Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics
School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of Reading
Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 6AR, United Kingdom
September and October 2017: Visiting Fellow in the ANU Centre for European Studies at The Australian National University, Canberra.
After school in North Manchester I worked as a farm labourer in Surrey for a year before university. I studied at the University of Reading (BSc Agricultural Economics), McMaster University (MA Economics) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD Economics, University of London). I then worked for four years as a junior administrator for the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels, in DG VI (the Directorate-General for Agriculture). I returned to the University of Reading in 1977 as a lecturer in Agricultural Economics, and was appointed to the chair in Agricultural Economics in 1988. Although I ‘retired’ in 2008, I am still actively engaged in research. I am also available to undertake consultancy projects.
Current research preoccupations include:
- Exploring the UK’s agricultural and trade policy options following the country’s referendum vote to leave the EU (Brexit), and particularly its agri-food trade relations with Australia
- Explaining the 2013 recalibration of the CAP, and preparing for its next (2020) ‘reform’
- Understanding the influence of the GATT and the EEC on successive UK governments’ farm policy deliberations in the 1960s
Last updated 21 April 2018