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Professor Andy Thorpe


I am the Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Business and Law. I’m also Professor of Development Economics and a member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

I have worked for the Food and Agriculture Organisation for the United Nations (FAO) on mainstreaming fisheries into national development strategies, poverty reduction programmes and the rehabilitation of the fisheries sector in Central Asia. My research work in fisheries spans the globe, including Latin America, Central Asia, Africa and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

 My 2009 paper on enteric fermentation (‘cow burps’), which highlighted the extent of methane production of cattle, received widespread media coverage.

 I have written three books on the political economy of Central American agriculture, and I have supported doctoral students on topics including the Resource Curse and Kuwaiti development, artisanal fisheries development in Sierra Leone, and trade and economic integration in Central America.

In 2018, I was the first person to estimate the total economic value of the world’s inland fisheries (between US$108 and 122 billion annually).


In the 1990s, I was a visiting Professor in Agricultural Economics at the Posgrado en Economía y Planificación del Desarrollo (POSCAE) at the National State University of Honduras.

I was appointed as a Reader at the University of Portsmouth in 2005 and chaired the Faculty Research Degree Committee from 2006 to 2011. During this period we saw a 40% increase in postgraduate research degree students admissions, and sky high student satisfaction (as indicated in the 2011 Postgraduate Student Experience Survey [PRES]).

In 2012 I took on the position as Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Business and Law and led the highly successful REF2014 submission to the Business and Management Unit. 100% of research impact in this unit ranked as either outstanding or having very considerable impact

This experience prompted me to write a paper highlighting the ‘halo’ and ‘velcro’ effects found in the UK REF2014 environment submissions.

Research Interests

I am interested in research that has a meaningful and positive impact on people’s lives. My research is primarily in the arena of fisheries, in particular the policy-making processes and reduction of poverty in the small-scale artisanal sector.

My current research interests include:

  • The valuation of inland fisheries
  • Fisheries value chains
  • Maternity leave provision in the UK University sector
  • Research assessment exercises (especially the evaluation of outcomes)
  • Microfinance impacts in the developing world (I am currently working with Lend With Care and colleagues at Portsmouth to improve microfinance provision)
  • Academic performance and graduate capitals

I am happy to receive informal enquiries relating to doctoral degree (Ph.D) supervision in the areas of Area Studies and International Development, Economics and Business and Management

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on a variety of undergraduate modules in the area of development economics across the Faculty of Business and Law and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, including the Economics and Politics of Development and Global Environmental Issues and Concerns. I also contribute to a Distance Learning unit in Development Economics on the Masters programme in International Development Studies. or 023 92 844251.

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and am aware of the needs to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on either or 023 92 844251.

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