Since obtaining my PhD from Glasgow University in 2001 on the economics of agricultural research systems, I have worked on a range of agricultural economic based policy analyses. Since 2001, I have been a junior then senior agricultural economist, conducting research for a variety of agencies on the various aspects of agricultural policy analysis. In 2011, I became a Reader in Innovation and Behavioural Change, in recognition of my work examining farmer and supply chain barriers for uptake of technologies. I was awarded a personal chair in Rural Resource Economics in 2017.
Impact: Improved understanding of costs and benefits of pesticide use across Scottish sectors and an impact analysis for the most likely withdrawal scenarios such that key gaps can be identified and their impact quantified in order to inform pesticide policy.