School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Carmen Hubbard

Senior Lecturer


Roles and Responsibilities

  • CRE Research Manager (08/2009-03/2015)


  • PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Aberdeen

Area of expertise

  • Agricultural economics

Awarded Fellowships/Scholarships

  • Research Fellowship, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan (2014)
  • EU Phare - ACE PhD scholarship, European Commission, (1999 – 2002)
  • Awarded Internship, European Commission, DG Budget, Assistance for Candidate Countries in Financial Management and Control Unit, Brussels, Belgium (10/2000 - 03/2001)
  • Summer School Scholarship  on "Convergence in Europe and the Process of Enlargement and Association Programme, Nice,", European Commission (2002)
  • Summer School Scholarship  on  'Competitiveness and EU Enlargement', the European University Institute Florence, European Commission (2001)
  • Summer School Scholarship  on 'Statistics for Social Science' Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • EU Tempus – Phare Scholarship on ‘Developing skills in educational methodology’, South Birmingham College, Birmingham, UK, European Commission, Tempus Programme (1995).


Romanian, English, French, Spanish (basic)

Esteem Indicators

  • Appointed Member, Farm Animal Welfare Committee (2015-2017) 
  • Member Executive Board, UK Agricultural Economics Society (AES) (2014 -)
  • Member, Advisory Board, EuroChoices Journal (2014 -)  
  • Member, Steering Group, The North East Farming and Rural Advisory Network (06/2013 – )
  • Member  Steering Group, The North East Rural Growth Network (06/2013 - )
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Agricultural Economics, UK (2014 -)
  • Member, Editorial Board, ‘Studies of Agricultural Economics’, (2013 -)
  • Scientific Editor,  ‘The Romanian Journal of Food Science’ (2012 – )


  • Member of the Agricultural Economics Society (AES)
  •  Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE)
  • Member of the Animal Welfare Research Network (funded by BBSRC)


Research Interests

  • The economics and political economy of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP); Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Farm Animal Welfare
  • Applied Welfare Economics
  • Comparative country analysis

Other Expertise

  • Consumer behaviour regarding organic and functional foods
  • Innovation and rural businesses
  • The role of knowledge institutions  

Current Research Projects

  • Brexit: How might UK Agriculture Thrive or Survive? (04/2017-09/2018), ESRC, UK
  • Valumics: Understanding food value chains and network dynamics (2017-2021), EUH2020
  • Strength2Food (2015-2021); EUH2020
  • Sustainable pig production systems (2017-2019), Defra- ERANET
  • Adding Value to the Vietnamese Agri-food sector (2015-2017), British Council Newton Fund,
  • Feed-a-gene (2015-2020), EUH2020


Completed Research Projects 

COMPETE (International comparison of product supply chains in the agri-food sectors: determinants of their competitiveness and performance on EU and international markets) (2012-2015). It focused on the evaluation of competitiveness and determinants of competitiveness of various European agri-food supply chains in order to provide better targeted and evidence based policies at both EU and national levels. Funder: European Commission FP7 (Co-Investigator);

Collab4Safety (Strengthening cooperation for global food safety research) (2012-2016) - aimed at developing a sustainable coordination platform for exchange of food safety information about research findings, capacity building and policies and facilitate the control and mitigation of existing and emerging food risks. Funder: European Commission FP7, (Co-Investigator 

International Research Staff Exchange Scheme: Knowledge and Expertise Exchange Europe – New Zealand (KEEENZ).  KEEENZ is a multidisciplinary exchange programme to promote research collaboration between Europe and New Zealand focused on EU External Relations and Public Diplomacy;  Funder: The European Commission and the New Zealand Ministry of Research Science and Technology (Team member 2009-2014, Principal Investigator 03/2014 – 09/2015)             

Unlocking Rural Innovation in the North East of England: The Role of Knowledge Institutions. This investigated how Newcastle University engages with rural businesses, and how this engagement may be improved to release innovative potential in rural firms. Funder: The Strategic Development Fund for Research and Innovation, Newcastle University (Principal Investigator)

EconWelfare (‘Good animal welfare in a socio-economic context: project to promote insights on the impact for the animal, the production chain and society of upgrading animal welfare standards’)  (2009-2011); Funder: European Commission FP7 (Team member)

Rural Businesses, Innovation and Newcastle Science City, (2009 – 2010); Funder: Newcastle University (Team member)  

 Scarled (Structural Change in Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods) (2006 and 2009) Funder: European Commission FP6 (Co-Investigator)

Welfare Quality (‘Integration of animal welfare in the food quality chain: from public concern to improved welfare and transparent quality’) (2004-2009); Funder: European Commission FP6 (team-member)

EDORA (European Development Opportunities in Rural Areas)  (2008 – 2010), Funder: ESPON DG Regio (Team member)

TIPTAP (Territorial Impact Package for Transport and Agricultural Policies) (2008-2009); Funder: European Commission FP7 (Team member)

Research Roles

  • Member, School Research Committee (2013 – 2014)
  • Research Manager Centre for Rural Economy (2009 - 2014)
  • School Research Newsletter Editor, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development (2012 - 2014)  
  • School Seminar Series Organiser, School of Agriculture Food and Rural Development (2012 – 2015 )
  • School Technical Leader of the Social Science Group, Advanced Training Partnership in Intensive Livestock Health and Production, BBSRC-ATP, (2011 - 2014)
  • Postgraduate (PhD) Panel Assessor, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development and  the Business School, Newcastle University (2009 - )
  • CRE Project Manager (07/2009 – 03/2012), Two ESRC-funded Case Studentships
  • CRE Research Newsletter Editor, Newcastle University (2009 - 2014)
  • CRE Coordinator of the Neo-endogenous Rural Development Reading Group (2010 - 2013) 
  • CRE Representative of the Trans-Atlantic Rural Research Network (2009 - 2013) 
  • CRE Discussion Papers Editor (2007-2010)

Postgraduate Supervision

  • Since 2007, over 25 MSc students completed successfully their dissertation under my supervision.
  • Award for the 'Best Dissertation',  MSc in International Marketing (2008)

Current PhD Supervision 

  • Essien Antia-Obong (2014 - ) "Market participation under import ban: policy implications for smallholder poultry farmers in Nigeria" 
  • Moses Chukwu (2014 -) "Estimating the potential of herbaceous feedstocks for cellulosic ethanol production in Nigeria"

Past PhD Supervision

  • Yong Jung: "Impacts of rural development policy on farm households in South Korea" (2013 - 2016)
  • Namgeun Song: “The Dynamics, Process and Pitfalls of Policy Transfer/Learning: Comparative Study of Partnerships Based on Leader Approach in the UK and South Korea” (2009-2012)



EUFP6, FP7 and ESPON; HEIF4, Horizon 2020; ESRC




Undergraduate Teaching

Module Leader:

  • ACE1006 'Economics for Business" (2015 - )
  • ACE3000 'Globalisation: Patterns, Processes and Challenges' (2017 - ) 
  • ACE3099 ‘Agribusiness Management Dissertation, BSc Degree Programme in Agribusiness Management (2014 - 2016)

Contributing  teaching to:

  •  ‘Qualitative Techniques’ module (2011 – 2013), BSc in  Rural Social Science Research
  •  ‘Sustainable Development” module, BSc Joint Honour ‘Economics and Mathematics’

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Contributing teaching to ACE8100 'Food Security: Societal, Policy and Regulatory Changes'  (2015 - )
  • Contributing teaching to ACE8111 'Research methods for Food Policy'  (2015 - )

Module Leader (2012-2015)

  • 'People in the System’, Royal Veterinary College (within the BBSRC Advanced Training Partnership)  

Module Leader (2007-2009)

  • ACE8001 Research Methods and Project Management
  • ACE8036 Participation and Rural Development

Contributing teaching to  ‘Dissertation Planning’ module (2010-2013), for MSc in Advanced Food Marketing 

Invited lecturer, CIHEAM - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ), Spain, teaching the ‘Agricultural Policy’ module, MSc Programme on ‘Agro-food Marketing’ (2013 - )