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Research Interests

E-learning; Plant Ecology ; Organic Agriculture; Ecology and Conservation; Links between agricultural method and health; Environmental impacts of short food supply chains; Distribution and taxonomy of tropical tree species; Access for children to greenspace Agrobiodiversuty


Liz is an environmental scientist, with research interests and experience in organic and sustainable agriculture, ethical consumption, conservation and biodiversity and environmental science. She is theme leader for the ‘Fair Routes to Market’ theme at the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security at Coventry University and has worked on a range of sustainable agriculture projects including most recently a social science project funded by the EU which investigated the socio-economic impacts of short food supply chains in the European Union.

Other projects she has been involved in include: the EDULINK project to build capacity in organic agriculture research and training in West Africa, two British Council funded projects for organic entrepreneurship and organic education in Nigeria and a EU funded project on organic agriculture, market development and agrotourism in Jamaica.

Vision Statement

As an environmental scientist I am interested in human interactions with and impacts on ecosystems. The main themes of my research, invasive species and sustainable agriculture reflect this. The subject of my PhD was the genus Prosopis, a multipurpose tree with many valuable traits and products, but which can also be invasive. Since finishing my PhD I have been involved in a number of research projects on organic and sustainable agriculture. I am particularly interested in research which investigates alternatives to conventional intensive production, such as agroecology which work with ecological cycles to help protect and enhance natural ecosystems.

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Research Output 2004 2017

Identifying future research directions for biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability: perspectives from early-career researchers

Hossain, M. S., Pogue, S. J., Trenchard, L., Van Oudenhoven, A. P. E., Washbourne, C-L., Muiruri, E. W., Tomczyk, A. M., Garcia-Llorente, M., Hale, R., Hevia, V., Adams, T., Tavallali, L., De Bell, S., Pye, M. & Resende, F. 9 Aug 2017 In : International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. p. 1-13 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ecosystem service

Investigating the Role of the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) in Promoting Organic Farming in Nigeria

Emeana, E. M., Trenchard, L., Dehnen-Schmutz, K. & Shaikh, S. 2017 ESEE 2017: The 23rd European Seminar on Extension (and) Education: Transformative Learning: New Directions in Agricultural Extension and Education .

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

The Current State Of Agroecology In Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review Of Research

Emeana, E. M., Trenchard, L., Dehnen-Schmutz, K. & Shaikh, S. 2017 OrgaTrop 2017: International Confence on Organic Agriculture in the Tropics: State of the Art, Challenges and Opportunities. p. (in press)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Options for improving the ecosystem service value of invasive Prosopis, facilitating ‘economic succession'

Trenchard, L. 2015 Biodiversity Ecosystem Services Sustainability (NRG BESS) conference held 8-9 September 2015 at Southampton University, UK. .

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

The daily life of UK-African HE partnerships: A UK perspective

Trenchard, L. 2014

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper