Professor Rob Fraser

Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics
Professor Rob Fraser


Rob Fraser is Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics. He completed a first degree in Economics at Adelaide University before gaining a Rhodes Scholarship to study for MPhil and DPhil qualifications in Economics at Oxford University from 1978. His first appointment was as an Assistant Professor of Economics for the University of Virginia, USA in 1981. A year later, he joined the University of Western Australia initially as a Lecturer in Economics, becoming Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics early in 1999. In 2000 he was appointed Professor of Agricultural Economics at Imperial College, and in 2006 he joined the University of Kent in the same capacity. 

He has an international research reputation as a policy economist, specialising in both agri-environmental and invasive species policy design and evaluation. In this context, since moving to the UK in 2000 he has participated in a range of DEFRA and other funded research projects. In addition, he was commissioned in 2006 by the OECD to prepare a report on "Information Deficiencies in Agri-Environmental Policies", which was then presented as the keynote paper to an OECD Workshop on this topic. He is a Past President of the Agricultural Economics Society (AES) and is both a Past President and a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES). He is also a Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Agricultural Economics. Since 2012 he has been a Member of DEFRA’s Economic Advisory Panel.

Research interests

Rob Fraser's research interests are in the design and evaluation of agri-environmental policies, and invasive species policies, including policies affecting world trade.
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Past students

Dr Christina Siettou, completed 2015 
Dr Emmanuelle Quillerou: "Adverse Selection and Agri-Environmental Policy Design: The Higher Level Stewardship Scheme as a Case Study", completed 2010 

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