Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Barbara Tocco

Research Associate



I joined the Newcastle University Business School in February 2015.

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 (Researcher & Project Manager) - Strengthening European Food Chain Sustainability by Quality and Procurement Policy; EU Horizon 2020. Project Coordinator: Prof Matthew Gorton, Newcastle University. 

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.

Project updates and up-to-date info at: 

Social Media & Engagement via Twitter - FB page

** Watch our Demo Video showcasing some of the Local Pilot Action initiatives aimed at "Stimulating a short fish supply chain in North-East England", in partnership with Food Nation & Newcastle University:  


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.


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


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


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 Groups at Newcastle University

IEDB - Innovation, Enterprise and Digital Business 

KITE - Centre for Knowledge, Innovation, Technology and Enterprise 

CRE - Centre for Rural Economy 

Research Profiles

Google Scholar

ORCID Profile



Research Interests

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

Current Project

Strength2Food - Strengthening European Food Chain Sustainability by Quality and Procurement Policy; Horizon 2020 (

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  (

FACTOR MARKETS - Comparative analysis of factor markets for agriculture across the Member States; EU FP7 (

Current PhD Students:

Richard Freeman, Achieving sustainable territorial development through the creation of short supply chains in the fisheries sector, ESRC NINE DTP, with Prof J. Phillipson and Prof M. Gorton (since October 2018)


Previous experience

Teaching Assistant, School of Economics, University of Kent, 2011-2014 (EC311:The European Economy in the Twentieth Century)

Student Supervision

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