Professor Euan Phimister

Professor Euan Phimister
Professor Euan Phimister

Professor Euan Phimister

Chair in Economics



Euan Phimister holds an appointment as Professor of Economics in the Business School and is also Professor of Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa. 

He is a resource economist with long standing research interests in household behaviour in imperfect markets.  His recent work focusses on links between energy, rural development and finance, including understanding the interrelationships between access to energy, food production and the governance of common resources in Sub-Saharan Africa. A significant proportion of his work has involved economic modelling including current work on modelling debt sustainability in resource rich countries. 

In recent years he has been involved in a range of UK Research Council funded inter-disciplinary projects focussed on Sub-Saharan Africa, involving partners from Ethiopia, Ghana, and Uganda.    

He has spent over 20 years as full time faculty at Aberdeen and within the Business School he has been Deputy Head of School, School Director of Research and  School Director of Resources.  He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was the first Director of the School's MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance. He is an Honorary Associate of the James Hutton Institute and is a Panel member for Main Panel A: Sub-panel 6 (Agriculture) in the UK Research Excellence Framework 2020.

External Memberships

REF2014 & REF2021 Agriculture sub-panel member.  Associate Editor Journal of Agricultural Economics. 


Research Overview

Household Economics, Access to Energy and Energy Poverty,  Debt Sustainability in Resource Rich Countries, Decision Making in Health, Micro-credit 

Current Research

A main focus for his research is on understanding the interrelationships between access to credit, energy and food production and governance of common resources in Sub-Saharan Africa.  This builds on long standing  work around (farm) household behaviour and imperfect markets and links with current research on micro-credit repayment performance in Turkey.  In addition he is also undertaking research on modelling debt sustainability in resource rich countries, on decision making within DCEs in Health and the Environment. 

He is currently leading a Global Challenges Research Fund project (RALENTIR) on land and soil degradation in Ethiopia, aiming to improve how land conservation measures are designed so benefits to local communities are increased while safeguarding soil conservation.    He is also involved in the development of economic and financial analyses with an international team of ecologists aiming to improve invasive species management in Latin America.  Previously, he was PI of an interdisplinary project funded by the ESRC on the water, food energy nexus (IPORE) and  Co-I on a NERC-DfiD funded project on building resilience to drought in Ethiopia (BREAD); and PI on a British Academy funded project examining the use of existing large scale datasets in Sub-Saharan Africa with partners in Ethiopia, Ghana and Uganda.



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  • The Effect of Off-farm Work on the Intensity of Agricultural Production

    Phimister, E. C., Roberts, D. J.
    Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 493-515
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Direct payments versus interest rate subsidies to new farmer: a simulation analysis of alternative farm set-up policies in France

    Benjamin, C., Le Roux, Y., Phimister, E.
    Land Use Policy, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 311-322
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Is it easier to escape from low pay in urban areas? Evidence from the United Kingdom

    Phimister, E., Theodossiou, L., Upward, R.
    Environment and Planning A, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 693-710
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Urban Effects on Participation and Wages: Are there Gender Differences?

    Phimister, E.
    Journal of Urban Economics, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 513-536
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Panel estimates of the Canadian rural/urban women's wage gap

    Vera-Toscano, E., Phimister, E., Weersink, A.
    American Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol. 86, no. 4, pp. 1138-1151
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • The Dynamics of Farm Incomes in Scotland: Panel data analysis using the Farm Accounts Survey

    Phimister, E., Roberts, D., Gilbert, A.
    Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 197-220
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Short-term employment transitions of the Canadian labour force: rural–urban differences in underemployment

    Vera-Toscano, E., Phimister, E., Weersink, A.
    Agricultural Economics, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 129-142
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Changes in farm incomes: The story behind the aggregate trends

    Phimister, E., Roberts, D., Gilbert, A.
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Low Pay and Income In Urban and Rural Areas: Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey

    Gilbert, A., Phimister, E., Theodossiou, I.
    Urban Studies, vol. 40, no. 7, pp. 1207-1222
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Are Employment Effects of Gender Discrimination important? Some evidence from Great Britain

    Kidd, M., Phimister, E. C., Ferko, I.
    The Manchester School, vol. 71, no. 6, pp. 593-610
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
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