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University of Lincoln
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United Kingdom

About Eric Ruto

Dr Eric Ruto is a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Lincoln Business School. Prior to joining University of Lincoln in 2013, he held academic positions at Newcastle University (UK) for nine years, initially as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Rural Economy (CRE) and, subsequently, as a Lecturer in research methods and applied statistics. He has also taught postgraduate level courses at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) as a Visiting Lecturer. Previously, Eric was a research economist at the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) during which he earned a PhD scholarship to the UK through his collaborative research with the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Newcastle University (UK), which included a visiting scholarship at the University of Wisconsin (USA).  He also has academic teaching qualifications i.e. a Post-graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCE) and Associate Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy. Dr Ruto has research interests broadly in the areas of rural, food and environmental economics and has expertise in quantitative research methods. His methodological interests include discrete choice modelling, multivariate statistical analysis methods and applied econometrics. Eric has published scholarly articles in a wide range of peer reviewed international journals including: Journal of Agricultural Economics; Ecological Economics; Journal of Environmental Planning & Management; and Agricultural Water Management. He has presented at a range of international conferences, supervised several PhD students and regularly acts as a peer-reviewer for a number of leading academic journals in applied economics.

Department Responsibilities

Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate level courses in Economics, Research Methods, Applied Statistics and Decision Analysis. Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects (Masters and PhD) Deputy Leader of Postgraduate Research (PGR) Programmes, Lincoln International Business School. Current Phd Student supervision 1. Lilian Korir Topic: ‘Household Consumption Decisions in the Context of Food and Nutritional Security’. PhD studentship funded by the University of Lincoln Research Investment Fund (RIF). Co-supervised with Prof Marian Risov 2. William Hamilton Topic: “The impacts of changing Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) regime for the agricultural economy”. PhD studentship funded by the University of Lincoln Research Investment Fund (RIF). Co-supervised with Dr Gary Bosworth 3. Ha Dang Topic: “Trade Liberalisation and Firm Productivity: Evidence from India”. A studentship funded by the University of Lincoln College of Social Science Research Fund. Co-supervised with Dr Shabani Saha and Dr Mi Lin. Previously, Eric supervised three successful PhD students and over fifteen Masters student research projects during the time he was working at Newcastle University. Ph.D. students supervised or co-supervised to successful completion: 1. Dr. David Otieno (currently Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nairobi): Thesis; Economic analysis of beef cattle farmers’ technical efficiency and willingness to comply with Disease Free Zones in Kenya (completed 2011, Newcastle University) 2. Dr. Bakti Hasan-Basri (currently Lecturer, Faculty of Economics, University Utara Malaysia): Thesis; Economic values of the attributes of Malaysian Recreational Parks: a choice experiment approach (completed 2010, Newcastle University) 3. Dr. YoungMin Choi: Thesis; A structural equation model of the determinants of repeat purchase behaviour of online grocery shoppers in the UK (Completed 2012, Newcastle University)

Subject Specialism

Agricultural Economics, Environnmental Economics, Quantitative Research Methods, Applied Statistics & Econometrics


  • Ph.D. Agricultural Economics — Newcastle University, 2004
  • Bsc (Hons) Agricultural Economics — Egerton University, 1994
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education — Newcastle University,

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Research Interests

  • Agricultural Economics

  • Environmental Economics

  • Non-market valuation

Research Groups Memberships

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Agricultural Economics Society — Member
  • European Society of Environmental and Resource Economists — Member
  • The Higher Education Academy, UK — Associate Fellow