Dr. Amani Omer

Dr. Amani Omer

I am an agri-environmental economist specializing in the economics of agriculture and biodiversity. I am specifically interested in finding sustainable solutions to social, economic and environmental issues that are facing modern societies. To this end, my research work in the area of sustainable intensification has contributed to the debate in ‘sustainable food’ policy reform. For example, the UK Parliament has shown interest in the concept of sustainable intensification and its potential application to sustainable food production in the UK http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmenvaud/writev/food/sf46.htm.

It also made news headlines www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=3542.

  • 2004               PhD in Economics, the University of Manchester, UK
  • 1998               MA (Econ.) in Agricultural Economics the University of Manchester, UK
  • 1991               B.Sc. (Agric.) – First Class Honours, the University of Khartoum, Sudans

I am interested in using any innovative teaching and learning approaches that would make a difference in students’ learning.  In recognition of my work on Flipped Economics and Online Homework, I was awarded the PI College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Innovations Award in 2017.

Areas of Teaching:

  • Economics / Principles of Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Managerial Economics
  • UK Economy – Macroeconomics
  • Macroeconomics – UAE Economy
  • Natural Resource Economics

Teaching Innovation Experience

  • MyEconLab – the online homework and tutorial resources in Economics
  • Flipped Learning Approach in teaching Economics
  • Problem Based Learning (PBL) approach + a market simulation game in teaching Managerial Economics

My research interests lie in modelling and policy analysis of the economic and the ecological processes underpinning the sustainable management of agro-ecosystems. Up-to-date, my research has mainly focused on the economics of sustainable intensification and its role in biodiversity conservation and for global food security. Current research activity is exploring possible national strategies for a sustainable rebuilding of national economies following mass mismanagement of resources. Potential research is to investigate sustainable water consumption and estimating the price elasticity of demand for water in cities such as Abu Dhabi, UAE, where only water sources available are underground water and sea water. Other research interests are to explore the economics of alternative energy sources and investigate the UAE production possibilities of non-fossil energy.

  • Russell, N. and Omer, A (2015) “Meeting the food security challenge through sustainable intensification” a book chapter in Robinson, G and D. Carson (Eds) Handbook on the Globalisation of Agriculture. pp. 125-139, Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Omer, A., Pascual, U and Russell, N. (2010) “A theoretical model of agrobiodiversity as a supporting service for sustainable agricultural intensification”.  Ecological Economics. Vol. 69 (10), 1926–1933. Elsevier B.V., US.
  • Omer, A., Pascual, U and Russell, N.  (2010) “The contribution of biodiversity to modern intensive farming systems”. A chapter in Lockie, S. and D. Carpenter (Eds) Agriculture, Biodiversity and Markets: Livelihoods and Agroecology in Comparative Perspective. Earthscan.
  • Omer, A., Pascual, U and Russell, N. (2009) “Biodiversity Conservation and Productivity in Intensive Agricultural Systems”.  A chapter in Kontoleon, A., U. Pascual, and M. Smale (Eds): Agrobiodiversity and Development Economics. Routledge, London, UK.
  • Omer, A., Pascual, U and Russell, N. (2007) “Biodiversity Conservation and Productivity in Intensive Agricultural Systems”. Journal of Agricultural Economics. 58(2): 308-329.