Dr Claire Jack




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Research Group

Farm and Household Economics 

Research Interests

  • Economic resilience and well-being of farm and rural households
  • Education
  • Skills and Training
  • Policy Evaluation
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Claire is a Principal Research Economist and leads the Farm and Household Economics Research Group, directing and undertaking research relating to agricultural and rural policy development alongside policy evaluation. Applying a mix of quantitative and in-depth qualitative methods Claire’s research aims to explore those factors, beyond farm profit-related motives, that influence decision-making at the farm business level. In particular, decisions relating to land management, enterprise choice, labour allocation, (on and off-farm) and environmental resources in response to market and policy changes. The research findings have contributed to informing, developing and designing a more targeted approach to the delivery of agriculture and rural development policy in Northern Ireland.

Recent and current research areas include skills and training within the farming and agri-food sector, farm safety, barriers to longer term land leasing and modelling farming systems in response to market and policy changes.  Claire and her team are also involved in policy evaluation, currently evaluating the Farm Business Improvement Scheme, which is part of the N.I Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 including CAFRE’s extension programmes; Business Development Groups and Environmental Business Development Groups.

Claire obtained her BSc in Economics and PhD in Agricultural Economics from Queen’s University Belfast. She is a member of the Agricultural Economics Society (AES).  Claire is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of an ESRC funded project ‘Administrative Data –Agricultural Research Collection’ AD|ARC.   

Select Publications

Adenuga, A., Jack, C.G., McCarry, R. (2023). Investigating the factors influencing the intention to adopt long-term land leasing in Northern Ireland. Land, 12(3), p.649.

Manolova, H., Jack, C.G., Angioloni, S., Ashfield, A. (2023). Farm safety: a study of young farmers’ awareness, attitudes and behaviors. Journal of agromedicine, pp.1-11.

Ashfield, A., Mullan, C., Jack, C.G. (2021). Encouraging farmer participation in agricultural education and training: A Northern Ireland perspective. International Journal of Agricultural Management9 (1029-2022-1265), pp.96-106.

Jack, C.G., Adenuga, A., Ashfield, A., Mullan, C. (2021). Understanding the drivers and motivations of farm diversification: Evidence from Northern Ireland using a mixed methods approach The International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, 22(3), pp.161-176.

Jack, C.G., Adenuga, A., Ashfield, A., Wallace, M. (2020). Investigating the drivers of farmers’ engagement in a participatory extension programme: the case of Northern Ireland business development groups. Sustainability:12(11), 4510

Jack, C.G., Miller, A., Ashfield, A., Anderson, D. (2019). New entrants and succession into farming in Northern Ireland. International Journal of Agricultural Management:

Current Projects