PROFESSOR PHILIP LOWE OBE AcSS
Philip Lowe is Director of the Rural Economy and Land Use (Relu) Programme of the UK Research Councils. In 1992, he founded the Centre for Rural Economy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where he holds the Duke of Northumberland Chair of Rural Economy. He has played an active role in rural policy development at the national and European levels and in the North of England. For his contribution to the rural economy he was appointed OBE in 2003. Between 2007-9 he was Chair of Defra’s Vets and Veterinary Services Working Group.
Philip Lowe is a specialist in the rural economy. His research
interests include the sociology of rural development, environmental
policy analysis and land use planning. He plays a prominent role in
rural policy development.
Following a long term interest in a wide range of rural and environmental issues, Philip's research is returning to its original focus on science policy in recognition that the way knowledge and research are organised is crucial to the pursuit of sustainable development. He has held visiting fellowships in Universities and institutes across Europe and America.
He has played an active role in rural policy development at the national and European levels and in the North of England. He has served as a Board member of the Countryside Agency, a member of the Minister of Agriculture's Advisory Group and Chair of the Market Towns Advisory Forum. Currently he is a member of the Science Advisory Council of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), a member of Natural England's Science Advisory Committee and Chair of Defra's Vets and Veterinary Services Working Group.
-Appointed OBE in 2003
-Member, Defra Science Advisory Council
-Former Board Member, Countryside Agency
-Director of the inter-research council Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU), the largest fully interdisciplinary research initiative ever conducted by the UK Research Councils
-Founder of the Centre for Rural Economy
-Chairman of Defra's Veterinary and Veterinary Services Working Group