Portrait of Professor Sophia Davidova

Professor Sophia Davidova

Professor of European Agricultural Policy

About

Sophia Davidova is Professor of European Agricultural Policy and Director of Graduate Studies. She studied International Economics at the Economic University in Sofia, Bulgaria. She gained a PhD scholarship and was awarded the degree in 1978 by the same university. In 1984 she gained a grant by the French government for post-doctoral study in INRA and in 1991 - a research fellowship by the Centre for European Agricultural Studies at Wye College, University of London. She moved to the UK in 1994 and joined Wye College initially as a Lecturer in Agricultural Economics and then as a Senior Lecturer. She became Reader at Imperial College, London in 2004 and joined the University of Kent in 2006.

Sophia Davidova has participated in a range of international research projects and since 1989 she has been involved in advisory work to government agencies in Central and Eastern European countries, and to OECD, the European Commission and the World Bank. From 1991 to 2001 she was a member of the OECD group of experts monitoring agricultural and trade policies in non-OECD Member countries and participated in the European Commission Network of Independent Experts advising on agricultural policies in the EU Candidate countries. Currently she is a scientific expert assisting the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (COMAGRI).

During 2004-2006, Sophia was a member of the editorial advisory board of Agricultural Economics, the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. Currently she is a member of the Steering Committee of EuroChoices and the Editorial Committee of Studies in Agricultural Economics.

Sophia Davidova is Director of the Centre for European Agri-environmental Studies (CEAS). In 2011-2012 she was President of the UK Agricultural Economics Society.

She is also a member of the Microeconomics Research Group.

Research interests

Sophia's research interests are in the area of microeconomic analysis of the impact of agricultural reforms in Central and Eastern Europe and the effects of CAP reforms on producer performance and income diversification in the Enlarged EU.

Sophia's RePEc page is http://econpapers.repec.org/RAS/pda307.htm

Teaching

Supervision

Sophia is interested in supervising PhD students in the following research areas:

  • Effect of rural-urban migration on farm performance
  • Effect of land fragmentation on farm efficiency
  • Incremental production effects of family labour input in agriculture
  • Non-agricultural strategies of small farms
  • Distributional issues of CAP support

Past students

  • Dr Joshua Sebu, registered 2012
  • Dr Lonester Sibande, registered 2011
  • Dr Barbara Tocco, registered 2013
  • Dr Lena Fredriksson, completed 2013
  • Dr Christone Nyondo, completed 2013

Professional

Administrative role

  • Non-Academic Impact Manager (joint with Zaki Wahhaj
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