PhD Studentship: Achieving world class livestock enterprises in a post-Brexit world University of Nottingham, School of Biosciences United Kingdom

PhD Studentship: Achieving world class livestock enterprises in a post-Brexit world


Closing Date
Tuesday, 15th January 2019


Supervisor: Professor Paul Wilson


Secondary Supervisor: Dr John Strak


Subject Area: Agricultural Management


Research Title
Achieving world class livestock enterprises in a post-Brexit world


Research Description


This Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) funded research seeks to combine detailed market and farm data within quantitative economic models to give Britain’s livestock businesses, and their associated value chains, the tools and results that can best ensure they are Brexit-Ready. Information on potential markets, trade deals, policy scenarios and regulations will be scoped out to develop a range of scenarios for testing. To account for consumer retail price response, market adjustments will be estimated via an autonomous partial-equilibrium retail-value-chain-meat farm-livestock market model. For farms with livestock enterprises, a range of profit/loss and balance sheet metrics will be identified under different scenarios of protection/support and farm gate prices; this will establish Brexit-survival thresholds for different business structures. The PhD will identify different business tipping points in the value chain that might cause a collapse of the entire chain to identify vulnerable producers/sub-regions in particular policy and market scenarios. The robustness of the results will be sensitivity tested to quantify the impacts of different policies, outcomes and strategies. The outcomes of this PhD will be: i) Brexit-ready strategies for UK livestock farmers; ii) information on downstream impacts; iii) a bespoke Brexit modelling approach of direct relevance to AHDB levy-payers.


This is a fully funded (fees and stipend), industry sponsored PhD studentship.


Keyword Search
Agriculture, Economics, Business, Livestock, Farming, Modelling


Award Start Date: 01/10/2018


Duration of Award: 36


Terms and Conditions


This position is restricted to UK and EU nationals who meet the residence criteria.


Applicant Qualification Requirements


Applicant must have, or expect to receive, a 2.1 or 1st honors degree or distinction or high merit Masters, in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Agricultural Business Management or Agriculture (specialising in Business Management) or similar relevant area.


How to Apply

Application consists of cover letter and CV (no more than two A4 pages; a transcript of module marks achieved at the time of submission, and contact details for three professional referees), please highlight your interest, skills, experience and/or knowledge relevant to this project, sent directly to Informal inquiries to

Closing Date: open

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