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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

The Rural Business Unit (RBU) within the Department of Land Economy is a leading UK centre in Agricultural and Horticultural Economics and undertakes a substantial programme of research for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This work involves the analysis of farm businesses and commodity enterprises in order to inform agricultural policy in Whitehall and Brussels and the evaluation of policy measures such as set-aside. Researchers in the unit also undertake research and produce publications on the food aid policy of the European Union, the effect of CAP income distribution and food security and the reform of the sugar regime. They also provide advice to the Select Committees and Government bodies.


 Elizabeth  Clery
Field Investigation Officer / Research Assistant, Rural Business Unit (RBU)
 Stephen  Horsley
Database Administrator
Research Assistant, Rural Business Unit (RBU)
 Ben  Lang
Senior Research Associate / Manager, Rural Business Unit (RBU)
Member of DEFRA, Farm Business Survey Technical Group
Member of Rural Business Research Management Group
Member of the CAAV Costings Committee
 Deborah  Mansfield
Field Investigation Officer, Rural Business Unit (RBU)
Mr Mark  Reader
Research Assistant in Rural Economy, (RBU)