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Annual Conference

The Annual Conference of The Agricultural Economics Society will be held online and at The University of Warwick, UK - 29th & 30th March 2021

The Conference will take place using a hybrid format, using both physical and online facilities provided by the University of Warwick. Current guidelines at Warwick allow for a limited number of places for people to attend in person and thus the majority of delegates will join virtually. The programme (see below) will follow the normal format as much as possible; however, we anticipate some changes and new developments to make the most of the new technology.


-    Presidential address by Prof. Janet Dwyer (Countryside and Community Research Institute):
Policy Analysis for Rural Resilience – Expanding the Toolkit
-    Keynote address by Prof. Ada Wossink (University of Manchester): Loving the Challenge:
Navigating Interdisciplinary Research as an Economist
-    Symposium led by Prof. Helena Hansson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences):
Animal Welfare in the Food Value Chain – from Producers to Consumers
-    Symposium led by Prof. John Davis (Chief Editor of EuroChoices):
Reflections on Twenty Years of EuroChoices in Communicating Accessible Analysis
-    Masterclass on agent-based modelling led by Prof. Gertjan Hofstede (Wageningen University):
Why Can Farmers Be “Thieves of their own Wallets”? Artificial Sociality in Models of Agricultural Systems

The Agricultural Economics Society explicitly intends to support early-career researchers by awarding a prize for the best presentation by a PhD student in the contributed paper sessions and two best poster prizes for early-career researchers.

Call for Papers

Each year a diverse set of papers, centred on the discipline of Agricultural Economics, is selected for the conference programme. Sessions cover topics such as agricultural trade and policy, environmental economics and policy, supply chain analysis, food demand and policy, behavioural economics, structural adjustment of agriculture, climate change impacts and mitigation, livestock production and disease, agricultural development, technology adoption, the economics of bioenergy, modelling and analysis techniques.

Submissions are possible in three categories:

Contributed Papers:  Contributed Papers will present theoretical developments in the field of agricultural economics or sound applications of theory for the benefit of decision making in the public or private sector. Contributed Papers will be allocated in thematic session, each paper with a 25 min slot (15 min talk and 10 min discussion). Presentations by PhD students will be embedded in the main Conference programme and specific feedback will be provided for the presenters. The best PhD presenter will be awarded with a prize of £100.

Discussion Papers:  The intention of these sessions is to provide a platform for authors to present work that considers new ideas and approaches, addresses issues relating to the more formative stages of a research project or more generally provides the basis for wider discussion. Each Discussion Paper will be allocated with a 30 min slot (20 min talk and 10 min discussion).

Posters:  Posters are welcome to present research results or research of earlier stage. Two best poster prizes of £250 each will be awarded to two early career researchers. We acknowledge financial support of Wiley for these prizes.

Applications for the Contributed Paper sessions, Discussion Paper sessions and Poster session should all make use of the same template (ca. 500-1000 words), which can be found here (please upload your extended abstract in a pdf format).  

Accepted Contributed Papers (4000-8000 words) and Discussion Papers (4000-8000 words) and Posters will be made available to delegates through the AES website before the conference. In addition, papers from the conference are normally archived on the AgEcon Search repository at the University of Minnesota. If you would rather not have your paper included on AgEcon search, please let us know on the submission form.


Workshops are organised by members on current topics in Agricultural Economics and related fields. They might feature a set of talks with an extensive discussion or can have more interactive elements. Past workshops have addressed bio-economic modelling, the Green Revolution, uptake of low-carbon practices by farmers, organic products and consumer choice, Brexit and plant biosecurity.

The workshops are held online, but the facilities of the University of Warwick can be used to convene the speakers. Please contact the programme secretary if you are interested in organising a workshop. Please note that all workshop participants must register for the time that they are at the conference. For accepted workshops a small contribution to the expenses of speakers can be requested. The deadline for workshop proposals is 31st October 2020.

Important Dates and Information

Deadline for symposium and workshop proposals:  31st October 2020

Deadline for paper/poster/PhD proposal submission:  18th December 2020

Decisions on acceptance of papers:  18th January 2021

Deadline for full paper submission and early bird registration:  8th March 2021

Booking information and costs will follow in due course.

Further details on the conference programme content will be available in February.

Joining Instructions for Delegates 2021 – will follow in due course.

FAQ's – will follow in due course.

For all enquiries, please contact: frederic.ang@wur.nl

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