Centre for Rural Economy

Staff Profile

Professor Jeremy Phillipson

Prof of Rural Development


Jeremy Phillipson is Professor of Rural Development at the Centre for Rural Economy in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences at Newcastle University. He has research interests on the development needs of rural economies and fishing communities, processes of expertise exchange within rural land management, and on the integration of social and natural sciences in resource management. Jeremy is Director of the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (funded by Research England - https://www.ncl.ac.uk/cre/nationalinnovationcentreforruralenterprise/). Previous roles have included Assistant Director of the UK Research Council's Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (Relu - http://www.relu.ac.uk/) and Network Manager of the European Social Science Fisheries Network (ESSFiN).

External roles

  • 2019-2022: Adviser to Scottish Government, Rural Economy Action Group (https://www.gov.scot/groups/rural-economy-action-group/)
  • 2018-2023: Adviser to UK Government, Defra Rural Academic Panel.
  • 2016-2023: Adviser to UK Government, Defra Social Science Expert Panel (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/science-advisory-council/about/our-governance) 
  • 2018-2021: Member of Northern Uplands Leader Local Action Group.
  • 2012-2016: Adviser to UK Government, Defra-DECC Social Science Expert Panel.
  • 2012-2015: Member of Scottish Government's Strategic Research (RESAS) Programme Board.
  • 2015-2016: Research Councils’ Climate Change Impacts Report Card for Agriculture & Forestry Working Group.
  • 2011-2012: Adviser to UK Government, Defra High Level Expert Panel on the Rural Economy.
  • 2011- Member of European Commission FARNET Advisory Group, advising Axis 4 of European Fisheries Fund.
  • 2012-2015: Land Use Fellow of the Living with Environmental Change Partnership (ESRC, NERC, BBSRC and Natural England).
  • 2013-2015: Member of NERC Living with Environmental Change Ecosystems Task Force.
  • 2003-2013: Assistant Director of Research Councils' Rural Economy and Land Use Programme

Assessor and reviewer roles:

  • ESRC Peer Review College since 2010
  • 2021: Panel Co-Chair, BBSRC,ESRC, NERC et al. Transforming the UK Food System Programme
  • 2021: Panel member, NERC, ESRC Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources Programme
  • 2016-2017: Panel member, BBSRC et al. Resilience of the UK Food System Programme
  • 2015: Panel member, ESRC/BBSRC/NERC Tree Health Initiative Phase III
  • 2015: Specialist Reviewer, Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Research programme
  • 2013-2014: Panel member, ESRC Transformative Research Call
  • 2013: Deputy Chair of Panel, ESRC/BBSRC/NERC Tree Health Initiative Phase II
  • 2012-2015: Evaluation panel member, EPSRC Sustainable Urban Environment and Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change Programmes
  • 2010-2018: Specialist Reviewer, Scottish Gov’t Rural and Environment Research programme
  • 2009: Panel member, ESRC/SFC/LARCI Engaging with Local Authorities programme
  • 2008: Panel member, Scottish Funding Council Knowledge exchange on public policy in Scotland programme



Jeremy Phillipson has research interests on the development needs of rural economies and fishing communities, processes of expertise exchange within rural land management, and on the integration of social and natural sciences in resource management. He is Director of the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise, funded by Research England - https://www.ncl.ac.uk/nicre/

Selected Research Grants:

  • 2020-2023 National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise, Research England
  • 2016-2021 Strengthening European Food Chain Sustainability by Quality and Procurement Policy, European Commission
  • 2016-2022 Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Energy, Environment and Food Nexus, ESRC et al
  • 2016-2022 Regional policies for innovation driven competitiveness and growth of rural SMEs, EU Interreg
  • 2016 Urban-rural analysis of the Longitudinal Small Business Survey, BEIS/Enterprise Research Centre
  • 2015-2017 Opportunities and risks for farming and environment at landscape scales, Defra
  • 2015-2016 Towards Agri-System Thinking: An Integrated Approach to Problems of Modern Livestock Production, Wellcome Trust
  • 2015 Rural Enterprise UK, Higher Education Innovation Fund
  • 2012-2015 Land Use Fellowship - Living with Environmental Change, NERC
  • 2013-2016 Policy and Practice for Environmental Change, ESRC
  • 2012-2014 Inter-professional Learning Network for the Land-Based Professions, ESRC
  • 2008-2011 Science in the Field, ESRC     
  • 2003-2013 Relu Programme Director's Office, ESRC, BBSRC, NERC, Defra, Scottish Gov’t
  • 2001-2003 Learning from the Foot and Mouth Disease, ESRC
  • 2005-2007 Northern Rural Network, Northern Rock
  • 2001 Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease in North East England, One North Eas
  • 1996-1999 European Social Science Fisheries Network, European Commission
  • 1993-1995 Devolved and Regional Management Systems in Fisheries, European Commission

 Areas of expertise where I would welcome PhD applications and enquiries:

  • Rural business development
  • Knowledge exchange in UK and European rural development
  • Rural expertise
  • Rural resilience and adaptation
  • Farm advice and the land management professions in a European context
  • Veterinary social science
  • Marine fisheries management and policy
  • Local development in fishing communities
  • Common Fisheries Policy

Current and former PhD students:

  • Rosie Katrin Neumann, Science communication and peatlands (Completed)
  • Katie Aitken, Rural social enterprise, ESRC Studentship (Current)
  • Ian Merrell, Rural business knowledge exchange, ESRC Studentship (Completed)
  • Vajira Balasuriya, Female entrepreneurship, micro-finance and rural development in a post conflict developing nation (Current)
  • Natalie Ross, Exploring the social objectives and impacts of UK fisheries policy, Scottish Government / ESRC Collaborative Studentship (Completed)
  • Bob Newbery, Small business networks and regeneration of market towns, ESRC/One North East Regional Development Agency Case Studentship (Completed)
  • Gary Bosworth, In-migrant businesses and their networks in rural development, ESRC Studentship (Completed)
  • Ruth Williams, Fisher households and industry restructuring, ESRC Studentship (Completed)


Citations to my papers in google scholar can be found here:



Module Leader: ACE3099 Agri-food Business Management and Marketing Dissertation

Contributing to:

ACE 1040 Academic and Professional Skills

ACE 2069 Dissertation and Research Preparation

ACE 2057 Natural Science Research Impact