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Research Interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Biological sciences, Exploiting vertical growing strategies for sustainable crop production., Lancaster University

Award Date: 1 Apr 2017

MSc in Environmental Sciences, Growing Urban Agriculture: Using social practice theory to assess how Transition Norwich can upscale household food gardening in the city of Norwich., University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Aug 2011

BSc in Biological Agriculture, Application of different doses of chitin and Milsana VP 2002 for the control of powdery mildew of zucchini squash (Cucurbita pepo L.), Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands

Award Date: 1 Aug 2005


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