Prof. Andrew Barnes

I am an applied economist with around 25 years experience working on topics related to agricultural and rural policy. I have a wide portfolio of interests around metrics and measurement for sustainability and understanding behavioural change for the uptake of technologies and approaches within farming and overall food systems. I have conducted work with a number of agencies, including the Scottish Government, Defra and for the EU around the direct and indirect costs of animal health and their intervention, the impact of climate change on animal health and policies to support this and the co-benefits of animal health, productivity and greenhouse gas emissions. I also work on farmer intentions under policy uncertainty such as CAP reform and Brexit and how this can affect behaviours. Along with the development and application of economic and econometric tools I also work in multi-disciplinary environments and am an advocate of mixed methods approaches to solve global wicked problems. I lead the Rural Economy, Environment and Society Department at SRUC composed of around 50 economists, social scientists, ecologists and natural scientists, as well as policy analysts working on multiple topics affecting land and food production, supply and consumption.


Barnes, A. P., Thomson, S. G., & Ferreira, J. (2020). Disadvantage and economic viability: characterising vulnerabilities and resilience in upland farming systems. Land Use Policy, 96, 104698

Liu, J., Toma, L., Barnes, A. P., & Stott, A. (2019). Farmers’ uptake of animal health and welfare technological innovations. Implications for animal health policies. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 6, 410

Leinonen,I., Iannetta, P.P.M., Rees, R.M., Russell,W., Watson, C., Barnes, A.P. (2019) Lysine Supply is a Critical Factor in Achieving Sustainable Global Protein Economy. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

Barnes, A.P., Soto,I., Eory, V, Beck,B., Balafoutis, A., Sánchez, B., Vangeyte, J., Fountas, S.J., van der Wal, T., Gómez-Barbero, M. (2019). . Exploring the adoption of precision agricultural technologies: A cross regional study of EU farmers. Land Use Policy 80, 163-174.

McGechan, M.B.. Barnes, A.P., Fyuchan. R., Marley, C.M. (2017)., A simulation modelling study of water pollution caused by outwintering of cows. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture,142, pp 397-405.

Balafoutis, A. Beck B., Fountas, S.,Vangeyte, J., van der Wal, T., Soto-Embodas, I., Gómez-Barbero, M., Barnes A.P., Eory, V. (2017). Precision Agriculture Technologies positively contributing to GHG emissions mitigation, farm productivity and economics. Sustainability 9(8), 1339

Wilkes, A., Barnes,A.P., Baival, B. et al., (2017). Is cross-breeding with indigenous sheep breeds an option for climate-smart agriculture?. Small Ruminant Research 147, 83-88.

Garcia De Jalon, S., Silvestri, S. and Barnes, A,P, (2017). The potential for adoption of climate smart agricultural practices in Sub-Saharan livestock systems. Regional Environmental Change 17, 399-410

Barnes, A.P., Guillam, E. and Murray-Rust, D. Scaling up and out: Agent-based modelling to include farmer regimes. In

Shrestha, S.S., Barnes, A.P. and Vosburgh-Ahmadi, B. (2016). (eds). Farm Level Modelling: Techniques, Applications and Policy. CABI, Oxford, pp. 147-155

Shrestha, S.S., Barnes, A.P. and Vosburgh-Ahmadi, B. (2016). (eds). Farm Level Modelling: Techniques, Applications and Policy. CABI, Oxford.

Hyland JJ, Jones DL, Parkhill KA, Barnes AP, Williams AP (2016) Farmers’ perceptions of climate change: identifying types. Agriculture and Human Values 33, 323-339

Barnes, A,P., Sutherland, L-A, Toma, L., Matthews, K and Thomson, S.G. (2016). The effect of the Common Agricultural Policy reforms on intentions towards food production: evidence from livestock farmers. Land Use Policy 50, 548-558

Barnes, A.P., Moxey, A.M., Vosough Ahmadi, B, Borthwick, F. (2015). The effect of animal health compensation on 'positive' behaviours towards exotic disease reporting and implementing biosecurity: a review, a synthesis and a research agenda. Preventative Veterinary Medicine 122 (1-2), 42–52

Vosough Ahmadi, B., Shrestha, S.S., Thomson, S.G., Barnes, A.P., Stott, A.S. (2015). Impact of greening the Common Agricultural Policy on Scottish beef and sheep farms. Journal of Agricultual Science 153(4), pp 676 – 688

Glenk, K., Eory, V., Colombo, S. and Barnes, A.P. (2014). Adoption of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in agriculture: An analysis of dairy farmers perceptions and adoption. Ecological Economics 108, 49-58.

Moran, D., Lucas, A. and Barnes, A.P. (2013). Mitigation win-wins. Nature Climate Change. Nature Climate Change 3, 611–613.

Barnes, A.P., Islam, M. and Toma, L. (2013). Heterogeneity in Climate Change Risk Perception amongst Dairy Farmers: A Latent Class Clustering Analysis. Applied Geography 41, 105-115.

Shortall, O. and Barnes, A.P. (2013). Greenhouse gas emissions and the technical efficiency of dairy farmers. Ecological Indicators 29, 478-488.

Barnes, A.P., McCalman, H. and Buckingham, S. (2013). The role of environmental risk perceptions in the adoption of outwintering cattle strategies. Journal of Environmental Management 129, 9-17.

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