Hi I'm
Vera Eory

  • Position: Climate Change Researcher
  • Location: Edinburgh Campus
  • Expertise:
    • Agriculture, Crops and Soils
    • Climate, Environment and Wildlife
    • Natural Economy
    • Policy

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I am an interdisciplinary researcher working on agriculture and sustainability. In my work I have been focusing on improving the sustainability of agricultural production, with a specific focus on greenhouse gas emissions and more recently reactive nitrogen pollution.

I use interdisciplinary approaches to explore farming systems and practices, utilising methods and knowledge from natural sciences, economics and social sciences. I have been developing integrated assessment tools for cost-effective GHG mitigation in agriculture (marginal abatement cost curves) to support national policy making. I am involved in integrated ex ante farm modelling looking at the agronomic, environmental and economics effects of changing farm practices.

To understand potential pathways towards sustainable food systems I have been doing research on farmers decisions related to low-carbon farming practice adoption and ex post policy assessment, for example participatory extension programmes.

Hand-in-hand with research activities I regularly provide policy advice in Scotland, in the UK and in the European Union. I closely collaborate with agricultural advisors in Scotland and engage in stakeholder and expert group activities in the topic of agriculture and the environment.

Areas of expertise and interests

  • Agriculture, Crops and Soils
  • Climate, Environment and Wildlife
  • Natural Economy
  • Policy

I'm currently working on

  • What influences the nitrogen use efficiency of crop production in South Asia
  • What makes farmers in Europe adopt practices which reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • How much Scottish agriculture can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions
  • How farmers make cattle breeding and mating decisions

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