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Background to the Institute
The Gibson Institute for Land, Food and Environment was established in Queen's University Belfast in 1999.  It has developed into the university's major provider of interdisciplinary degrees in sustainability, rural development, and environmental management while providing specialist modules to established degrees such as Geography, Agricultural Technology, and Food Quality, Safety and Nutrition Management.  The Gibson Institute is the centre for environmental economics research in Queens.  It is also involved in agricultural, food and energy economics and public health research.

Teaching
The Institute delivers the full-time MSc in Sustainable Rural Development and Project Management and a full-time MSc in Leadership for Sustainable Development .  The Institute also delivers the part-time Taught Courses at The Rural College.  The Institute delivers the BSc in Land Use and Environmental Management.  With Omagh College the Gibson Institute offers a full time foundation degree FdSc in Land, Environment and Sustainability and a part time FdSc in Rural Sustainability both of which can progress into Stage 2 of the BSc Honours in Land Use and Environmental Management at Queens.  The Gibson Institute offers a complete range of sustainability, rural development and environmental education from foundation degrees to PhDs.  All three levels of education, undergraduate, masters and doctorates, are offered both full time and part-time and for study both on and off Queen's Belfast campus.

Research and Development
The Institute is involved as a major partner in some of the important research initiatives of the university where staff members provide economic research input.  Major initiatives include the Centre of Excellence for Public Health, the ASSET project for assured safe and traceable food.  The institute is a partner in large external projects with partners in the University of Bath and Newcastle upon Tyne UK and with partners in America, Australia, New Zealand and most European Countries.  Contact g.hutchinson@qub.ac.uk .

Expertise
Research Staff at the Institute are experienced in the application of economics to issues of environment, health, energy, and transportation.  Areas of specialisation include econometrics of Choice Modelling, child health and safety, contaminated land, cultural heritage, application of economic expertiments.

 

Contact Information

The School of Biological Sciences
Gibson Institute for Land Food & Environment
Room 01.409
Medical Biology Centre
Lisburn Road
Belfast BT9 7BL
Tel:  028 9097 5787

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