Applied plant physiology; Plant biochemistry; Agroecology; Urban agriculture; Organic agriculture and horticulture; Food sovereignty; Mixed methods research
I am an interdisciplinary researcher, with a background in plant biology and environmental social sciences, exploring how and why we should grow plants differently. I currently work on the European Horizon 2020 project ‘Organic-PLUS’, investigating fossil-fuel free plastic alternatives, peat-free alternatives and vegan fertilisers for organic growers.
Originally trained as an agronomist specialised in organic agriculture, upon the completion of my studies I worked on several farms in various countries and contexts. I later pursued an MSc in Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, during which I explored people’s perception of urban agriculture. Following my MSc studies, I immersed myself in the research and development of a commercial vertical farming system. This led me to a BBSRC-funded PhD programe at Lancaster University that explored the potential and limitations of vertical farming for urban agriculture. After I completed my PhD I remained at Lancaster University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in different projects in Sociology and Plant biology. Before joining CAWR, I worked in the development of novel growing systems at Stockbridge Technology Centre.
I currently co-manage the ‘Lancaster Seed Library’, a seed saving project which focuses on collecting, saving and distributing locally adapted seeds, and reskilling local growers in seed saving. I also sit on the management committee of ‘Claver Hill Community Food Project’, a peri-urban farm based in Lancaster, UK that uses no-dig methods to produce an abundance of organic vegetables.
PhD in Biological sciences, Lancaster University
MSc in Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
BSc in Biological Agriculture, Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands