School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Agriculture Research

Agriculture Research

Harnessing natural and social sciences for agriculture, food security and rural development.

There is increasing concern about food security and the sustainability of current agricultural production among UK and EU policy makers, consumers and civil society.

This is driven by the predicted increase of the global population together with pressure on non-renewable or scarce resources (energy, minerals and water) and the need to increase food production while minimising negative impacts on the environment.

We aim to find solutions through strategic and adaptive research into sustainable agriculture, food systems and rural development.

You can also find out about NU-Farms and our research facilities.

Research work for sustainable agriculture.

Research themes

  • safe, ethical and nutritious food
  • resource efficient and resilient production systems
  • sustainable landscapes and production systems
  • vibrant rural communities and enterprises

Much of our work is funded by the UK Research Councils (ESRC, NERC, BBSRC), EU, Defra, charities and industry. 

Research is often carried out within interdisciplinary teams involving soil, plant, animal and food sciences, as well as social sciences from a range of disciplines. Including: 

  • consumer science
  • economics
  • political science
  • sociology
  • human geography

The School hosts the Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) and has close links with the cross-faculty Human Nutrition Research Centre.

Our research falls within the scope of three of Newcastle University’s societal challenge themes, sustainabilityageing and social renewal.