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Vera Eory

Environmental economist
Sustainable Ecosystems
Land Economy, Environment & Society

Research interests 

My work focuses on improving the sustainability of agricultural production through solutions aimed at balancing the services and dis-services generated by agriculture. Using interdisciplinary approaches I contribute to the development of integrated assessment tools for cost-effective greenhouse gas mitigation in agriculture, integrated ex ante biological and economic modelling of farming, ex post assessment of agri-environmental policies and farmers’ adoption of technologies.
I have made contributions to inform EU, Scottish and UK Government bodies on climate change policy development, and worked closely with agricultural advisors in Scotland on farm advice on low GHG emission practices.

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Selected research projects

  • Genomic management Tools to Optimise Resilience and Efficiency (GenTORE), H2020 (2017-2022)Developing innovative genome-enabled selection and management tools to optimise cattle resilience and efficiency in widely varying environments across Europe.
  • Great Soils Research to deliver Greenhouse Gas REmovals and Abatement Technologies (Soils-R-GGREAT), NERC (2017-2021)
    Comprehensive global assessment of the potential, feasibility, barriers and impacts of soil-based greenhouse gas removal options.
  • Productive and sustainable land management and rural economies, Scottish Government, RESAS (2016-2021)
    Assessing alternative practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farming and to enhance nutrient and energy recycling in the food supply chain.
  • Review and update the UK agriculture MACC to assess the abatement potential for the 5th carbon budget period and to 2050, Committee on Climate Change (2015)
    Assessing the cost-effective agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation potential in the UK between 2012 and 2032.
  • Mainstreaming climate change into rural development policy post 2013, European Commission DG Climate Action (2014)
    Support the implementation of climate change related policies in the EU Rural Development Programmes (RDPs) 2014-2020.


I contribute to the MSc Ecological Economics course with dissertation supervision, occasional lectures and marking.

PhD students

  • Jessica Finan
    Spatial econometric modelling of land use systems and ecosystem services
  • Jorie Knook
    Evaluation of participatory extension prgrammes relaed to climate change mitigation activities in the agricultural sector in Scotland and New Zealand
  • Jay Burns
    Modelling short and long-term resilience and effeciency of cattle production
  • Noha Mahmoud
    The socioeconomic and environmental aspects of agriculture: a spatial perspective on changing production practices

Selected publications


See all of Vera Eory's publications.

Vera Eory

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

Telephone: 0131 535 4313