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Professor Sophia Davidova

School of Economics, Keynes College, Cg.5B



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 Davidova 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.

Sophia is the School's Director of Graduate Studies and Chief Examiner for MSc programmes.

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Sophia's publications can also be found on RePEc, Orcid and ResearchGate.

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Sibande, L., Bailey, A. and Davidova, S. (2017). The impact of farm input subsidies on maize marketing in Malawi. Food Policy [Online] 69:190-206. Available at:
Fredriksson, L. et al. (2016). The Commercialisation of subsistence farms: Evidence from the new member states of the EU. Land Use Policy [Online] 60:37-47. Available at:
Sauer, J., Gorton, M. and Davidova, S. (2015). Migration and farm technical efficiency: evidence from Kosovo. Agricultural Economics [Online] 46:629-641. Available at:
Tocco, B., Davidova, S. and Bailey, A. (2014). Labour adjustments in agriculture: evidence from Romania. Studies in Agricultural Economics [Online] 116:67-73. Available at:
Davidova, S. and Bailey, A. (2014). Roles of Small and Semi-subsistence Farms in the EU. EuroChoices [Online] 13:10-14. Available at:
Kostov, P. and Davidova, S. (2013). A Quantile Regression Analysis of the Effect of Farmers' Attitudes and Perceptions on Market Participation. Journal of Agricultural Economics [Online] 64:112-132. Available at:
Sauer, J., Davidova, S. and Latruffe, L. (2012). Determinants of Smallholders' Decisions to Leave Land Fallow: The Case of Kosovo. Journal of Agricultural Economics [Online] 63:119-141. Available at:
Davidova, S. et al. (2012). Subsistence Farming, Incomes, and Agricultural Livelihoods in the New Member States of the European Union. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy [Online] 30:209-227. Available at:
Davidova, S., Fredriksson, L. and Bailey, A. (2009). Subsistence and Semi-Subsistence Farming in Selected EU New Member States. Agricultural Economics [Online] 40:733-744. Available at:
Latruffe, L., Davidova, S. and Balcombe, K. (2008). Productivity change in Polish agriculture: an illustration of a bootstrapping procedure applied to Malmquist indices. Post Communist Economies [Online] 20:449-460. Available at:
Zanni, A., Bailey, A. and Davidova, S. (2008). Analysis of the Vocational and Residential Preferences of a Rural Population: Application of an Experimental Technique to Rural Slovenia. Spatial Economic Analysis [Online] 3:89-114. Available at:
Latruffe, L., Davidova, S. and Balcombe, K. (2008). Application of a double bootstrap to investigation of determinants of technical efficiency of farms in Central Europe. Journal of Productivity Analysis [Online] 29:183-191. Available at:
Balcombe, K., Davidova, S. and Latruffe, L. (2008). The use of bootstrapped Malmquist indices to reassess productivity change findings: an application to a sample of Polish farms. Applied Economics [Online] 40:2055-2061. Available at:
Latruffe, L. and Davidova, S. (2007). Common Agricultural Policy direct payments and distributional conflicts over rented land within corporate farms in the New Member States. Land Use Policy [Online] 24:451-457. Available at: .
Chaplin, H., Gorton, M. and Davidova, S. (2007). Impediments to the Diversification of Rural Economies in Central and Eastern Europe: evidence from small-scale farms in Poland. Regional Studies [Online] 41:361-376. Available at: .
Iraizoz, B., Gorton, M. and Davidova, S. (2007). Segmenting farms for analysing agricultural trajectories: a case study of the Navarra region in Spain. Agricultural Systems [Online] 93:141-169. Available at: .
Davidova, S. and Latruffe, L. (2007). Relationships between technical efficiency and financial management for czech republic farms. Journal of Agricultural Economics [Online] 58:269-288. Available at:
Davidova, S. et al. (2005). Farm Productivity and Profitability: a comparative analysis of selected New and Existing EU Member States. Comparative Economic Studies 47:652-674.
Latruffe, L. et al. (2005). Technical and scale efficiency of crop and livestock farms in Poland: Does specialisation matter? . Agricultural Economics [Online] 32:281-296. Available at:
Book section
Davidova, S. et al. (2009). Comparative analysis of the contribution of subsistence production to household incomes in five new EU Member States: Lessons learnt. in: Buchenrieder, G. and Moller, L. eds. Structural change in Europe's rural regions: Farm livelihoods between subsistence orientation. modernisation and non-farm diversification. IAMO, pp. 43-68.
Conference or workshop item
Davidova, S. et al. (2009). A Comparative Analysis of the contribution of subsistence production to household incomes in five EU New Member States. in: Buchenrieder, G. and Mollers, J. eds. International Association of Agricultural Economists Symposium on Structural Change in Europe Rural Regions. Halle; IAMO; 2009, pp. 43-68.
Davidova, S. et al. (2009). Subsistence farming in the New Member States. in: Colloquium on Rural Affairs .
Gorton, M. et al. (2008). Attitudes to Agricultural Policy and Farming Futures in the Context of the 2003 CAP Reform: a comparison of farmers in selected established and new Member States. in: 93rd Seminar of the EAAE on Impacts of Decoupling and Cross Compliance on Agriculture in the Enlarged EU. Elsevier, pp. 322-336. Available at:
Showing 24 of 34 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]
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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

Working Papers

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Consultation hours

  • Mon 12.30-13.30
  • Tue 11.30-12.30
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PhD 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

Current PhD students

Past students

  • Dr Lena Fredriksson, completed 2013
  • Dr Christone Nyondo, completed 2013
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Administrative roles

  • Director of Graduate Studies and Chief Examiner for MSc programmes (Agri-Env)
  • MSc Admissions Officer (Agri-Env and Int Dev)
  • Director of the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS)
  • Member, School of Economics Research Students Committee
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Last Updated: 27/09/2017