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Dr Keith Howe

Senior Research Fellow


01392 723838

Lazenby House G.11

Formerly Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics, School of Business and Economics, my external positions include Honorary Professor, Bila Tserkva State Agrarian University, Ukraine; Advisory Council Member, Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences; Editorial Board Member, 'Wies i Rolnictwo', Institute for Rural and Agricultural Development, Polish Academy of Sciences; Honorary Research Fellow, Royal Veterinary College, University of London; Visiting Lecturer, University of Copenhagen. A former President of the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, I was made a Life Member in 2008.

Currently, my main research focus is the economics of animal health and welfare, in which context I work closely with colleagues in the Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health Group, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. A committed and enthusiastic teacher, I contribute to animal health economics modules of MSc programmes in Veterinary Epidemiology and the Control of Infectious Diseases in Animals (Royal Veterinary College, London University) and Veterinary Public Health (University of Copenhagen). Periodically, I also contribute economics expertise in review of EU and UK projects in the field of animal health and welfare.

My eclectic interests also include the economics of European integration, European agricultural and rural policies, and the economics of transition in central and eastern Europe. For over a decade I worked as a consultant to the Integration Policy Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Bulgaria, and over four years was Co-ordinator for the EU Joint European Project ‘AGFED’ – Agricultural and Food Economics Development in Ukraine. As for veterinary and related scientists, most recently I have specialised mainly at postgraduate level in teaching economics to non-specialist students. The two areas closest to my research interests are a) the economic aspects of European integration, in which capacity I have taught both at Exeter University and at universities in Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan, and b) the political economy of international agricultural policy. My current teaching contribution at Exeter University is on POLM073: Political Economy of Food and Agriculture.

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Research interests

From 2008-11 my work was concerned exclusively with co-supervising a research project with Katharina Stärk, Professor of Veterinary Public Health Policy, Royal Veterinary College, University of London [ ] entitled ‘Economic assessment of surveillance programmes as part of the national control plan of Switzerland’. Barbara Häsler, LCIRAH Post-Doctoral Fellow, Royal Veterinary College [ ] successfully completed her doctoral thesis from the project in August 2011. The following are publications from the project:

Häsler B, Howe KS, Di Labio E, Schwermer H, Stärk KDC. Economic evaluation of the surveillance and intervention programme for bluetongue virus serotype 8 in Switzerland. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2012; 103: 93-111.

Häsler B, Howe KS, Hauser R, Stärk KDC. A qualitative approach to measure the effectiveness of active avian influenza virus surveillance with respect to its cost: A case study from Switzerland. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2012; doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2011.12.010 (on-line from 31 January 2012).

Häsler B, Howe KS, Presi, P, Stärk KDC. An economic model to evaluate the mitigation programme for bovine viral diarrhoea in Switzerland. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 2012; doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2012.01.022 (on-line from 6 March 2012).

Howe KS, Häsler B, Stärk KDC. Economic principles for resource allocation decisions at national level to mitigate the effects of disease in farm animal populations. Epidemiology and Infection

Häsler B, Howe KS. Evaluating the role of surveillance in national policies for animal health. Eurochoices, (to be published in 2012).