Dr Luiza Toma

Scotland's Rural College

Research Interests

I am an applied economist specialised in agri-environmental economics (MSc and PhD) and statistics, informatics and economic modelling (BSc).  My research interests are behavioural economics, economic modelling of environment/climate change and agricultural trade linkages, policy measures for agricultural non-point source pollution abatement, economics of animal welfare and health, farm agri-environmental management, and transition economies.

Besides my research experience with SRUC (and previously with the Agricultural Economics Institute of the Romanian Academy and the Centre for Agricultural and Food Economics - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven where I completed my PhD), I have been involved as a consultant in several policy-oriented projects on the economics of environment, agricultural trade and rural development for the World Bank, European Commission, FAO and OECD and as a reviewer for EC projects and project proposals on environment and agriculture (EC FP6, FP7).

Selected Publications

  • Toma, L., March, M., Stott, A.W., Roberts, D., 2013. Environmental Efficiency of Alternative Dairy Systems: A Productive Efficiency Approach. Journal of Dairy Science (forthcoming)
  • Revoredo-Giha, C., Philippidis, G., Toma, L., Renwick, A., 2013. The impact of EU export refunds on the African continent: An impact assessment. Journal of Development Studies (forthcoming)
  • Islam, M., Barnes, A., Toma, L., 2013. An Investigation into Climate Change Scepticism among Farmers. Journal of Environmental Psychology 34 (2013), 137-150
  • Tsitsoni, V., Toma, L., 2013. An econometric analysis of determinants of climate change attitudes and behaviour in Greece and Great Britain. Agricultural Economic Review (forthcoming)
  • Toma, L., Stott, A.W., Heffernan, C., Ringrose, S., Gunn, G.J., 2013. Determinants of biosecurity behaviour of British cattle and sheep farmers – a behavioural economics analysis. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 108(4), 321-333
  • Barnes, A., Toma, L., Willock, J., Hall, C., 2013. Comparing a ‘budge’ to a ‘nudge’: Farmer responses to voluntary and compulsory compliance in a water quality management regime. Journal of Rural Studies (in press)
  • Barnes, A.P., Islam, M., Toma, L., 2012. Heterogeneity in Climate Change Risk Perception amongst Dairy Farmers: A Latent Class Clustering Analysis. Applied Geography 41 (2013), 105-115
  • Toma, L., Stott, A.W., Gunn, G.J., 2012. A behavioural analysis of farmers’ and consumers’ attitudes towards animal welfare. Animal Welfare 21(1-abstracts), 191-194
  • Toma, L., Stott, A.W., Revoredo-Giha, C., Kupiec-Teahan, B., 2012. Consumers and animal welfare: a comparison between European Union countries. Appetite 58, 597-607 
  • Barnes, A., Toma, L., 2012. A typology of dairy farmer perceptions towards climate change, Climatic Change 112(2), 507-522
  • Sutherland, L.-A., Barnes, A., McCrum, G., Blackstock, K., Toma, L., 2011. Towards a Cross-Sectoral Analysis of Land Use Decision-Making in Scotland, Landscape and Urban Planning Volume 100(1-2), 1-10
  • Barnes, A.P., Willock, J., Toma, L., Hall, C., 2011. Utilising a farmer typology to understand farmer behaviour towards water quality management: Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Scotland. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 54(4), 477 - 494 
  • Toma, L., McVittie, A., Hubbard, C., Stott, A., 2011. A structural equation model of the factors influencing British consumers’ behaviour towards animal welfare. Journal of Food Products Marketing 17(2), 261 - 278
  • Revoredo-Giha, C., Lamprinopoulou, C., Leat, P., Kupiec-Teahan, B., Toma, L., Cacciolatti, L., 2011. How differentiated is the Scottish Beef? An Analysis of Supermarket Data Panel. Journal of Food Products Marketing 17(2), 183 - 210
  • Ashworth, C.J., Toma, L., Hunter, M.G., 2009. Nutritional effects on oocyte and embryo development in mammals: implications for reproductive efficiency and environmental sustainability. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 364 (1534), 3351-3361
  • Barnes, A.P., Willock, J. Hall, C. and Toma, L.  (2009).  Farmer perspectives and practices regarding water pollution control programmes in Scotland. Agricultural Water Management, 96, pp. 1715-1722. Full Text
  • Toma, L., Mathijs, E., Environmental Risk Perception, Environmental Concern and Propensity to Participate in Organic Farming Programmes, Journal of Environmental Management 83(2), 2007, pp. 145-157. Full Text
  • Toma, L., Mathijs, E., Stated Environmental Preferences in a Romanian Rural Community, Post-Communist Economies 16(2), 2004, pp. 215-227. Full Text
  • Toma, L., Impact of Trade Liberalisation on the Environmental Sustainability of Agriculture in the Countries Applicants to EU Accession. In: Kousnetzoff, N. (ed.) Methodological Tools for SIA. CEPII 2003-19, Centre D’Etudes Prospectives et D’Informations Internationales, Paris, 2003, pp. 117-137
  • Toma, L., Analysis of Environmental Impact of Farming Systems in Romania. Agri-Environmental Indicators. In: Gatzweiler, F.; Hagedorn, K.; Judis, R. (eds.) Sustainable Agriculture in Central and Eastern European Countries: The Environmental Effects of Transition and Needs for Change. Aachen: Shaker Verlag, 2002