This presentation reports some analysis and reflections on the past 30 years of the Agrarian Perspectives series of conferences held in September every year at the Czech University of Agriculture/Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague. The analysis and reflections are based on/informed by archival research and content analysis of the conference programmes and proceedings (where available). The development of the nature, scope and organisation of the conference are explored and an analysis of the content of the series over time is presented. Reflections on the past success of the conference and its future prospects are offered.
Derek Shepherd is Academic Lead – Teaching and Quality in the Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth, UK. He completed his formal academic education in agricultural economics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and then worked as a professional economist for the National Farmers’ Union and the Confederation of British Industry in London before returning to the academic world in 1987. He teaches aspects of applied economics, business strategy and crisis/risk management and is an experienced PhD supervisor. He is a regular visiting lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Management at the Czech University of Life Sciences. Since 2006 he has been the Honorary Treasurer of the UK Agricultural Economics Society and was awarded the Society’s Award for Excellence (Service to the Society) in 2017.