Dr Andrew Barnes

Research Interests

Andrew BarnesMy research interest focuses on capturing the impacts of policy change and farmer behaviour at the farm and catchment level within a modelling framework.   Work has been conducted on a variety of topics within this area, particularly in terms of understanding attitudes, motivations and perceptions of farmers toward environmental issues. Whereas some of this work encompasses qualitative methods, such as citizen's juries, the main thrust has been towards quantitative modelling. This includes traditional linear programming based methods, but also applications using positive mathematical programming and agent-based modelling frameworks. Another strong thread to my research is the measurement of efficiency and sustainability metrics using longitudinal data, and I have adjusted productivity indicators for non-economic factors, such as animal welfare and environmental impact.  In addition to this, I have conducted a number of evaluations for Government agencies. These include the public funding of agricultural R&D, food chain productivity and changes to the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone action plans within Scotland.

PhD Students

  • Sam Beechener (2013-2017) - Co-learning and co-innovation to achieve impact in research: informing technology transfer in Scotland and New Zealand
  • Amar Daxini (2014-2018) - Farmer decision making in relation to nutrient management
  • Conor Carty (2012-2015) - Perceptions towards sustainable intensification
  • Abbie Clare (2011-2014) - Competing uses of biomass: The role for biochar
  • Stephanie Graf (2011-2014) - Transition to low carbon economy: Behaviours within rural industry
  • Bethan Thompson (2014-2017) - Impact of information on food waste in the Scottish dairy supply chain

Research Projects

  • Defra (2014): The effect of compensation mechanisms of reporting behaviours for exotic disease.
  • Defra (2014): An economic evaluation framework for Crop and Horticulture R&D Projects
  • Defra (2013-2016): Sustainable Intensification Platform 1 (Integrated farm management, productivity metrics)
  • Defra (2013): Sustainable Intensification Platform 3 (Farm level decision-making and behaviours)
  • EU(2014-2017): INCOME: Ghg Perceptions and Behvaiours of Dairy Farmers
  • FACCE JPI (2012-2015): Knowledge Hub on Climate change risk assessment for European agriculture and food security (MACSUR), EU & BBSRC
  • LUPG (2011-12): Alternative payment approaches for non-economic farming systems delivering environmental public goods
  • Rerad(2011): The productivity of Scottish agriculture
  • Defra(2009): A report on agricultural efficiency at the farm level in the UK and EU Member States 2002 - 2008/09; country and farm type comparisons
  • Defra(2008): Mitigation of Environmental Impacts of Out-Wintering Beef and Dairy Cattle Sacrifice Areas
  • Rerad(2008): Ex-Post Evalution of the Scottish Rural Development Plan, 2000-2006
  • Rerad(2008): Evaluation of the Scottish Beef Calf Scheme (Article 69)
  • Defra (2008): Effects Of Partial Decoupling In The EU On The Agricultural Single Market
  • Defra (2007): BAU III: Future Scenarios for Forecasting Agriculture (with ADAS)
  • Defra: The rationale for Defra investment in R&D underpinning the genetic improvement of crops and animals
  • Scottish Government: Assessing Farmer Attitudes towards Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Scotland
  • Defra: Study on Food Chain Productivity Incorporating External Impacts
  • Scottish Government: An Assessment of the Economic, Social and Animal Welfare Issues of Organic versus Conventional Dairying using a Citizen's Jury Methodology
  • Defra: The Scope for Regulation in the Efficiency of Resource Use
  • Scottish Government: Benchmarking Multi-Functionality within Scottish Farming

Selected Publications

  • Hyland, J.J., Jones, D.L., Parkhill, K.A., Barnes, A.P. Prysor Williams, A. (2015). Farmers’ perceptions of climate change: identifying types. Agriculture and Human Values (forthcoming)
  • Guillem, E.E., Murray-Rust, D., Robinson,D.T., Barnes, A.P., and Rounsevell, M.D.A. (2015). Modelling farmer decision-making to anticipate tradeoffs between provisioning ecosystem services and biodiversity. Agricultural Systems 137, 12-23.
  • Prokopy, L.S., Arbuckle, J.G., Barnes, A.P., Haden, V.R., Hogan, A.,. Niles, M.T., Tyndall, J. (2015). Farmers and Climate Change: A Cross-National Comparison of Beliefs and Risk Perceptions in High-Income Countries.  Environmental Management (forthcoming),
  • Clare, A., Gou, Y-Q; Barnes, A.P., Shackley, S., Smallman, T., Wang, W., Jiang, D.; Jia, L,  (2015).  Should China subsidise cofiring to meet its 2020 bioenergy target?  A spatio-techno-economic analysis. GCB-Bioenergy (forthcoming).
  • Bouda Vosough Ahmadi, Dominic Moran, Barnes, A.P., Philippe V Baret (2015).  Comparing decision-support systems in adopting sustainable intensification criteria. Frontiers (forthcoming).
  • Garcia De Jalon, S., Inglesias, A., Barnes, A.P. (2015). Adoption of farm-level adaptation in Africa: a review of recent research and an adoption index.  Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change (forthcoming).
  • Vosough Ahmadi, B., Shrestha, S.S., Thomson, S.G., Barnes, A.P., Stott, A.S. (2015). Impact of greening the Common Agricultural Policy on Scottish beef and sheep farms. Journal of Agricultual Science 153(4), pp 676 – 688
  • Glenk, K., Eory, V., Colombo, S. and  Barnes, A.P. (2014). Adoption of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in agriculture: An analysis of dairy farmers perceptions and adoption. Ecological Economics 108, 49-58.
  • Toma, L., Barnes, A.P., Reverdho-Giha, C.,  Tsitoni, V. and Glenk, K. (2014).  A behavioural economics analysis of the impact of information and knowledge on CO2 capture and storage acceptance in the European Union.  Procedia Economics and Finance 14, 605-614.
  • Clare, A., Barnes, A.P., McDonagh, J. and Shackley, S. (2014). The Agricultural Economics of Biochar: Evidence from Four Chinese Provinces. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability12(4), 440-458.
  • Barnes, A.P. and Thomson, S.G. (2014).  Deriving an index of sustainable intensification: How far can secondary data go.  Ecological Indicators 36, 213-220.
  • Moran, D., Lucas, A. and Barnes, A.P. (2013).  Mitigation win-wins. Nature Climate Change.  July 2013.
  • Barnes, A.P., Islam, M. and Toma, L. (2013). Heterogeneity in Climate Change Risk Perception amongst Dairy Farmers: A Latent Class Clustering Analysis. Applied Geography 41, 105-115.
  • Shortall, O. and Barnes, A.P. (2013).  Greenhouse gas emissions and the technical efficiency of dairy farmers. Ecological Indicators 29, 478-488.
  • Barnes, A.P., McCalman, H. and Buckingham, S. (2013).  The role of environmental risk perceptions in the adoption of outwintering cattle strategies. Journal of Environmental Management 129, 9-17.
  • Islam, M., Barnes, A.P. and Toma, L. (2013). Climate Change scepticism among farmers. Journal of Environmental Psychology 34, 137-150.
  • Barnes, A.P., Willock, J., Toma, L. (2013).  Comparing a ‘budge’ to a ‘nudge’: farmer responses to voluntary and compulsory compliance in water quality management regimes. Journal of Rural Studies, 32,  448-459
  • Guillem, E.E. and Barnes, A.P. (2013).  Farmers perceptions of bird conservation and farming management at a catchment level.  Land Use Policy 31, 565-575.
  • Barnes, A.P. and Toma, L. (2012).  A typology of dairy farmer perceptions towards climate change.  Climatic Change 112(2), 507-522.
  • Guillem, E.E., Barnes, A.P., Rounsevell, M. and Renwick, A. (2012). Refining perception-based farmer typologies with the analysis of past land use change. Journal of Environmental Management 110 (15), 226-235.
  • Guillem, E.E., Barnes, A.P., Rounsevell, M. and Renwick, A. (2012).  Farmer-induced land-use change and its impact on farmland bird populations. Aspects of Applied Biology 93, 193-197.
  • Guillem E.E., Murray-Rust D., Robinson D.T., Barnes A.P., Rounsevell MDA (2011). The effects of farmers perceptions and objectives on land use change and ecosystem services: The case of a Scottish arable catchment. In: Landscape Ecology and Ecosystem Services. IALE (UK)
  • Barnes, A.P., Rutherford, K.M.D., Langford, F.M. and Haskell, M.J. (2011).  The impact of lameness prevalence on dairy farm level technical efficiency: An adjusted data envelopment analysis approach, Journal of Dairy Science, Vol. 94, Issue 11, 5449-5457.
  • Sutherland, L-A., Barnes, A.P., McCrum, G., Blackstock, K. and Toma, L.  (2011).  Towards a cross-sectoral analysis of land use decision-making:  Evidence from Scotland. Landscape and Urban Planning 100 (2011) 1–10
  • Moran, D., Macleod, M., Wall, E., Eory, V., McVittie, A., Barnes, A.P. et al. (2011).  Marginal abatement cost curves for UK agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. Journal of Agricultural Economics  62 (1) 93-119.
  • Barnes, A.P., Willock, J., Toma, L. and Hall, C (2011).  Utilising a farmer typology to understand farmer behaviour towards water quality management: Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Scotland. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 54 (4) 477-482.
  • Moran, D., MacLeod, M., Eory, V., Rees, R.M., Barnes A.P., et al. (2011).  Developing carbon budgets for UK agriculture, land-use, land-use change and forestry out to 2022 . Climatic Change 105:529-553.
  • Barnes, A.P., Wrerford, A., Butterworth, M., Seminov, M., Moran, D. Evans, N. and Fitt, B.D.L.  (2010).  Adaptation to increasing severity of phoma stem canker on winter oilseed rape in the UK under climate change.  Journal of Agricultural Science, 148, 683–694.
  • MacLeod, M., Moran, D., Eory, V., Rees, R.M., Barnes A.P., et al. (2010).  Mitigation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture: A UK Perspective. EuroChoices 9(3)
  • MacLeod, M., Moran, D., Eory, V., Rees, R.M., Barnes A.P., et al. (2010).  Developing greenhouse gas marginal abatement emissions from crops and soils in the UK.  Agricultural Systems 103 (2010) 198–209
  • Evans, N., Butterworth, M., Barnes, A.P., Moran, D. and Fitt, B. (2010).   The impact of climate change on disease constraints on production of oilseed rape.  Journal of Food Security 2 (2), 143-156
  • Butterworth,  M., Semenov, M., Barnes, A.P., Moran, D. Fitt, B. (2010).   North-South Divide: Contrasting Impacts of Crop Disease in Scotland and England.  Journal of the Royal Society: Interface 7, 123-130.
  • Barnes, A.P., Willock, J. Hall, C. and Toma, L.  (2009).  Farmer perspectives and practices regarding water pollution control programmes in Scotland. Agricultural Water Management, 96, pp. 1715-1722.
  • Toma, L., Barnes, A.P. and Renwick, A.  (2009). The trade and environmental impacts of the abolition of milk qoutas in Scotland.  Annals of Applied Biology 93, Integrated Agricultural Systems: Methodologies, Modelling and Measuring, pp.  81 – 83.
  • Macleod, M., Moran, D., Barnes, A.P. et. al. (2009).  Moving from reactive to proactive modelling of greenhouse gas mitigation.  Annals of Applied Biology 93, Integrated Agricultural Systems: Methodologies, Modelling and Measuring, pp.  31-37.
  • Butterworth, M., Semenov, M., Barnes, A. P., Moran, D., West, J. and Fitt, B. (2009) North-south divide; contrasting impacts of climate change on crop yields in Scotland and England. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, May.
  • Barnes, A.P., Vergunst, P. and Topp, C.F.E.  (2009). Assessing the Consumer Perception of the Term ‘Organic’: A Citizens' Jury Approach.  British Food Journal 111 (2), 155-164.
  • Barnes, A.P., Moran, D.M., and Topp, C.F.E.  (2009).   The Scope for Regulatory Incentives to Encourage Increased Efficiency of N Input Use by Farmers. Journal of Environmental Management, 90, 808-814.
  • Barnes, A.P.  (2008).  Technical Efficiency Estimates for Scottish Agriculture: A Note.  Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 59.2 , 370-376.
  • Barnes, A.P. (2006).  Does Multi-functionality affect Technical Efficiency.  Journal of Environmental Management 80 , 287-294.

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Dr Andrew Barnes

Team Leader - Behavioural Change & Innovation

Address: Carbon Management Centre and Land Economy, Environment & Society, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4042

E-mail: andrew.barnes@sruc.ac.uk