PhD Research Fellow
Researchers
2.36 O'Rahilly Building
Department of Food Business and Development
University College Cork
Cork

T: +353-21-490-3348
E: s.thornhill@ucc.ie
Lecturer
Food Business & Development
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: S.Thornhill@ucc.ie
Part-Time AgriDiet Project Manager
Food Business & Development
Room 2.36
O'Rahilly Building
Department of Food Business and International Development
UCC

T: 021 490 3348
E: s.thornhill@ucc.ie

Stephen is currently working as a part-time Lecturer and Research Fellow at University College Cork, and part-time Project Manager of the AgriDiet project. 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 for the 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 an MSc in Rural Development as well as a Higher Diploma in Co-operative Organisation, Food Marketing and Rural Development, and is currently completing a PhD at University College Cork. His research interests are the economics of agri-food markets and food policy, economics of sustainability, 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 Interests

My research interests include agrifood market information systems, agri-food trade and farm support policy, ethical and sustainability issues in the agri-food sector including certification systems, agri-based energy, including biofuels, food security and measurement, agri-nutrition linkages and New Economics.

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 InstituteMiscellaneous01-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 InstituteMiscellaneous01-OCT-0830-APR-11€140,039.00
Better Nutrition? Developing the Evidence Base in Ethiopia and Tanzania.Higher Education authority01-OCT-1230-SEP-15€327,637.00

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.
UK Home-Grown Cereal Authority (HGCA) (1998) Cereal and Oilseed Statistical Review. London: HGCA. [Details]
(1995)EU Legislation for the UK arable sector.
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)
Stephen Thornhill (Ed.). (1998) Cereal and Oilseed Statistical Review. London: HGCA. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2014)'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 (2014) 'The impact of biofuel feedstock production on food security in rural Mozambique and Tanzania'. [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2012)RSB Food Security Guidelines.
Stephen Thornhill (2012) RSB Food Security Guidelines. Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Switzerland. Globe icon [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, David Roberts and Stefan Nolte (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
(2013)A state of the art review of agriculture-nutrition linkages.
Jessica Meeker and Lawrence haddad (2013) A state of the art review of agriculture-nutrition linkages. Cork: Editorship [Details]
(1998)Over 200 articles written for the Weekly Digest and Marketing Note series from 1985 to 1998.
Stephen Thornhill (1998) Over 200 articles written for the Weekly Digest and Marketing Note series from 1985 to 1998. 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 Associations

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

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2012)International Expert Group on Social Issues of Biofuels. Laussanne, Switzerland,
Stephen Thornhill (2012) Roundtable conference organised by UN, private sector and NGOs on policy issues for the social impacts of biofuels. My paper and presentation was on developing guidelines for assessing food security impacts of biofuel operations. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], International Expert Group on Social Issues of Biofuels. Laussanne, Switzerland, Lausanne, Switzerland . [Details]
(2010)Workshop on Biofuels and Indirect Impacts - Rio de Janeiro,
Stephen Thornhill (2010) Conference in Rio de Janeiro on Indirect Impacts of Biofuels and whether to incorporate them in certification schemes and government policy. My paper and presentation was on food security impacts and mitigation measures. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Workshop on Biofuels and Indirect Impacts - Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . [Details]
(2007)ACP Ministerial Conference 2007 - Fiji,
Stephen Thornhill (2007) Paper and presentation submitted to the ACP Ministers Group on the EPA negotiations and their impact on ACP sugar exporters. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], ACP Ministerial Conference 2007 - Fiji, Fiji . [Details]
(2011)12th ACP Ministerial Conference - Prospects for ACP Sugar - Maputo, Mozambique,
Stephen Thornhill (2011) Position paper and presentation made to the 12th ACP Ministerial Conference in Maputo on policy issues for ACP sugar, including WTO, FTAs, CAP reforms and ethical and sustainability certification. [Keynote Speaker], 12th ACP Ministerial Conference - Prospects for ACP Sugar - Maputo, Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique . [Details]
(2012)Food and Nutrition Security Workshop - Addis Ababa,
Stephen Thornhill (2012) Training workshop for Irish Aid staff held in Addis Ababa. Presentation and training materials and practicals on understanding food and nutrition security and also on sustainable agriculture. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Food and Nutrition Security Workshop - Addis Ababa, Addis Ababa . [Details]
(2009)Biofuels and the Poor Conference - Washington DC,
Stephen Thornhill (2009) Conference organised by the Gates Foundation, IFPRI and Stanford University in Washington DC on Biofuels and Food Security. Presentation on the impact of biofuel operations on food security in SADC countries. [Invited Oral Presentation], Biofuels and the Poor Conference - Washington DC, Washington DC . [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Market Information Advisory Committee for UK Arable Sector Chairperson1990 / 1999
House of Commons Select Committee on Agriculture Advisor to1990 / 1998
European Agricultural Leaders Group UK representative1991 / 1993
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, policy and development consultant01-JAN-99 /
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 Lecturer01-JAN-08 /

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1984University of Reading BSC (HONS)Agriculture and 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 Comhlamh and founder member of 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.

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015Food Economics FE2203Food Economics
2015Data in Development Studies FE1008Data in Development Studies

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation/ InstitutionCountry
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