The Queen's University of Belfast
Department of Agricultural and Food Economics
“providing strategic research and
university teaching in the economics and management of agribusiness, the
environment and rural development”
Our research programme is recognised nationally and internationally for work on the economics of environmental change, business competitiveness, policy impact analysis and rural development. The work is very dependent on external funding and the winning of these grants has been very important to the development of our research.
have had considerable success in attracting external research grants. For
example, a five year programme of research on rural development with funding of
about £500k mainly from the European Commission’s LEADER II programme. A grant of about £800k was awarded by DARD (policy) and IFI
for work on a major regional policy impact assessment model, undertaken in close
collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, (FAPRI),
University of Missouri and TEAGASC in Dublin. As a follow on to this regional
policy impact model, the Division was successful in obtaining funding of £100k
from the EU Fifth Framework programme towards the development of a UK policy
impact model based on the methods developed for the Northern Irish model. This
will link up with national models developed by partners throughout the EU to
provide an integrated European model.
Other recent external research monies include a grant of £145k from the Department of Regional Development for a three-year study of the Cost and Benefits of Freshwater Quality Improvements. A new contract worth £40k for an evaluation on the introduction of Early Retirement and New Entrants Schemes for Farmers in Northern Ireland is being undertaken in collaboration with University College Dublin; this study was commissioned directly by the Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development. Another new externally funded study in partnership with ARINI is seeking to identify optimal milk production systems under a range of possible economic conditions. The Department is also recognised as a scholarly centre for research on the Chinese rural economy and participates, as a host, in the EU-China co-operation programme.
work of Agricultural and Food Economics is strongly linked to the strategic
goals of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (NI) which is an
important funder of the work. The timeliness and relevance of our research
results provide key decision support to government and the private sector.
staff are actively involved in the agricultural economics profession at national
and international levels. For example, the Head, Dr John Davis, recently
took the lead for the British and European Agricultural Economics Societies in
developing a new European outreach publication, EuroChoices, and he is now Co-editor. This pan-European publication
seeks to communicate the work and ideas of agri-food and rural resource
economists in an accessible way to government and private sector
decision-makers, NGOs and the interested public more generally. He has also
recently co-authored two books, one on Rural
Change in Ireland and another on The
Chinese Grain Economy.
Agricultural and Food Economics has a very full research and outreach programme and will continue to make important contributions at regional, national and international levels.
Head of Department of Agricultural and Food Economics and Former Director of the Center for Rural Studies, also hold post of Director of Economic Research (DARD).
One QUB Senior Lecturer and also Principal Agricultural Economist (DARD).
Four QUB Lecturers and two of them are also DARD Senior Agricultural Economists.
Two Research Fellows, three Research Assistants and Nine Postgraduate Research Students.
ReturnLast updated September 2004