President of UK Agricultural Economics Society
The co-director of the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) has become the president of a prestigious long-standing society.
Prof Janet Dwyer, director of the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) at the University of Gloucestershire, has taken the helm at the UK Agricultural Economics Society (AES), which promotes study and teaching within the domains of agricultural, food and related industries, rural society and the environment.
Prof Dwyer, who leads NICRE in the south west, said: “I am extremely honoured and humbled to have been elected as the president of the AES which has a long and celebrated history. I have been a member of AES since 1986 and greatly appreciate its role in supporting research and policy, embracing the sustainability agenda and supporting business adaptation and development, in recent decades.
“At a time of great uncertainty for agricultural and rural economies with on-going challenges from COVID-19, the climate crisis, post-Brexit policy and market turbulence, there has never been a greater need for strong applied agricultural economic research and analysis, rooted in real-world experience.
“I have called for members of the society to help promote a more ambitious and diverse understanding of their discipline, and what it has to offer to policy and business communities in these critical decades of the early 21st century.”