Ian Hodge is Professor Emeritus of Rural Economy in the University of Cambridge. He came to Cambridge in 1983 and was Professor of Rural Economy between 2005 and 2019. He was Head of the Department of Land Economy from 2002 until 2011. 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 The Governance of the Countryside, Countryside in Trust (with Janet Dwyer), Environmental Economics, and Rural Employment (with Martin Whitby). He has been a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and was President of the Agricultural Economics Society in 2007-08.