Professor Sophia Davidova
School of Economics, Keynes College, Cg.5B
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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 served as a President of the UK Agricultural Economics Society in 2011-2012. By that time she was the second ever female President since the foundation of the society in 1926. As recognition of her contribution to the profession, in 2017 she was awarded Fellowship of the European Association of Agricultural Economists.
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payments on the indirectly generated non-farm jobs and whether there are differences in the effect according to business location - rural or urban - and according to CAP measures, in particular Pillar 1 and Pillar 2. A microeconomic approach is employed, based on company data from FAME dataset combined with detailed subsidies data from DEFRA. The focus is on employment in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are central for job creation. The generalised method of moments (GMM) is used to estimate the effect of CAP payments on both the level and growth of employment. The results suggest positive net spillovers of CAP payments to non-farm employment. Although the magnitude of the effect is small, it is economically significant. Relative to Pillar 2, Pillar 1 payments have a stronger positive effect. As expected, the non-farm employment effect is particularly important for rural SMEs
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
- "Economic Aspects of Family Farming in the European Context," (with Kenneth J Thomson), Agricultural Economics Society, 2014.
- "Migration and Agricultural Efficiency," (with Johannes Sauer and Matthew Gorton), Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, 2014
- "Family Farming in the Enlarged EU: Concepts, challenges and prospects," (with Kenneth J Thomson), European Association of Agricultural Economists, 2014.
- “The Impact of CAP Payments on the Exodus of Labour from Agriculture in Selected EU Member States," (with B. Tocco and A. Bailey), Centre for European Policy Studies, 2013.
- "Determinants to Leave Agriculture and Change Occupational Sector: Evidence from an Enlarged EU," (with B. Tocco and A. Bailey), Centre for European Policy Studies, 2013.
- "Migration and Agricultural Efficiency - Empirical Evidence for Kosovo," (with J. Sauer and M. Gorton), German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA), 2013.
- "The Reallocation of Agricultural Labour across Sectors: An Empirical Strategy for Micro Data," (with B. Tocco and A. Bailey), Centre for European Policy Studies, 2013.
- "The Theoretical Framework and Methodology to Estimate the Farm Labour and Other Factor-Derived Demand and Output Supply Systems," (with B. Tocco and A. Bailey), Centre for European Policy Studies, 2013.
- EC544 Economic Integration in the EU (Convenor)
- EC817 Research Methods (Convenor)
- EC831 Rural and Peasant Economies (Convenor)
- EC832 Political Economy of Public Policy (Convenor)
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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
- Dr Lena Fredriksson, completed 2013
- Dr Christone Nyondo, completed 2013
- Director of the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS)
- Member, School of Economics Research Students Committee
- Non-Academic Impact Manager (joint with Zaki Wahhaj)
- GTA Co-ordinator
- GES Higher Degree Apprenticeship Development