Professor Alan Swinbank

Consultant & Academic

My Experience

My research has focussed on the farm and food policies of the European Union (EU), particularly its common agricultural policy (CAP) and more recently bioenergy, and the process of trade liberalisation in these products under the auspices of the WTO (World Trade Organization). I have written, lectured and advised extensively on these topics. A list of recent publications can be found here.

In recent years I have undertaken work for the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), the Commonwealth Secretariat, ICTSD (the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development), IFPRI (the International Food Policy Research Institute), CEPS (the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels), the UK’s Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), the European Parliament, various UK government departments including Defra and Dfid, and Tate & Lyle Sugars. I have advised Select Committees in both Houses of the UK parliament.

I was a member of the working party chaired by Wyn Grant that prepared a report — The implications of ‘BREXIT’ for UK agriculture — for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. That report, published February 2016, can be accessed here.

I have given public evidence on Brexit in to various parliamentary committees (see also Videos link at the top of this page). Transcripts can be read here: External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee of the National Assembly of Wales (19 September 2016); House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee (25 January 2017); Commonwealth of Australia Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (7 August 2017).

I am a Past President (2009-10) of the Agricultural Economics Society.

In September and October 2017 I was a Visiting Fellow in the ANU Centre for European Studies at The Australian National University, Canberra.