural Management.

Informal Interests

Reading, walking, cycling, dancing and body surfing


Research Interests

Farm business and enterprise financial analysis, including

     Whole farm analysis

     Analysis of the economics of raw milk production and the marketing of milk

Agri-environmental policy, especially impact of climate change legislation on farm management priorities

Russian farming systems


Other Expertise

Large-scale postal and on-line surveys
Small-scale, face-to-face on-farm interviews
Analysing survey data:

  •     cross section
  •     time series analysis

Current Work

Farmers response to collaborative management options

Farming systems in Russia


Future Research

I intend to continue working on agri-environmental policy, especially the impact of climate change on farm management decisions

Research Roles

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

Esteem Indicators

  • 2004/6  Editor Journal of Farm Management
  • 2002 Plenary paper: The Middleton Public Lecture
  • 2003 Plenary paper: Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF)
  • 2003 Plenary paper: the Irish National Dairy Conference in Kilkenny Ireland
  • 2006 Plenary paper: the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists, Oslo
  • 2011 - present Associate Editor Journal of Agricultural Economics


I have received funding from:

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

Industrial Relevance

My work is applied so it has substantial relevance to the agricultural industry.

For example:

  • The analysis of the economics of milk quota
  • Structural change in UK milk producers
  • Potential uptake of sexed semen in suckler cow herds
  • Farmer's attitudes towards collaborative environmental management options




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)