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Professor Ian Hodge

Professor Ian Hodge

Professor of Rural Economy,

Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge


Professor Ian Hodge's research and teaching is primarily in the areas of rural governance, land and environmental management and agricultural and environmental policy.  His current research is focussing on agri-environment mechanisms, property institutions and neoliberalism, and largescale conservation initiatives.

He is currently Professor of Rural Economy in the Department of Land Economy and he was Head of the Department of Land Economy between 2002-2011. He has a background in agricultural economics and rural planning and previously worked at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Queensland before coming to Cambridge in 1983.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and past President of the Agricultural Economics Society. 


  • institutions and the governance of the countryside
  • rural development and land use
  • environmental management
  • agri-environmental policy
  • rural economic change
  • rural policy analysis and evaluation