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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Studying at Cambridge


Mr Mark Reader PIAgrM

Mr Mark Reader, PIAgrM

Research Assistant in Rural Economy, (RBU)

Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 337 163 (direct)


Researcher in the Department of Land Economy, for the past 17 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.


Subject groups/Research projects

Rural Business Unit:

Research Interests

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


Sustainability ; Economics

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'

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Other information:

Curriculum Vitae (updated June 2020)