BA (Hons) Geography, PhD (Agricultural Geography), CGeog; FRGS


Brian Ilbery joined the CCRI in 2006 as Professor of Rural Studies after holding positions as Dean and Associate Dean at the University of Coventry. He retired from the CCRI in December 2013 after a long and distinguished career in rural research for which he has a well deserved international reputation.

Brian’s research has been extensive within the areas of agriculture and food, from the intricacies of land tenure, the business of farm diversification and the study of animal and plant disease, to the broader issues of how we produce and consume food, agricultural change and rural policy. He has been a prolific and much respected author in all of these areas. He has held many public positions, working with the Regional Development Agencies and research councils internationally and currently sits on the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s ‘Bioscience for Society’ Strategy Panel.

In March 2014 the title of ‘Emeritus Professor’ was conferred on Brian by the University of Gloucestershire.

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