Dr Luiza Toma

Research Interests

I am an applied economist specialising in agri-environmental economics (MSc and PhD) and statistics, informatics and economic modelling (BSc). Before joining SRUC I worked for the Agricultural Economics Institute of the Romanian Academy and completed my PhD at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In addition I have been involved as a consultant in policy-oriented projects on the economics of environment, agricultural trade and rural development for the World Bank, European Commission, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

My main research interests are economic modelling of the linkages between trade, animal health and welfare, and the environment; empirical analysis of environmental efficiency and efficiency of knowledge and innovation transfer; and behavioural economics applied to land and water use, climate change, food waste and recycling, consumption of higher welfare and healthy food products, uptake of animal disease control technologies.

Current Projects

Currently I am involved in projects funded by the Scottish Government and ESRC DFID:

  • Agricultural knowledge systems (WP4.1 - Scottish Government RESAS Research Programme 2011-2016)
  • Animal welfare and land use (WP6.3 - Scottish Government RESAS Research Programme 2011-2016)
  • Evaluation of the multiple environmental impacts of dairy farming systems (WP4.2 – Capacity Building Project - Scottish Government RESAS Research Programme 2011-2016)
  • Economic forecasting and behaviours (M4 WP4.2 - Centre of Expertise on Animal Health, Scottish Government RESAS 2011-2016)
  • Assessing the contribution of the dairy sector to economic growth and food security in Malawi (ESRC DFID, 2012-2015)

Completed Projects

  • UK Department for International Development DFID (2010) Analysis of impacts of the EU’s export refunds on developing countries since 2003
  • Food Standard Agency (2011) ‘Feasibility of introducing methods in the UK for reducing shedding of E. coli O157 in cattle’ (role: quantitative behavioural economics work - workshops, large scale survey, statistical and econometric analysis of database, behavioural economics modelling)
  • RERAD (2006-2011) ‘Sustainable farming systems’
  • RERAD (2006-2011) 'Animal welfare implications'
  • RERAD (2008-2009) ‘Changing Land Use in Rural Scotland – Drivers and Decision-Making’
  • RERAD (2008) ‘Assessing the Economic Impact of Different Bluetongue Virus (BTV) Incursion Scenarios in Scotland’
  • RERAD (2007) ‘Implementing the Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Scotland: Farming Practices and Awareness’
  • RERAD (2006) ‘Nitrate Vulnerable Zone Action Programme Regulations. Regulatory Impact Assessment’
  • DEFRA (2010) ‘Market segmentation in the agriculture sector: climate change’
  • DEFRA (2009-2010) ‘An integrated approach to biosecurity on UK cattle and sheep farms; evaluating existing measures for endemic diseases against exotic threats – Extension’
  • DEFRA (2008-2011) ‘Re-designing the farrowing environment from first principles to optimise animal welfare and economic performance’
  • European Commission FP5th (2005) ‘Low Input Animal Production Based on Forage Legumes for Grazing Systems’
  • European Commission FP6th (2007-2010) ‘Development of improved tools for detection of paratuberculosis in livestock, M. paratuberculosis in food and for the assessment of the risk of human exposure

PhD Students

  • Bethan Thompson - Impact of information on food waste in the Scottish dairy supply chain (2014-2018)
  • Conor Carty - Perceptions towards sustainable intensification (2012-2015)

Selected Publications

  • Toma, L., Low, J.C., Ahmadi, B.V., Matthews, L., Stott, A.W. 2014. An analysis of cattle farmers’ perceptions of drivers and barriers to uptake Escherichia Coli O157 on farm control. Epidemiology & Infection (in press)
  • Toma, L., March, M., Stott, A.W., Roberts, D., 2013. Environmental Efficiency of Alternative Dairy Systems: A Productive Efficiency Approach. Journal of Dairy Science 96(11), 7014–7031
  • Revoredo-Giha, C., Philippidis, G., Toma, L., Renwick, A., 2013. The impact of EU export refunds on the African continent: An impact assessment. Journal of Development Studies 49(12), 1651-1675
  • Toma, L., Stott, A.W., Heffernan, C., Ringrose, S., Gunn, G.J., 2013. Determinants of biosecurity behaviour of British cattle and sheep farmers – a behavioural economics analysis. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 108(4), 321–333
  • Islam, M., Barnes, A., Toma, L., 2013. An Investigation into Climate Change Scepticism among Farmers. Journal of Environmental Psychology 34 (2013), 137-150
  • Barnes, A.P., Islam, M., Toma, L., 2013. Heterogeneity in Climate Change Risk Perception amongst Dairy Farmers: A Latent Class Clustering Analysis. Applied Geography 41 (2013) 105-115
  • Barnes, A., Toma, L., Willock, J., Hall, C., 2013. Comparing a ‘budge’ to a ‘nudge’: Farmer responses to voluntary and compulsory compliance in a water quality management regime. Journal of Rural Studies 32, 448–459
  • Toma, L., Stott, A.W., Revoredo-Giha, C., Kupiec-Teahan, B., 2012. Consumers and animal welfare: a comparison between European Union countries. Appetite 58, 597-607
  • Barnes, A., Toma, L., 2012. A typology of dairy farmer perceptions towards climate change, Climatic Change 112(2), 507-522
  • Sutherland, L.-A., Barnes, A., McCrum, G., Blackstock, K., Toma, L., 2011. Towards a Cross-Sectoral Analysis of Land Use Decision-Making in Scotland, Landscape and Urban Planning Volume 100(1-2), 1-10
  • Toma, L., McVittie, A., Hubbard, C., Stott, A., 2011. A structural equation model of the factors influencing British consumers’ behaviour towards animal welfare. Journal of Food Products Marketing 17(2), 261 - 278

Dr Luiza Toma


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

Telephone: 0131 535 4394

Fax: 01315354345

E-mail: luiza.toma@sruc.ac.uk