School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Mercy Ojo

Research Associate


Mercy works as a Research Associate in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Centre for Rural Economy at Newcastle University. Prior to this, she worked as a researcher at the Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Research, Belgium. She also worked as a teaching Assistant (Micro Economics) at IESEG School of Management, Lille France.

Mercy's research has primarily been in the field of farm management, environmental sustainability, efficiency and productivity analysis. She is proficient in applying analytical techniques to explore the economics of resource use efficiency within farm businesses and households. Thus, she possesses strong analytical skills with well-disciplined approaches and frameworks for analysing complex issues of economics and management. 


PhD in Agricultural Economics, University of Lille, France

Master in Economics of the Agrofood chain, Paul Sabatier university, Toulouse France

Master in Agricultural Economics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Bachelor in Agriculture, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Research Funding

Enviresearch Foundations small grant- 2019 (Principal Investigator)

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Undergraduate Teaching Contribution 

ACE 3099 'Agribusiness Management Dissertation' BSc Degree Programme in Agribusiness Management (2018/2019 and 2019/2020)


Mercy's Phd research investigated the economic effect of pesticide use reduction in French Crop farming Systems. She has also worked on an ESRC-funded project where she explored the impact of agricultural policy scenarios following Brexit by integrating state of the art modelling approaches at farm level. Currently, she is working on Healthy Livestock project 'Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance through improved livestock Health and Welfare'

Research Interests:

- Productivity and Efficiency Analysis

- Farm economics

- Cost Dominance and Competitiveness

- Micro Economics

- Farm Income Models

- Environmental sustainability


  • Ojo O.M, Hubbard C, Wallace M, Moxey A, Patton M, Shrestha S, Harvey D, Feng S, Philippidis G, Scott C. Brexit: Potential impacts on the economic welfare of UK farm households. Regional studies 2020. In Press.
  • Ojo O.M, Adenuga A.H, Lauwers L, VanMeensel J. Unravelling the cost dominance between high and low external input use in EU dairy farming systems. 2020. Submitted.
  • Hubbard C, Davis J, Feng S, Harvey D, Liddon A, Moxey A, Ojo M, Patton M, Philippidis G, Scott C, Shrestha S, Wallace M. Brexit: How will UK Agriculture Fare?. EuroChoices 2018, 17(2), 19-26.
  • Ojo O.M, Hubbard C. Can low input technology make UK Agriculture more profitable and environmentally sustainable post Brexit?. 2020. In Preparation.
  • Boussemart JP, Butault JP, Ojo OM. “Generation and Distribution of Productivity Gains in French Agriculture. Who are the Winners and the Losers over the Last Fifty Years?. Bulletin of University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca 2012, 69(2): 55-67.
  • Boussemart JP, Leleu H, Ojo OM. “Could Society’s willingness to reduce pesticide use be aligned with Farmers’ economic self-interest?”. Ecological Economics 2011, 70(10) :1797-1804.
  • Boussemart JP, Leleu H, Ojo OM. Exploring cost dominance in crop farming systems between high and low pesticide use. Journal of Productivity Analysis 2016, 45(2), 197–214.
  • Boussemart JP, Leleu H, Ojo OM. The spread of pesticide practices among cost efficient farmers. Environmental Modeling & Assessment 2013, 18(5), 523-532.