Centre for Rural Economy

Staff Profile

Emeritus Professor David Harvey

Professor Emeritus


•  Email: david.harvey@ncl.ac.uk •  Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 6720 •  Personal Website: http://www.staff.ncl.ac.uk/david.harvey/ Address: CRE, School of Agriculture,Food and Rural Development
Agriculture Building
University of Newcastle 
Newcastle upon Tyne

David Harvey is Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics. He has a BSc (Agriculture with Agricultural Economics), Newcastle (1969), and an MA (1971) and PhD (1974) in Agricultural Economics from Manchester.  Between 1974 and 1979 he was a research economist with the Canadian Department of Agriculture in Ottawa. He returned to Newcastle as a lecturer in 1979, where he was complicit in a major effort to establish the costs and benefits of the CAP, modelling the economic flows between member states and their farmers and citizens with Profs. Alan Buckwell and Ken Thomson.  This work culminated in the production of The Costs and Benefits of the Common Agricultural Policy, Croom Helm, 1982. He moved to a Professorship at Reading University in 1985, where he was involved with the ‘Land Use Allocation Model (LUAM) and also with providing economic contextual analysis to the AFRC (as was then).  

He returned to Newcastle for a third time in 1987 to take up the Chair of Agricultural Economics, and was involved with, inter alia, the NERC/ESRC Land Use Programme (NELUP), the ESRC’s Countryside Change Programme, the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme, and the Centre for Rural Economy.  With Prof. Chris Ritson, he edited two editions of The Common Agricultural Policy and the World Economy (CABI, 1991 and 1997).

He was President of the Agricultural Economics Society in 2004/5, is a Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, and continues as the Editor of the Journal of Agricultural Economics (since 2005). He received an award for excellence from the Agricultural Economics Society in 2012, for ‘outstanding contribution to public policy, industry and the profession’.  His research interests focus on policy analysis and policy processes; the European Common Agricultural Policy; international trade policy; rural and environmental policies.  He currently worries a lot about the conceptual frameworks necessary to do genuinely interdisciplinary research and to provide sensible and practical policy advice and assessment, though is now (October 2013) retired from teaching and administrative duties.


Editor - Journal of Agricultural Economics

Continuing Research Interest: Conceptual synthesising frameworks for Social Science - how does the social world work, and how might we improve its culture?

'Recent' publications:

“What does the history of the Common Agricultural Policy tell us?” Chapter 1, (3-40), Joseph McMahon & Michael Cardwell (Eds.), Research Handbook on EU Agricultural Law, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, 2015

“Reconsidering the Economics of Animal Welfare: An anatomy of market failure”, with Carmen Hubbard, Food Policy, 38, 2013, 105-114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodpol.2012.11.006.

“The Supply chain’s role in improving animal welfare”, (with Carmen Hubbard), Animals 2013, 3, 745-763; doi:10.3390/ani3030745

“The European Market for Animal-Friendly Products in a Societal Context.” (with Ingenbleek PTM, Ilieski V, Immink VM, de Roest K, Schmid O.)  Animals 2013, 3(3), 808-829.

"Analysis of Rural Development Policy Networks in Greece: Is LEADER really different?", (with E.Papadopolu and N. Hasanagas), Land Use Policy, 28, 2011, 663-73 Description: cleardoi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2010.11.005)

A Conjecture on the Nature of Social Systems”, 21st Century Society, 3 (1), 2008, 87–108, Feb.

“How does Economics Fit the Social World?”, J. Agric. Econ. (Presidential Address), 55, 2, 2004, 313 – 338

“Policy Dependency and Reform”, Agricultural Economics, 31, 2004, 265 – 275

“Agri-environmental relationships and multi-functionality”, The World Economy, 26 (5), 2003, 705 – 725


Retired from Teaching in 2013.