Dr Andrew Barnes

Reader in Innovation and Behavioural Change
Policy, Innovation and Behaviours
Land Economy, Environment and Society

Research interests 

My 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.

Selected research projects

  • IPO (2014) 
    The effect of patents on the innovation dynmaics of the UK plant breeding sector
  • NERC (2014)   
    Uptake of innovative behaviours in the wheat sector
  • Defra (2014)
    A Rapid Evidence Assessment of farmer compensation schemes on Animal Disease reporting behaviour
  • Defra (2014)
    An economic evaluation framework for Crop and Horticulture R&D Projects
  • EU (2012-2015)
    FACCE JPI Knowledge Hub on Climate change risk assessment for European agriculture and food security (MACSUR), EU & BBSRC

PhD students

  • Sam Beechener (2013-2017)
    Co-learning and co-innovation to achieve impact in research: informing technology transfer in Scotland and New Zealand (Joint with AgResearch, New Zealand)
  • Amar Daxini (2014-2018)
    Farmer decision making in relation to nutrient management (Joint with Teagasc)
  • Conor Carty (2012-2015)
    Perceptions towards sustainable intensification
  • 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
  • Edna Can (2016-2020)
    Innovation and uptake for beef farmers (Joint with University of Edinburgh)

Selected publications

  • Barnes, A.P., Moxey, A.M., Vosough Ahmadi, B, Borthwick, F. (2015). The effect of animal health compensation on 'positive' behaviours towards exotic disease reporting and implementing biosecurity: a review, a synthesis and a research agenda. Preventative Veterinary Medicine 122 (1-2), 42–52
  • Barnes, A.P., Lucas, A.M., Maio, G.M. (2016).  Quantifying ambivalence towards sustainble intensification.  An exploration of the UK public’s attitudes towards food security experts.  Food Security (forthcoming)
  • Barnes, A.P. (2016).  Can’t get there from here:  attainable distance, sustainable intensification and full scale technical potential.  Regional Environmental Change (forthcoming).
  • 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.
  • Moran, D., Lucas, A. and Barnes, A.P. (2013).  Mitigation win-wins. Nature Climate Change.      Nature Climate Change  3,  611–613.

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Dr Andrew Barnes

Team Leader - Behavioural Change & Innovation

Address: 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