To find out more about the history of land economy at the University of Cambridge, see The first fifty years by Emeritus Professor Ian Hodge. Professor Hodge is Emeritus Professor of Rural Economy in the Department of Land Economy and Fellow of Hughes Hall. He was the Head of Department between 2002 and 2011.

2012 represented the fiftieth anniversary of the University of Cambridge approving the introduction of the Land Economy Tripos as well as the creation of a Department of Land Economy, and Professor Hodge's essay explains and celebrates the history of the Department since its inception.