Alan Swinbank

Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Reading

After school in North Manchester, Professor Swinbank worked as a farm labourer in Surrey for a year before university. Professor Swinbank studied at the University of Reading (BSc Agricultural Economics), McMaster University (MA Economics) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD Economics, University of London). He then worked for four years as a junior administrator for the Commission of the European Communities in Brussels, in DG VI (the Directorate-General for Agriculture). He returned to the University of Reading in 1977 as a lecturer in Agricultural Economics, and was appointed to the chair in Agricultural Economics in 1988. Although he ‘retired’ in 2008, he is still actively engaged in research. He is also available to undertake consultancy projects


9 March 2017
As the UK and EU27 prepare to define the terms of their future trade relationship, this post raises some critical questions regarding post-Brexit agricultural trade . With the United Kingdom set to leave the European Union – “Brexit” – and Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the United States from the...