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Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies


About the Centre

Field with marginThe Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS) has a long history of participating in policy debate in Europe and enhancing research of a European dimension. The idea for the originally-named Centre for European Agricultural Studies arose in 1971 in the School of Agricultural Economics, Wye College, University of London. Its rationale was that as the UK joined the European Common Market, agricultural affairs in Britain would be heavily influenced by the Common Agricultural Policy. It was considered important that there should be an independent centre of research excellence, which would focus on the implications for UK food, farming and rural communities of the important new policy directions.

The purpose of the Centre, stated in the appeal document, was to offer "To agriculture and industry... research and investigation programmes, opportunities for bringing together British and European farmers, business executives, politicians, administrators, scientists and academics...a point of reference for authoritative discussion about current developments in European agriculture." This appeal, launched in 1974, raised £463K to endow the Centre's research activities.

In subsequent decades, CEAS enrolled a succession of fellows, scholars, and research associates to undertake research on European agriculture. Over these years, CEAS also provided funding to organise policy events of international standing, to assist PhD students participate in international academic events and to enable academics to be involved actively in the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE).

Following the changes in the emphasis of the EU Common Agricultural Policy and consumer concerns, in 2000 CEAS was renamed the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies. Since 2006, CEAS has been a Centre of the University of Kent.

CEAS has been run under the honorary directorship of academics with an international profile in the area of agri-environmental studies. The current Director is Sophia Davidova, Professor in European Agricultural Policy and the Deputy Director is Dr Alastair Bailey, Reader in Agricultural Economics, both from Kent's School of Economics.

Members

Directors

  Name Title
Prof Sophia Davidova

Professor Sophia Davidova
Director

Professor of European Agricultural Policy
Dr Alastair Bailey

Dr Alastair Bailey
Deputy Director

Reader in Agricultural Economics

Fellows

  Name Title
Prof Iain Fraser Professor Iain Fraser Professor of Agri-Environmental Economics
Dr Adelina Gschwandtner Dr Adelina Gschwandtner Lecturer in Economics
Dr Matloob Piracha Dr Matloob Piracha Senior Lecturer in Economics

Professional fellows

  Name Title
Ulrike Hotopp Dr Ulrike Hotopp Chief Economist at Simetrica, London
Honorary Professor of Economic Policy at the School of Economics, University of Kent
Dr Hannah Chaplin Senior Economic Advisor, UK Government Investments (ukgi)

Academic fellows

  Name Title
Prof Rob Fraser Professor Rob Fraser Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, School of Economics, University of Kent
Prof Monika Hartmann Professor Monika Hartmann Professor for Agricultural and Food Market Research, Institute for Agricultural Policy, Market Research and Economic Policy, University of Bonn
Dr Stefan Hirsch Dr Stefan Hirsch Research Associate, Department of Agricultural and Food Market Research, University of Bonn
Prof Alexandre Nicolella Professor Alexandre Nicolella Professor of Economics, University of São Paulo
Dr Denys Nizalov Dr Denys Nizalov Assistant Professor, Kyiv Economics Institute/Kyiv School of Economics

 

Research projects

Recent and currently funded research include:

  • An integrated risk-based approach to the control of Salmonella in the UK pig farms (Defra) Designing and implementing large-scale experiments in land (RELU)

  • Econometrics approaches for the food campaign analysis: the case of the 5 a day campaign and the salt campaign (FSA)

  • Impact of decoupling and modulation on the enlarged EU (EU FP6)

  • Overcoming market and technical obstacles to alternative pest management in arable systems (RELU)

  • Structural change in agriculture and rural livelihoods (EU FP6)

  • Comparative analysis of factor markets for agriculture across the Member States (EU FP7)

Enterprise activity

Wheat FieldImportant activities of the CEAS are to disseminate research results to the policy community and to influence thinking about the future of food and agri-environmental policy in the UK and Europe. To this end, members of CEAS have been members of advisory committees in different institutions, professional associations, executive boards and editorial committees. For example, S.: EU-DG Agriculture and Rural Development, European Parliament, Defra, UN Food and Agricultural Organisation, European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Projects

  • Agra CEAS Consulting, Study for DG Agri on 'Costs and Benefits of FADN Data Collection', Member of the Advisory Panel: Davidova S

  • British Academy (Small Grant Scheme): 'The use of mobile technology to enhance nutritional information provision for healthy diet choices': Fraser I with Souza-Monteiro D and Lowe B

  • Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation: Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: 'An Economic Analysis of Nuclear Power ex-ante and ex-post the Fukashima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster': Fraser I with Shibayama K

  • Defra (Open Tender): 'Consumer Preferences Regarding Country of Origin Labelling of Meat': Fraser I with three sub-contractors (University of Reading, Agra CEAS Ltd and FERA)

  • European Parliament 'Family Farming in Europe: Challenges and Prospects'. In-depth Analysis for the AGRI Committee, European Parliament, DG for Internal Policies, Policy Department B – Structural and Cohesion Policies, p 58: Davidova S and Thomson K

  • European Parliament 'Semi-subsistence Farming: Value and Directions of Development'. Study, European Parliament, DG for Internal Policies, Policy Department B – Structural and Cohesion Policies, Agriculture and Rural Development, p 112: Davidova S, Bailey A, Dwyer J, Erjavec E, Gorton M and Thomson K

  • LSE Public Policy Group: Review of report 'Has the EU support to the food-processing industry been effective and efficient in adding value to agricultural products?': Gschwandtner A

  • UN FAO 'Family Farming: a Europe and Central Asia Perspective', Background Report for UN FAO Regional Dialogue on Family Farming: 'Working towards a strategic approach to promote food security and nutrition': Davidova S and Thomson K

  • UN FAO 'Improvement of commercialization of small and family farmers in Kosovo': Davidova S

CEAS members have also contributed publications in the European policy outreach journal EuroChoices:

  • Davidova S and Thomson K (2017) 'Labour and Income Trends in EU Agriculture', Parlons Graphiques, EuroChoices, 16(3,) forthcoming

  • Davidova S (2014) 'Small and semi-subsistence farms in the EU: Significance and development paths', EuroChoices 13(1)

  • Davidova S and Bailey A (2014) 'Roles of small and semi-subsistence farms in the EU', EuroChoices, 13 (1)

  • Bailey A and Suta C (2014) 'Small Farming across the EU-27', Parlons Graphiques, EuroChoices, 13 (1)

 

Research publications

  • Gschwandtner A, 'The Organic Food Premium: A Local Assessment in the UK', International Journal of the Economics and Business, (forthcoming)

  • Gschwandtner A and Hirsch S, 'What drives firm profitability? A comparison of US and EU food processing industry?', Manchester School, (forthcoming) 

  • Balcombe K G, Fraser I M, Williams L and McSorley E, 'Examining the Relationship Between Visual Attention and Stated Preferences: A Discrete Choice Experiment Using Eye-Tracking', Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (forthcoming)

  • Hussein M and Fraser I M, 'Hedonic Analysis of Consumers' Valuation of Country of Origin of Meat In The United Kingdom', Journal of Agricultural Economics (2017) (Available as early view)

  • Fredriksson L, Bailey A, Davidova S, Gorton M and Traikova D, 'The Commercialisation of Subsistence Farms: Evidence from the New Member States of the EU', Land Use Policy, 60(1): 37-47 (2017)

  • Sibande L C, Bailey A and Davidova S, 'The impact of farm input subsidies on maize marketing in Malawi', Food Policy, 69: 190-206. ISSN 0306-9192 (2017)

  • Gschwandter A and Hauser M, 'Profit Persistence and Stock Returns', Applied Economics, 48(37), 3538-3549 (2016)

  • Balcombe K G, Fraser I M, Lowe B and Souza-Monteiro D, 'Attribute Non-Attendance and Attribute Importance Ranking Responses within Discrete Choice Experiments', American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 98(1): 54-73 (2016)

  • Balcombe K G, Bradley D, Fraser I M and Hussein M, 'Consumer Preferences regarding Country of Origin Labelling for Multiple Meat Products', Food Policy, 64: 49-62 (2016)

  • Sauer L, Gorton M and Davidova S 'Migration and Farm Technical Efficiency: evidence from Kosovo', Agricultural Economics, 46(5): 629-641 (2015)

  • Balcombe K G, Fraser I M and McSorley E, 'Attribute Non-Attendance and Choice Experiments: Using Eye-Tracking to Understand Respondent Behaviour', Journal of Applied Econometrics, 30(3): 447-467 (2015)

  • Balcombe K G and Fraser I M, 'Parametric Preference Functionals Under Risk in the Gain Domain: A Bayesian Analysis', Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 50(2): 161-187 (2015)

  • Hussein M, Silva A and Fraser I M, 'Linking Intrinsic Quality Attributes to Revealed Consumer Preferences Food Quality and Preference', Food Quality and Preference, 41 (April): 180-188 (2015)

  • Tocco B, Davidova S and Bailey A 'Labour Adjustment in Agriculture: evidence from Romania", Studies in Agricultural Economics, 116(2): 67-73 (2014)

  • Gschwandtner A, Hartmann M, J. Schiefer and S. Hirsch, 'The determinants of firm profitability differences in EU food processing', Journal of Agricultural Economics, 65(3), 703-721 (2014)

  • Shibayama K and Fraser I, 'Non-Homothetic Growth Models for the Environmental Kuznets Curve', International Economic Review, 55(3): 919-942 (2014)

  • Davidova S and Kostov P, 'A quantile regression analysis of the effect of farmers' attitudes and perceptions on market participation', Journal of Agricultural Economics, 64(1), 112-132 (2013)

  • Gschwandtner A and Hirsch S, 'Profit Persistence in the European Food Industry', European Review of Agricultural Economics, 40(5): 741-759 (2013)

  • Cuaresma J C and Gschwandtner A, 'Explaining the persistence of profits: A time-varying approach', International Journal of the Economics of  Business, 20(1), 125-140 (2013)

  • Davidova S, Sauer J and Latruffe L, 'Determinants of smallholders' decisions to leave land fallow: the case of Kosovo', Journal of Agricultural Economics, 63 (1), 119-141 (2012)

  • Davidova S, Fredriksson L, Gorton M, Mishev P and Petrovici D, 'Subsistence farming, incomes and agricultural livelihoods in the New Member States of the European Union', Environment and Planning C: Government and policy, 30: 209-227 (2012)

  • Gschwandtner A and Lambson V E, 'Sunk Costs, Depreciation and Industry Dynamics', The Review of Economics and Statistics, 94(4): 1059-1065 (2012)

  • Gschwandtner A, 'Evolution of Profit Persistence in the US: Evidence from three periods', The Manchester School, 80(2): 172–209 (2012)


Working papers and conferences

Working papers

  • Gschwandtner A, Hauser M (2016): 'Using Profit Persistence to Predict Stock Returns: An Alternative Model '– work in progress

  • Gschwandtner A, Burton M (2016): 'The Willingness to Pay for Organic Attributes in the UK', KDPE 17/02

  • Gschwandtner A, Kambhampati U, Louis-Jewell S (2016): 'Life Style and Happiness in the UK', KDPE 16/13

  • Gschwandtner A, Hirsch S (2016): 'What drives firm profitability? A comparison of the US and EU food processing industry', KDPE 16/12
  • Gschwandtner A (2014): 'The Organic Food Premium: A Canterbury Tale', KDPE 14/11

  • Tocco B, Bailey A and Davidova S, 'The Reallocation of Agricultural Labour across Sectors: An Empirical Strategy for Micro Data', Factor Markets Working Papers, No 45, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels (2013)

  • Tocco B, Davidova S and Bailey A, 'The Impact of CAP Payments on the Exodus of Labour from Agriculture in Selected EU Member States', Factor Markets Working Papers, No 66, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels (2013)

  • Tocco B, Bailey A and Davidova S, 'Determinants to Leave Agriculture and Change Occupational Sector: Evidence from an Enlarged EU', Factor Markets Working Papers, No 46, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels (2013)

  • Tocco B, Bailey A and Davidova S, 'The Reallocation of Agricultural Labour across Sectors: An Empirical Strategy for Micro Data', Factor Markets Working Papers, No 45, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels (2013)

  • Tocco B, Bailey A and Davidova S, 'The Theoretical Framework and Methodology to Estimate the Farm Labour and Other Factor-Derived Demand and Output Supply Systems', Factor Markets Working Papers, No 44, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels (2013)

  • Tocco B, Davidova S and Bailey A, 'Commonalities and Differences in Labour Market Developments and Constraints in Different EU Regions', Factor Markets Working Papers, No 22, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels (2012)

Conferences

  • Kostov P, Davidova S and Bailey A, 'One size does not fit all: an empirical investigation of the Romanian agriculture production function'. Contributed paper presented at the 91st UK AES Conference, Dublin (2017)

  • Kostov P, Davidova S and Bailey A, 'Comparative Efficiency of Family and Corporate Farms: Does Family Labour Matter'. Contributed paper presented at XV EAAE Congress, Parma, Italy (2017)

  • Tocco B, Davidova S and Bailey A, 'Part-Time Farming in Italy. Does farm size really matte?'. Contributed paper presented at XV EAAE Congress, Parma, Italy (2017)

  • Fraser I M: 'Open economy context for agricultural policy'. Invited presenter at Brexit: an academic conference, Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, Westminster (Parliament), London, November 2016

  • Fraser I M: 'Examining the Relationship Between Visual Attention and Stated Preferences: A Discrete Choice Experiment Using Eye-Tracking'. Invited keynote presenter at the La Trobe Business School Choice Modelling Workshop, Melbourne, Australia (July 2016)

  • Kostov P, Davidova S and Bailey, 'An effect of family labour on output of farms in selected EU Member States: A non-parametric quantile regression approach'. Contributed paper presented at the 90th UK AES  Conference, Warwick (2016)

  • Rizov M, Davidova S and Bailey A, 'Employment Effects of CAP Payments on the UK Non-farm Economy'. Contributed Paper presented at 160 EAAE Seminar 'Rural Jobs and the CAP', Warsaw (December 2016)

  • Davidova S, Thomson K and Hennessey T 'Rural Jobs and the CAP – Spitting into the wind?'. Plenary paper presented at 160 EAAE Seminar 'Rural Jobs and the CAP', Warsaw (December 2016)

  • Tocco B, Bailey A, Davidova S and Raimondi V, 'Women and Part-time Farming: Understanding Labour Supply Decisions in Italian Farm Households'. Contributed paper presented at 29th Triennial Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists, Milan, Italy (2015)

  • Fraser I M: 'Divestment of the English Forestry Estate: An Economically Sound Choice?'. Contributed paper at EnvEcon Conference, London (2013)

  • Fraser I M: 'Attribute Non-Attendance and Attribute Importance Ranking Responses within Discrete Choice Experiments', Contributed Paper, EAAE Workshop on Non-Market Valuation, Barcelona (June 2013)

Events

 

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