Ian Hodge is Professor of Rural Economy. He was Head of the Department of Land Economy in the University of Cambridge between 2002 and 2011. He came to Cambridge in 1983 and was Gilbey Lecturer until 2000. Prior to Cambridge he lectured at the Universities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Queensland. He holds degrees from the Universities of Reading and London. He undertakes research and has published widely in the areas of environmental management, rural development, land use and policy, including books on Rural Employment (with Martin Whitby), Countryside in Trust (with Janet Dwyer) and Environmental Economics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was President of the Agricultural Economics Society in 2007-08.