New President Elect of the UK Agricultural Economics Society (AES)

Dr Sophia Davidova (Reader, European Agricultural Policy) has been invited to serve as President Elect of the UK Agricultural Economics Society (AES) from 2010.

The nomination recognises Dr Davidova’s academic achievements in the area of agricultural economics and her commitment to AES over many years. She has organised several successful AES conferences on topical policy issues, for example on the tax and tax concessions for farmers, and food price spikes of 2008. The invitation also recognises her contribution to the links between the UK AES and the European Association of Agricultural Economists.

Dr Davidova is Director of the Centre for European Agri-Environmental Economics within the School of Economics and has been involved in advisory work to government agencies in Central and Eastern European countries, the OECD, the European Commission and the World Bank.

UK AES is one of the leading learned societies in the world in the areas of agricultural and rural economics, food and the environment. It was founded in 1926 to promote research and teaching in the area, and strengthen the interactions between professional and academic agricultural economists. Currently it has 350 members in 65 countries throughout the world. Dr Davidova’s term of presidency will cover three years as President-Elect (2010-11), President (2011-12), and Past-President (2012-13).