Research Profile

Stephen Thornhill

Biography

Stephen is currently working as a part-time Lecturer and Research Fellow at University College Cork. Stephen is a Consultant on agri-food marketing and policy issues, recent projects including the development of Food Security Certification Guidelines for the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), involving the UN, private sector and NGOs, advising and training the Kazakhstan Ministry of Agriculture on establishing a national agricultural market information system under a World Bank funded project and leading a study on the impacts of EU Free Trade Agreements, WTO and CAP Reform on the African, Caribbean and and Pacific (ACP) sugar sector funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Stephen has an advisory role within the Social Issues Expert Group for RSB, including recent advisory work on improving screening tools for the sustainability certification of biofuel companies, and advisory work with the ACP Secretariat and Least Developed Country Group on the accompanying measures for compensating developing country sugar producers and exporters. Stephen studied Agricultural Economics at the University of Reading, and after a short spell working within the grain industry and Milk Marketing Board, he became Senior Economist and then Director of Marketing and Economics at the UK Home-Grown Cereal Authority for 10 years, where he was accountable to the UK arable industry (farmers, traders and processors) and UK government, for providing independent, accurate, relevant and timely market intelligence and policy analysis, leading a team of 12 economists and statisticians. For the past 15 years Stephen has been working as a freelance consultant on agri-food market, policy and development issues, conducting projects around the world for the EU, World Bank, IADB, ACP Secretariat, Commonwealth Secretariat, national governments, trade associations, certification bodies, agri-food companies and NGOs. Stephen has a PhD in International Development and Agricultural Econmics, an MSc in Rural Development as well as a Higher Diploma in Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development and BSc in Agriculture and Economics. His research interests are the economics of agri-food markets and food policy, economics of climate change and sustainability, biofuels and bioenergy, food security, agri-food marketing information systems, sustainable and ethical agri-food standards and certification systems, agri-nutrition linkages and agri-food trade and farm support policies.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
The development of a Biofuel socio-economic policy framework in relation to food security in the SADC International Food Policy Research InstituteMiscellaneous Non Exchequer01-OCT-0830-APR-11€140,039.00
The development of a Biofuel socio-economic policy framework in relation to food security in the SADC International Food Policy Research InstituteMiscellaneous Non Exchequer01-OCT-0830-APR-11€140,039.00
Better Nutrition? Developing the Evidence Base in Ethiopia and Tanzania.Higher Education authority01-OCT-1230-JUN-18€356,837.00

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2012)Agri-Food Marketing and Supply Chains.
Stephen Thornhill and Debebe Habtewold (2012) Agri-Food Marketing and Supply Chains. Cork: University College Cork. [Details]
(1998)Cereal and Oilseed Statistical Review.
Stephen Thornhill (editor), UK Home-Grown Cereal Authority (HGCA) (1998) Cereal and Oilseed Statistical Review. London: HGCA. [Details]
(1995)EU Legislation for the UK arable sector.
Stephen Thornhill (editor), UK Home-Grown Cereal Authority (HGCA) (1995) EU Legislation for the UK arable sector. London: HGCA. [Details]
(2009)Natural Resource Economics and Marketing.
Nick Chisholm, Debebe Habtwold and Stephen Thornhill (2009) Natural Resource Economics and Marketing. Cork: University College Cork. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(1998)Cereal and Oilseed Statistical Review
Stephen Thornhill (Ed.). (1998) Cereal and Oilseed Statistical Review Cereal and Oilseed Statistical Review. London: HGCA. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2016)'The impact of biofuel feedstock production on food security in rural Mozambique and Tanzania'
Stephen Thornhill (Lead Author), Eszter Vargyas, Tony Fitzgerald and Nick Chisholm (2016) 'The impact of biofuel feedstock production on food security in rural Mozambique and Tanzania'. Food Security, 8 (5):953-971 [DOI] [Details]

Published Reports

 YearPublication
(2012)RSB Food Security Guidelines.
Stephen Thornhill (2012) RSB Food Security Guidelines. Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Switzerland.   [Details]
(2006)Establishing a Rice Credit Facility for Caribbean Rice Producers and Processors.
Stephen Thornhill and Ascanio Graziosi (2006) Establishing a Rice Credit Facility for Caribbean Rice Producers and Processors. EU Commission, Brussels. [Details]
(2010)The impact of EU FTAs, WTO and CAP reform on ACP sugar exporting countries.
Stephen Thornhill (Lead Author), David Roberts (EU Commission), Lorand Bartels (University of Cambridge) and Stefan Nolte and Massimiliano Cali (ODI) (2010) The impact of EU FTAs, WTO and CAP reform on ACP sugar exporting countries. Commonwealth Secretariat, London. [Details]
(2009)Safeguarding the benefits of the ACP-EU Sugar Protocol.
Stephen Thornhill (2009) Safeguarding the benefits of the ACP-EU Sugar Protocol. ACP Secretariat, Brussels. [Details]

Editorship

 YearPublication
(1998)Over 200 articles written for the Cereal Authority Weekly Digest and Marketing Note series from 1985 to 1998, as well as Weekly Bulletin market commentaries and website market and policy updates.
Stephen Thornhill (1998) Over 200 articles written for the Cereal Authority Weekly Digest and Marketing Note series from 1985 to 1998, as well as Weekly Bulletin market commentaries and website market and policy updates. London: Editorship [Details]

Technical Publication

 YearPublication
(2011)Establishing a national agri-food marketing information system for Kazakhstan.
Stephen Thornhill (2011) Establishing a national agri-food marketing information system for Kazakhstan. Astana: Technical Publication [Details]
(2012)Screening Tool for Biofuel Operations.
Stephen Thornhill, Elisa Calceterra (2012) Screening Tool for Biofuel Operations. Switzerland: Technical Publication [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists member/
Development Studies Association member/
International Agricultural Economics Association Member/
International Agribusiness Management Association member/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Market Information Advisory Committee for UK Arable Sector Chairperson1990 / 1999
Advisor to House of Commons Select Committee on Agriculture Advisor to1990 / 1998
European Agricultural Leaders Group UK representative1991 / 1993
Advisor to House of Lord Select Committee on Agriculture Advisor to Committee1990 / 1998
European Liaison Group on Agriculture Representative for UK Arable Industry1988 / 1999
Home-Grown Cereal Authority, Milk marketing Board and Meat and Livestock Commission Liaison Committee Chairperson1985 / 1995

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
Freelance Consultant Agri-food marketing intelligence, policy and development consultant01-JAN-00 /
UK Cereal Authority (HGCA) Director of Marketing and Economics01-JAN-90 / 01-JAN-99
UK Cereal Authority (HGCA) Senior Economist01-SEP-85 / 31-DEC-89
University College Cork AgriDiet Project Manager - Ethiopia and Tanzania01-NOV-12 /
University College Cork Part-time Lecturer and Research Fellow01-JAN-08 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1984University of Reading BSC (HONS)Agriculture and Economics
2016University College Cork PhDInternational Development and Agricultural Economics
2002University College Cork HDipCo-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development
2003University college Cork MScRural development

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
See employment above

Outreach Activities

 Description

Member of Cork Harbour Alliance for a Safe Environment and have presented evidence from an academic perspective at public hearings.

Member of Cobh Community Allotments, including grant applications and liaising with other groups such as Cork Food Policy Council in lobbying for improved policies toward local food.

Member of Comhlamh and Ethical Development Action Cork

Other Activities

 Description

Advisor to ACP Group and Commonwealth Secretariat on sugar and biofuels, plus Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials - Social Issues Expert group.

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Agri-Food Economics, Agri-Food Domestic Support and Trade Policy, Agri-Food Market Information Systems, Biofuels and other Bioenergy, Food and Nutrition Security, Data for Development, Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainable Certification Systems, Climate Change, Circular Economy, Waste Management

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2019Socio-Economic Research in Development FE3015Socio-Economic Research in Development
2019Food Economics FE2203Food Economics
2019Data in Development Studies FE1008Data in Development Studies

Research Information

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Jim Kinsella UCDIRELAND
Thadeus Mkamwa St Augustines UniversityTANZANIA
Joyce Kinabo Sokoine UniversityTANZANIA
Jessica Meeker Institute of Development StudiesUNITED KINGDOM
Jemal Yousuf Hassen Haramaya UniversityETHIOPIA
Girmay Tesfay Mekelle UniversityETHIOPIA
Tassew Woldehanna Ethiopian Development Research InstituteETHIOPIA

Contact details

  • Stephen Thornhill
    Lecturer and Research Fellow
  • s.thornhill@ucc.ie
  • O'Rahilly Building
    Department of Food Business and International Development
    UCC
  • 021 490 3348

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