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Net zero, food and farming; rural economy; British countryside policy and politics; farming and agricultural policy; Common Agricultural Policy; rural environmental controversies; rural and regional development.
Neil Ward is Professor of Rural and Regional Development at the University of East Anglia (UEA). He was UEA's Deputy Vice Chancellor and PVC-Academic (2013-21).
Professor Ward began his academic career as a geographer at University College London. His research interests are in rural economic and social change, agriculture, food and environmental policy and regional development. He has held chairs at the University of Leeds and Newcastle University, where he was director of the Centre for Rural Economy from 2004 to 2008. He has also worked for periods on secondment to the Cabinet Office and as an advisor to the Economic and Social Research Council.
Neil is a co-convenor of UKRI's Network+ on "AgriFood4NetZero" which runs from 2022 to 2025 and is author of Net Zero, Food and Farming: Climate Change and the UK Agri-Food System (Routledge)
Neil was Chair of the Social Science Panel for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Subject Pilot and a member of the TEF Subject Pilot Main Panel (2017-20). He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Further details can be found on Neil’s academic CV.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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13/02/12 → 30/04/12
Scoping potential routes to UK civil unrest via the food system: results of a structured expert elicitationJones, A., Bridle, S., Denby, K., Bhunnoo, R., Morton, D., Stanbrough, L., Coupe, B., Pilley, V., Benton, T., Falloon, P., Matthews, T. K., Hasnain, S., Heslop-Harrison, J. S., Beard, S., Pierce, J., Pretty, J., Zurek, M., Johnstone, A., Smith, P., Gunn, N. & 37 others, , 12 Oct 2023, In: Sustainability. 15, 20, 14783.
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Ward, N., 4 Aug 2022, 1 ed. Routledge Harwood. 268 p.
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Ward, N. & Phillipson, J., Oct 2021, In: Sociologia Ruralis. 61, 4, p. 723-742 20 p.
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Ward, N., 2021, In: Renewal. 29, 3, p. 101-109 9 p.
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The COVID University Challenge: A hazard analysis of critical control points assessment of the return of students to higher education establishmentsEdmunds, K. L., Bowater, L., Brainard, J., de Coriolis, J-C., Lake, I., Malik, R. R., Newark, L., Ward, N., Yeoman, K. & Hunter, P. R., Dec 2021, In: Risk Analysis. 41, 12, p. 2286-2292 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)15 Downloads (Pure)