Professor David Oglethorpe


Room: F009
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3364
Twitter: @Doglethorpe
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David was appointed Dean of the Management School in February 2014. David initially joined the Management School in July 2012 as Chair in Environmental Sustainability in a cross-faculty role to augment interdisciplinary research activity across the University in relation to sustainability issues, principally within the food and water sectors. David has an undergraduate honours degree in Agricultural Economics (1988) and a PhD in Environmental Economics (1996), both from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Between his degrees, David worked in the property and food sectors and he has remained focused on land use, natural resource and food throughout his career. After working as a Research Associate at Newcastle University, David joined the Scottish Agricultural College and Edinburgh University as senior lecturer in 1996, becoming head of the Natural Resource Economics Department and later the Land Economy Division. David left academia in 2004 to work with the newly formed English Farming and Food Partnerships as Economics and Research Director, in a new venture supported by Defra to help re-engage and re-connect the food supply chain. David returned to academic life in 2006 to a Chair in Sustainable Supply Chain Management at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University where he was also appointed as Associate Dean, Research in 2010. David has been external examiner for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at Reading and Bangor Universities and is currently external examiner for food and agri-business management programmes at University College Dublin.


David has taught MGT6050 Managerial Economics on the Management School’s MBA programme and also on the MSc module MGT682 Research Methods, both of which enabled him to contribute his research specialism and his research skills to teaching and learning.


As a trained environmental and natural resource economist, David’s research has focused on the creation of, and demand for, externalities of production, principally food, taking a quantitative, operational research and mathematical modelling approach. Initially based on the land use sector, this has expanded to examine the wider food supply chain and his most recent research has tried to find optimal solutions to multi-dimensional environmental problems, examining trade-offs between triple-bottom-line objectives. This research has also focused on the food localisation debate, where political and media tensions have arisen and policy-relevant evidence-based research has been needed to ensure market failure is correctly identified.

Areas of PhD Supervision

  • Environmental economics
  • Food Supply Chain Analysis
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Operations Research