Jack Thurston

co-founder farmsubsidy.org

Jack Thurston is writer, broadcaster and a co-founder of farmsubsidy.org and fishsubsidy.org, two international data journalism projects that shine the light on how the European Union spends public money. He has led the campaign for access to farming and fisheries subsidy data since first making the case for transparency in farm subsidies in 2002 and taking the campaign to pan-European level in 2005. In 2007 Jack was awarded the IRE Freedom of Information Award along with farmsubsidy colleagues Nils Mulvad and Brigitte Alfter. Jack was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the US from 2005 to 2010 and served a special adviser to Nick Brown, the UK Minister for Agriculture Fisheries and Food (1999-2001). His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Le Monde, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, European Voice, New Statesman, Prospect and Tribune. He blogs on agriculture policy at capreform.eu. He is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio Four’s Farming Today. Jack holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a masters in Public Policy Analysis from the University of California at Berkeley.

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