To see all content, you will need the current version of Adobe Flash Player to view it.

Home Publications The Bond Scheme 


Professor Alan SwinbankConsultant & Academic

Thank you for visiting my old website.Its contents have now been moved to a new should result in an improved display on tablets and mobile phones. This old site will not be updated. 20 July 2017Emeritus Professor of Agricultural EconomicsSchool of Agriculture, Policy and Development, University of ReadingEarley Gate, Whiteknights Road, Reading RG6 6AR, United Kingdom OR University Food Symposium, December 2015 After school in North Manchester I worked as a farm labourer in Surrey for a year before university. I studied at the University of Reading (BSc Agricultural Economics), McMaster University (MA Economics) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD Economics, University of London). I then worked for four years as a junior administrator for the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels, in DG VI (the Directorate-General for Agriculture). I returned to the University of Reading in 1977 as a lecturer in Agricultural Economics, and was appointed to the chair in Agricultural Economics in 1988. Although I ‘retired’ in 2008, I am still actively engaged in research. I am also available to undertake consultancy projects.Experience:My research has focussed on the farm and food policies of the European Union (EU), particularly its common agricultural policy (CAP) and more recently bioenergy, and the process of trade liberalisation in these products under the auspices of the WTO (World Trade Organization). I have written, lectured and advised extensively on these topics. A list of recent publications can be found here.In recent years I have undertaken work for the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), the Commonwealth Secretariat, ICTSD (the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development), IFPRI (the International Food Policy Research Institute), CEPS (the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels), the UK's Food and Drink Federation (FDF), the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), the European Parliament, various UK government departments including Defra and Dfid, and Tate & Lyle Sugars. I have advised Select Committees in both Houses of the UK parliament.I was a member of the working party chaired by Wyn Grant that prepared a report — The implications of ‘BREXIT’ for UK agriculture — for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. That report, published February 2016, can be accessed here.I am a Past President (2009-10) of the Agricultural Economics Society research preoccupations include:* Exploring the UK's agricultural and trade policy options following the country's referendum vote to leave the EU (Brexit)* Explaining the 2013 recalibration of the CAP, and preparing for its next (2020) ‘reform’* Understanding the influence of the GATT and the EEC on UK governments’ farm policy deliberations in the 1960sVideo Clips:House of Commons, 19 January 2011. A video of my evidence to the Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs can be viewed here (second witness): January 2013, at The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA), Stockholm. An International Symposium to celebrate KSLA’s 200th Anniversary. My presentation entitled The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, 1973-2013: A policy reformed, or just more of the same?, can be seen here: December 2015. A video of my presentation to City University's Food Symposium on UK, Food and Europe: The food implications of Brexit can be seen here9 September 2016. A video of the presentation of my report (The Interactions Between the EU's External Action and the Common Agricultural Policy) to the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development can be viewed here (just over an hour into the meeting).19 September 2016. A video stream of my evidence session (shared with Alan Matthews) to the External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee of the National Assembly of Wales for their enquiry Leaving the European Union: Implications for Wales - International Law and Trade, can be seen here (the second evidence session, running from 0.53 to 1.32)25 January 2017. A video clip of my evidence session to the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee for their enquiry on Brexit and agriculture, together with Wyn Grant and Allan Wilkinson, can be seen here.xxxxxxLast updated 21 June 2017