Jonathan Rushton's blog

Livestock dialogue

Livestock and livestock products are criticized for contributing to unhealthy diets, climate change and competition over grains. Mixed with concerns about animal welfare and a recent string of food safety scandals, it sometimes appears that the world would be better off without livestock.

The opposite is true. We need livestock, animals that we use for food and other products and as a component of mixed farming worldwide. By turning our attention away from livestock, we risk missing out on large development opportunities.

Job vacancy - Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming

The University of Wyoming is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Professor with expertise in one or more of the following areas: agribusiness marketing, sales, or management; agricultural market structure and performance; agricultural supply chain management; U.S. or international food or agricultural distribution systems. The position will be located in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

2nd NEAT Network Meeting

The 2nd NEAT Network Meeting is approaching and will be hosted by Wageningen University.

It will take place in Wageningen, The Netherlands from Tuesday 14 to Wednesday 15 October 2014. Please remember that all NEAT partner institutions are requested to attend this meeting. The exact meeting address, dinner location and accommodation tips are included here.

2-year-post-doc at CIRAD Guadeloupe

There is a position available in CIRAD Guadeloupe (2 years post-doc) for an economist specialized in animal health (economic study to evaluate the costs of animal infectious diseases in the Caribbean, to further evaluate benefits of surveillance/control strategies). The deadline for application is 8 July 2014 and the date of start is 1 September 2014.

More information can be accessed here:

Economics: The user's guide

Dear All

Keith Howe produced a thoughtful and eloquent blog and as a follow up to this I want to draw people's attention to the work of Ha-Joon Chang an economist based at Cambridge University and an influential thinker globally. I requested that Dr Chang contributes to the NEAT blog and his suggestion was to direct people to the following webpage "Its time to demystify economics":

Walsh PhD Fellowship Opportunity in Agri-Food Economics

The requirements for this position are as follows:

Applicants should have at least a II.I honours degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics or an equivalent qualification. A Masters degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics or an equivalent qualification is desirable. The successful candidate must be highly self-motivated and be and capable of extended periods of self-directed independent work. A full EU driving licence is desirable.


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