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About the department

Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO) has its origins in the traditions and methodology developed in the Danish agriculture, forestry and food production sectors, in which the close consultative relationships developed between the private sector, public authorities and research institutions contributed significantly to positive outcomes.

Research, education, research based public sector services and broader dissemination are IFRO's main tasks, particularly within the fields of environment, natural resources, global development, food and agriculture as well as consumption, bioethics and governance.

The head of the department is Bo Jellesmark Thorsen. Read more about the management of IFRO.

The department is organised in four sections and an adminitrative support unit. Read more about the organisation.

The strategic mission of the department is to

  • to carry out pure, applied, and policy-oriented social science research at the highest level

  • to carry out interdisciplinary research at the highest level in close cooperation with the natural science and health science research environments elsewhere in the Faculty of Science (SCIENCE) and in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND), to provide innovative answers to important questions in the research themes addressed by the Department and by these faculties, to contribute to the development of new courses and fields of specialisation and to provide quality assurance to existing courses and specialisations at SCIENCE and at SUND, bringing together natural science and social science approaches for the benefit of the students of the ’wet’ faculties and their subsequent employers, and to hold responsibility for the individual lines of education in the areas addressed by SCIENCE

  • to achieve the research and educational goals of IFRO in close cooperation with leading international academic environments

  • to ensure that social science knowledge in the subject areas of the Department is mobilised to contribute to public debate and, in particular, is made available to support public authorities and private sector operators with special needs in these areas.