Personal profile

Personal profile

I am an interdisciplinary researcher, teacher and practitioner - spanning the natural and social sciences, from plant physiology to political ecology - with a focus on fostering food justice by agroecological approaches.

I have worked in various sustainability sectors, including CGIAR (formerly, the Consultative Group for International Agriculture Research), AIRCA (Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture) and the UK environmental charity sector.

I have research interests in breeding underutilised crops as part of a broader project of diversifying agriculture, local agroecological food systems and using participatory (action) approaches.

I am on the steering group for The Agroecology Learning Collective (TALC), which aims to facilitate collaboration and knowledge-sharing across the sector, building regional, national and international links between teachers and learners, stimulating the development of new courses and promoting agroecology as a career.

I am a co-lead for a project on 'landed community kitchens' - community kitchens that share food sourced from local agroecological farms (as opposed to e.g. food banks) - in the North of England. It uses participatory action research for network/alliance building and to co-create a more substantial project bid.

I have two broader concerns related to scientific practice. The first is how, or whether, we can close the gap between the publication of findings and the impact that it promises. The second is how (or whether) academia can be self-reflective and responsible, particularly in acknowledging its positionality and power.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty

Education/Academic qualification

Development & Rural Innovation, MSc, Thesis title - Where is the Scientist Behind the Science?: An anthropological study of science | Minor thesis title - Resisting a Technocratic Future is Hysterical: Analysing critique during our precarious age, Wageningen Univ, Wageningen University & Research Center

Award Date: 1 Sept 2019

Biosciences, PhD, Thesis title - Breeding and Genetics of a C4 Trait in Rice: Increasing Leaf Vein Density, Univ Nottingham, University of Nottingham, Div Plant & Crop Sci

Award Date: 14 Feb 2014

Crop Improvement, MSc, Thesis title - Impact of Tillage Management on Resource-Use Efficiency in Wheat, Univ Nottingham, University of Nottingham, Div Plant & Crop Sci

Award Date: 1 Sept 2007

External positions

Teaching Leader, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

25 Sept 202325 Sept 2026


  • Agricultural sciences
  • Agroecology
  • Food justice
  • Food sovereignty
  • Neglected and underutilised species
  • Agricultural diversification

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