Rita Walsh

Senior lecturer in Agricultural and Equine Business Management
Rita Walsh

Position

Senior lecturer in Agricultural and Equine Business Management

Qualifications

BSc (London), MEd, FHEA

Contact details

rita.walsh@rau.ac.uk

Tel: 01285 652531

Biography

I am a farm and equine business management specialist with a passion for ensuring that the students that I teach understand how to run a business which they enjoy and which generates sufficient profits to be financially sustainable.

I come from a farming family and studied agriculture as my first degree. Prior to coming into education, I worked as a farm business consultant providing technical and financial advice to farming clients across the south of England. Whilst I enjoy all types of farming, my particular interest is in dairy farming.

My role at the RAU involves teaching farm business management modules to students at levels 5, 6 and 7. In addition I am the programme manager for the MBA in Advanced Farm Management.

As well as my teaching, I am involved in delivering professional training courses to a range of external clients and I am the co-course director of the Worshipful Company of Farmers' Advanced Course in Agricultural Business Management (ACABM).

 

Research

Research interests

My research interests are quite varied. Having worked closely with farmers for many years.  I am interested in the behaviour of farmers and how this is affected by changes that happen within the industry and within their own farm business. I am also interested in the area of succession planning on family farms and its impact on the people involved. I believe the role of women in agriculture is important but not well understood and this is an area I would like to research further. I am also interested in the equine industry, its structure and the management of individual equine business.

Publications

Publications

  • Crossman, G.K. & Walsh, R.E. (2016). The relationship between the government and the horse industry: a comparison of England, Sweden and the Netherlands, in The New Equine Economy in the 21st Century, EAAP Scientific Series, Volume 136, Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Crossman, G.K. & Walsh, R.E. (2016). The relationship between the government and the horse industry: a comparison of England, Sweden and the Netherlands, in The New Equine Economy in the 21st Century, EAAP Scientific Series, Volume 136, Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Crossman, G.K. and Walsh, R.E. (2006). Buying and Selling the Sport Horse. In: Hemmings, A., Harris,P., Moore-Colyer,M., Tracey,S., Howells,K. and Nothrop,A. (eds) Applying Equine Science: research into business. Nottingham: Nottingham University Press
  • Bowden, L. and Walsh, R. (2004). The Challenge of attracting and retaining sponsorship in eventing. In: Alliston, J., Chadd, S., Ede, A., Hemmings, A., Hyslop, J., Longland, A., Moreton, H. and Moore-Colyer, M. (eds). Emerging Equine Science. Nottingham: Nottingham University Press.
  • Crossman, G.K. and Walsh, R.E. (2011). The relationship between the government and the horse industry: a comparison of England, Sweden and the Netherlands. European Association for Animal Production, Stravanger, Norway.
  • Crossman, G.K. and Walsh, R.E. (2008). The Role Of the Horse Industry in Farm Diversification. Roots Conference.
  • Crossman, G.K. and Walsh R.E. (2005). Buying and Selling the Sport Horse. BSAS Applying Equine Science: Research into Business Conference
  • Lampard. E. and Walsh R.E. (2003). The Effect of Foot and Mouth on Racehorse Trainers in the UK. BSAS Emerging Equine Science Conference.
  • Livingstone,S. and Walsh, R.E. (2003). Assessment of the Market for Corporate Hospitality Polo. BSAS Emerging Equine Science Conference.