Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Barbara Tocco

Research Associate

Background

Introduction

I joined the Newcastle University Business School in February 2015 to work on the EU FP7 COMPETE project with Prof Matthew Gorton.

Trained as an economist, I have developed a wide range of interests within microeconomic analysis, which encompass agricultural and rural labour markets, agri-food supply chains, rural development, policy analysis. 

Current Project

Strength2Food - Strengthening European Food Chain Sustainability by Quality and Procurement Policy; Horizon 2020. Project Coordinator: Prof Matthew Gorton 

Strength2Food is a five-year, €6.9 million project to undertake research and demonstration activities and provide evidence-based recommendations to improve the effectiveness of EU agricultural products quality policy and Public Sector Food Procurement and to stimulate Short Food Supply Chains. Our 30-partner consortium represents 11 EU and 4 non-EU countries and combines leading academic, communication, SME and stakeholder organisations to ensure a multi-actor approach.

http://www.strength2food.eu/

Qualifications

PhD in Economics, University of Kent, 2016. Thesis on “Agricultural Employment and Inter-Sectoral Labour Mobility in Selected EU Member States ”; Advisors: Prof Sophia Davidova, Dr Alastair Bailey. 

MSc in International Finance and Economic Development, University of Kent, 2010.

BA Economics and Politics, University of Kent, 2009.

Awards

European Commission FP7 Research Project ‘Factor Markets’ - PhD scholarship at the University of Kent, awarded by the European Commission, 2010-2013

Languages

Italian (Mother tongue), English (Fluent), French (Basic), German (Basic)

Memberships

Member of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE)

Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)

Member of the Agricultural Economics Society (AES)

Research

Research Interests

My research interests relate to agricultural and food economics, labour economics, development economics and behavioural economics. 

My RePEc page is https://ideas.repec.org/f/pto283.html

Current Project

Strength2Food - Strengthening European Food Chain Sustainability by Quality and Procurement Policy; Horizon 2020 (http://www.strength2food.eu/)

Completed Research Projects

COMPETE - International comparisons of product supply chains in the agro-food sectors: determinants of their competitiveness and performance on EU and international markets; EU FP7  (http://www.compete-project.eu/)

FACTOR MARKETS - Comparative analysis of factor markets for agriculture across the Member States; EU FP7 (http://www.factormarkets.eu/)

Student Supervision

Supervisor to undergraduate dissertations at the Newcastle University Business School (MKT3096: Contemporary Marketing Dissertation)


Working Papers

Tocco, B., Hubbard, C., and Gorton, M. 2015 “Competitiveness of the EU Agri-Food Sector: a Synthesis of Findings from the COMPETE Project”, Compete Working Papers, No. 16.

Tocco, B., Davidova, S., and Bailey, A. 2013 “The Impact of CAP Payments on the Exodus of Labour from Agriculture in Selected EU Member States”, Factor Markets Working Papers, No. 66, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.

Tocco, B., Bailey, A. and Davidova, S. 2013 “Determinants to Leave Agriculture and Change Occupational Sector: Evidence from an Enlarged EU”, Factor Markets Working Papers, No. 46, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.

Tocco, B., Bailey, A. and Davidova, S. 2013 “The Reallocation of Agricultural Labour across Sectors: An Empirical Strategy for Micro Data”, Factor Markets Working Papers, No. 45, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.

Tocco, B., Bailey, A. and Davidova, S. 2013 “The Theoretical Framework and Methodology to Estimate the Farm Labour and Other Factor-Derived Demand and Output Supply Systems”, Factor Markets Working Papers, No. 44, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.

Tocco, B., Davidova, S., and Bailey, A. 2012 “Commonalities and Differences in Labour Market Developments and Constraints in Different EU Regions”, Factor Markets Working Papers, No. 22, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.

Tocco, B., Davidova, S., and Bailey, A. 2012 “Supply and Demand Side Limitations Affecting the Structure of Agriculture and the Rural Economy”, Factor Markets Working Papers, No. 21, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.

Tocco, B., Davidova, S., and Bailey, A. 2012 “Key Issues in Agricultural Labour Markets: A Review of Major Studies and Project Reports on Agriculture and Rural Labour Markets”, Factor Markets Working Papers, No. 20, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.

Teaching

Previous experience

EC311 - The European Economy in the Twentieth Century, teaching assistant for Dr. Alex Klein, School of Economics, University of Kent (2011-2014)

Publications