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Research

The Gibson Institute for Land Food and Environment is involved in major research projects funded by UK Research Councils, EU Framework Programs among others.  We are working with research partners in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and many European Countries.  We currently have five members of academic staff, three research fellows and twelve PhD students.  Our highly appraised research into Environmental Economics Methods provides the basis for our economic modeling and policy expertise in the following areas:

Agricultural and Food Economics and Marketing
Professor Hutchinson is co-investigator in the £2million Centre for Assured Safe and Traceable Food (ASSET) which is led by Professor Chris Elliot and brings together expertise from the Schools of Biological Sciences, the School of Planning Architecture and Civil Engineering and Queens University Management School.  Dr Danny Campbell is lead researcher into the marketing effects and consumer willingness to pay for farm assurance and traceability.  Dr Victoria Lorimer is Research Fellow in this area.

Food Choices, Obesity, Physical Activity and Public Health
Professor Hutchinson is a co-investigator and member of the executive management board of the £3.5 million UK Combined Research Councils Centre of Excellence for Public Health in Northern Ireland led by Professor Frank Kee, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences.  Dr Longo and Dr Campbell are also co-investigators and Dr Jose M. Grisolia is a Research Fellow employed by the allied Obesity and Diabetes project funded by the Department for Employment and Learning "Strengthening the all Island Research Base".

Biodiversity and Agri-environmental Policy
Dr Campbell and Dr Longo are academic associates and Professor Hutchinson partner in Quercus the ecological research centre within the School of Biological Sciences.  Through its' Natural Heritage Research Partnership Quercus provides ecological research for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).  In a recently completed INTERREG IIIA project the Gibson Institute were partners in the Lough Melvin Catchment Management Plan.

Sustainability, Energy Production, Consumption and Clean Technology
Professor Hutchinson is Director of the Institute for a Sustainable World - OLD (ISW) which bring together Queens research in these areas across all three faculties.  Professor Alberini is ISW Professor and Dr Campbell ISW lecturer in Environmental Economics.  Dr Longo is a partner in the 11m euro EU 7th Framework EXIOPOL Project studying industrial externalities such as odour and waste, and the 5m euro EU 7th Framework PLUREL project studying peri-urban landscape relationships.

Contact:
Professor George Hutchinson, Director of the Gibson Institute
Email:  g.hutchinson@qub.ac.uk
Tel:  +44 (0)28 9097 2321

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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