Centre for Rural Economy
School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
+44 (0)191 222 6887 (direct dial)
Philip Lowe has been a leading figure in the development of interdisciplinary rural studies in the UK. 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. 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
For his contribution to the rural economy he was appointed OBE in 2003.
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.
Directing the £25 million programme funded by ESRC, BBSRC and NERC, with additional funding from Defra and SEERAD.
Selected Recent Publications
Wilkinson, K, Lowe, P, Donaldson, A (2010) ‘Beyond Policy Networks: Policy Framing and the Politics of Expertise in the 2001 Foot and Mouth Disease Crisis’ Public Administration, 88(2), 331-345
Lowe, P. (2009) Unlocking Potential: A Report on Veterinary Expertise in Food Animal Production (2009) London: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Lowe, P., Woods, A., Liddon, A. and Phillipson, J. (2009) 'Strategic land use for ecosystem services' in Winter, M. and Lobley, M. (eds) What is Land for: the Food, Fuel and Climate
Lowe, P, Phillipson, J and Lee, R (2008) Socio-Technical Innovation for Sustainable Food Chains: Roles for Social Science Trends in Food Science and Technology, 19(5), 226-233
Lowe, P and Ward N (2007) Sustainable rural economies: Some lessons from the English experience, Sustainable Development 15, 307-17
Ward, N and Lowe, P (2007) Blairite modernisation and countryside policy, The Political Quarterly 78 (3), 412-21
Lowe, P and Phillipson, J (2006) Reflexive Interdisciplinary Research: The Making of a Research Programme on the Rural Economy and Land Use Journal of Agricultural Economics 57 (2), 165-184
Lowe, P and Speakman, L (eds) (2006) The Ageing Countryside: The Growing Older Population of Rural England, London: Age Concern
Murdoch J, Lowe P, Ward N and Marsden T (2003) The Differentiated Countryside, London: Routledge.
Lowe P and Ward S (eds) (1998) British Environmental Policy and Europe: Politics and Policy in Transition, London: Routledge.
Lowe P, Clark J, Seymour S and Ward N (1997) Moralising the Environment: Countryside Change, Farming and Pollution, London: Routledge.
Lowe P and Goyder J (1983) Environmental Groups in Politics, London: George Allen & Unwin.
Selected official reports contributed to:
Code of Practice for Science Advisory Committees (2007) London: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Science Advisory Council
Social Research in Defra (2007) London: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Science Advisory Council
End to end Review of Science into Policy (2006) London: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Science Advisory Council
Science Underpinning Defra's Avian Influenza Contingency Plan (2006) London: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Science Advisory Council
Governance of Science Advisory Bodies (2005) London: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Science Advisory Council
Review of the Foot and Mouth Disease Contingency Plan (2004) London: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Science Advisory Council
Europe's Rural Futures: the Nature of Rural Development II (2002) World Wide Fund for Nature. Brussels: WWF.
The Nature of Rural Development: Towards an Integrated Sustainable Rural Policy in Europe (2001) World Wild Fund for Nature . Brussels: WWF.
The New Countryside Agency (1999) House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee. London: HMSO.
The Environmental Impact of Agriculture in Europe (1998) Luxembourg: European Court of Auditors.