Jonathan Rushton is an agricultural economist who specialises in the economics of animal health and livestock production and food systems – interests that grew from living and working on the family dairy farm. He is currently involved in global research on One Health and food systems, and has 25 years of international experience of livestock production and the control of animal diseases in South America, Africa and Asia. During this time he has worked closely with FAO, OIE, OECD and the World Bank on major animal disease issues. His principal research interests include disease impact assessment, the use of food systems analysis to understand One Health problems and the economic analysis of health interventions. Whilst based at the Royal Veterinary College, London he was a founding member of the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health.
In October 2016 Jonathan joined the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool to take the N8 professorship in the Economics of Animal Health and Food Systems, and in 2017 he became the Director of University’s Centre of Excellence of Sustainable Food Systems. His work focuses on the establishment of a project on the Global Burden of Animal Diseases (GBADs); methods and metrics on food quality; and AMU/AMR complex in livestock. He is also adjunct Professor in the School of Behavioural, Cognitive & Social Sciences of the University of New England, Australia.