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Peter Howley

Peter joined the Rural Economy Development Programme in 2007 as a research officer having completed his PhD at the school of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin. One characteristic feature of Peter’s research activities is that it encompasses a diverse range of projects utilising a wide variety of research methods. Initially, Peter Initially was part of a partnership working on an EU framework project (AGMEMOD) which developed an econometric, dynamic, multi-product partial equilibrium model of the EU agricultural sector. This allowed project participants to make projections and simulations in order to evaluate measures, programmes and policies in agriculture at the European Union level as well as at the individual Member State level. One additional, core research activity in recent times has been in the area of non-market valuation. This has principally involved the use of stated preference techniques to investigate the general publics’ preferences and willingness to pay for non-market public goods associated with the agricultural sector. Apart from investigating individuals’ preferences for various public goods Peter also conducts research aimed at improving stated preference methods (contingent valuation and choice experiments) in environmental valuation.

Peter is also heavily involved in a wide variety of survey based research examining what factors affect individuals’ attitudes towards rural landscapes and conservation. Peter has also undertaken a large amount of research exploring the role of human values in explaining individuals’ attitudes and behaviour in relation to a diverse range of environmental issues. Finally Peter conducts a large amount of research concerned with examining farmers’ behaviour. This includes through the development of micro level time series econometric models predicting farmers’ behaviour in response to policy changes such as decoupling, factors affecting participation in farm forestry and uptake of agricultural innovations and also the role of non-pecuniary factors in explaining farmers’ activity levels.


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