Our interdisciplinary research focuses on building a sustainable rural economy.
The Centre for Rural Economy is a Research Centre at Newcastle University that specialises in interdisciplinary social science and applied policy research oriented towards the achievement of sustainable development in rural areas.
Drawing on a team of over 50 social scientists from diverse academic backgrounds (e.g. economists, geographers, sociologists, food
marketers, political scientists and psychologists), it is one of the most significant groupings of rural social scientists in Europe. In 2013 the excellence of its research and teaching was recognised by the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
Over the last 25 years CRE staff have been involved in many national and international research projects covering a wide range of topics including rural employment, rural policy, farmer and consumer behaviour, rural tourism, environmental management, and rural communities and organisations.