Dr Luiza Toma

Senior Economist
Policy, Innovation and Behavioural Change
Land Economy, Environment and Society

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; 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.

Selected research projects

  • Preventing food waste (Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021).
  • Economic Analysis of the Implications, Risks, and Opportunities to the Scottish Livestock Industry Resulting from a Changing Local and International Policy Environment (Scottish Government Centre of Expertise on Animal Disease Outbreaks 2016-2021).
  • Food trade and consumption (Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021).
  • Implementing sustainable diets in Europe (Defra – ERA-NET 2014-2017).
  • Raising awareness towards animal welfare and environmentally friendly farming (Scottish Funding Council 2016).


  • Alternative approaches to economic behaviour (part of the Foundations in Ecological Economics, Ecological Economics MSc Programme, University of Edinburgh).
  • Globalisation and food Security (part of the Frameworks to Assess Food Security, Food Security MSc Programme, University of Edinburgh).
  • Trade and the Environment (part of the Foundations in Ecological Economics, Ecological Economics MSc Programme, University of Edinburgh).

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., Barnes, A., Sutherland, L-A, Thomson, S., Burnett, F., Mathews, K. 2016. Impact of information transfer on farmers' uptake of innovative crop technologies. A structural equation model applied to survey data. Journal of Technology Transfer (forthcoming).
  • March, M., Toma, L., Stott, A.W., Roberts, D., 2016. Modelling phosphorus efficiency within diverse dairy farming systems - pollutant and non-renewable resource?. Ecological Indicators 69, 667-676.
  • Sutherland, L-A., Toma, L., Barnes, A., Mathews, K., Hopkins, J. 2016. Agri-environmental diversification: Examining the relationship between environmental, forestry and renewable energy engagement on Scottish farms. Journal of Rural Studies 47, 10–20.
  • Toma, L., Low, J.C., Ahmadi, B.V., Matthews, L., Stott, A.W. 2015. An analysis of cattle farmers’ perceptions of drivers and barriers to on-farm control of Escherichia coli O157. Epidemiology and Infection 143(11), 2355–2366.
  • 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.

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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