Centre for Rural Economy

About Us

About Us

Our interdisciplinary research focuses on building a sustainable rural economy.

The Centre for Rural Economy is a research centre at Newcastle University. It specialises in interdisciplinary social science and applied policy research. We work towards the achievement of sustainable development in rural areas.

Vast array of expertise

We boast one of the most significant groupings of rural social scientists in Europe. We draw knowledge from a team of more than 50 varied specialists, including:

  • economists
  • geographers
  • sociologists
  • food marketers
  • political scientists
  • psychologists


In 2013, we won the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. It recognises the excellence of our research and teaching.

Rich history

During the past 25 years, we have worked on many national and international projects. They cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • rural employment
  • rural policy
  • farmer and consumer behaviour
  • rural tourism
  • environmental management
  • rural communities and organisations

Our mission

Our mission is to make rural lives better through research and sharing of knowledge. In pursuit of this aim, we: