Set up in 1999 in Queen's University Belfast, the Gibson Institute is part funded by the Gibson Trust. Within the Institute the Gibson Trust endows The Gibson Lectureship in Agricultural Economics and Food Marketing, the Annual Programme of Studentships for Masters Degrees,and the Gibson University Tutorships, and the Annual Gibson Lecture. The Institute is involved in education and research in the areas of rural development, agricultural and environmental economics, agricultural and food marketing, land use and environmental management, renewable energy, food choice and human nutrition, physical activity and public health. There are 5 permanent university staff in the Institute,The Gibson Chair and Director of the Institute. A Deputy Director of Education and co-coordinator of the Gibson MSc degrees, A Deputy Director of Research and two lecturers. Areas of specialisation include econometrics of Choice Modelling, child health and safety, contaminated land, cultural heritage, application of economic expertiments. The institute has developed into the university's major provider of interdisciplinary degrees.