I am Professor and senior economist and team leader of Food Marketing Research at SRUC. I am an applied economist specialising in the industrial organization of food markets, international trade and econometrics. I have a PhD on Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California-Davis. After the PhD I worked for the University of Georgia (USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK) before moving to SRUC (former SAC). In addition, I have worked as a consultant for United Nations, The World Bank, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the UK Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the UK Home Grown Cereal Authority (HGCA), the Food Standard Agency - Scotland and the Scottish Government.
My research interests are mainly in two areas. First, the empirical analysis of farmers’ economic responses to changes in agricultural policy. The second area is the operation and performance of agri-food supply chains and their implications for the farming sector. Additionally, other research interests are in areas related to development economics, such as food policy, nutrition, and poverty.
Together with Dr. Wisdom Dogbe, I have authored the report 'Potential Market Opportunities for Hempseed and Fibre in Scotland'.