The Department of Agricultural Economics studies social and socio-economic aspects related to food, agriculture and the sustainable use of natural resources. Central to this is the understanding of decision and choice processes of products, consumers, entrepreneurs, users and/or protectors of natural resources and policy makers in agricultural and food chains. The research is therefore diverse in terms of content, methodology and scope. It includes both quantitative research, based on primary or secondary data, and qualitative and experimental research. The department opts for a global orientation. The current 55 researchers (early 2020) come from some 20 countries with each of the five continents represented.
A lot of research at the department studies producers and other actors in the food chain. Chain research focuses on strategic chain and network management, and studies e.g. how losses in agricultural and food chains can be reduced or how side streams can be valorized. In addition, these chains are characterized by strong technological developments. This leads to interesting methodological questions such as how best to measure the acceptability and impact of new technologies at different levels in the chain. In addition, innovative research methods are being developed at the department that can describe the socio-economic impact of innovations in agriculture and the food sector. The sensory research contributes to a better understanding of how new products may be accepted.