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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Researcher in the Department of Land Economy, for the past 18 years.  Notable contributions include 'Peer-Matching', 'Loss-Making Marginal Spending from Crop Variable Inputs', the 'EU Sugar Regime', as well as 'Best Use of UK Agricultural Land' and 'Biomass/Oil Crops'. I also publish innovative internet services for researchers and farmers.  In recent years, most work has been funded through DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).  Interests include: ways to improve farm efficiency and to decrease resource / ecological footprint (eg through benchmarking and optimisation); re-use of waste; agri-policy; and rural development.  In addition to: 'rules, values and norms'; and research on human well-being; and contributions of religious faith to those.  Formerly undertook research in experimental plant sciences, in Western Australia, including a successful technical project.  My career has also included sojourns in Nicaragua and India, as well as agricultural research in Australia, South Africa, the UK, and Peru.



  • Benchmarking farm performance
  • Economics of public goods
  • Sustainability in farming
  • Bioenergy and agricultural development


Key publications: 


- 'Best Use of UK Agricultural Land' (quantitative development, with CISL)
- 'The EU Sugar Regime'
- 'UK Agri-Environment'
- 'FBS Fertiliser Module: Management Information for Farmers' (draft 2016, not published)

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Curriculum Vitae (updated August 2021)


Teaching and Supervisions


LE16: "Land, food and ecosystem services"
(each year 2 lectures, 2 or 3 supervisions)

Research Assistant in Rural Economy, (RBU)
Mr Mark  Reader

Contact Details

Email address: 
+44 (0) 1223 337 163 (voicemail)


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