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I lecture and research around the theme of systems thinking applied to reduce environmental impact and improve sustainability, with a specialism in life cycle assessment (LCA). I coordinate and/or deliver MSc modules including LCA and Carbon Foot-printing, Resource Efficient Farm Management, Agro-Ecosystem Services and On-farm Anaerobic Digestion within the School of Natural Sciences and via distance learning for the Agri Food Training Partnership. I also deliver guest lectures on advanced courses for professionals within the International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies, and am a member of the UN working group on eutrophication and acidification impact assessment methods for LCA.
My current research is primarily focused on application of advanced LCA to calculate environmental footprints of food, energy and bio-products, with an emphasis on consequential LCA to assess the sustainability of agricultural intensification transitions and deployment of bio-economy innovations. I supervise eight PhD students and am currently principle- or co-investigator on seven UK and EU research grants, including: Bangor PI on the TRUE project promoting sustainable legume value chains across Europe; Co-I on the CLEANER COWS and SusCoRiDa projects applying consequential LCA to assess the sustainability of dairy and beef farming intensification in the UK and Costa Rica, respectively; Co-I on the Dwr-Uisce project examining environmental savings achievable in the water-energy nexus. I previously worked at Trinity College Dublin and the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland developing methods to benchmark industrial eco-efficiency, and at the EU Joint Research Centre in Sevilla, Spain. The latter position and subsequent research grants involved review of prospective best practices from environmental “frontrunner” companies across Europe to develop guidance documents on best environmental management practice in the Retail trade, Tourism, Waste Management, Construction and Agriculture sectors. These guidance documents underpin official EC Sectoral Reference Documents and provide quantitative sustainability performance targets for companies and environmental auditors across Europe.
I coordinate or contribute to the following modules:
Life cycle assessment, distance learning MSc (DDL 4012)
Resource efficient farm management, distance learning MSc (DDL 4014)
Agro-ecosystem Services, distance learning MSc (DDL 4015)
On-farm Anaerobic Digestion, distance learning MSc (DDL 4017)
Strategic Environmental Management, MSc (DXX 4524)
Agriculture and Environment, MSc (DXX 4042)
Sustainable Development, undergraduate (DXX 2001)
Upland farming, undergraduate (DXX 3078)
In addition I am primary or secondary supervisor for eight PhD students:
Jalil Yesufu. Consequential life cycle assessment of Miscanthus value chains.
Eilidh Forster. Developing environmentally sustainable forest value chains. ENVISION PhD.
Isabel Schestak. Environmental Impact Assessment in the water value chain. Dwr-Uisce project.
Nathan Walker. The water-energy nexus. Dwr-Uisce project.
Marcela Porto-Costa. Life cycle assessment of legume value chains. TRUE project.
Dyfed Morgan. Promoting sustainable micro-breweries in Wales. KESS project.
Estrella Yanguas. Ecosystem services underpinning sustainable forestry value chains. KESS project.
Hollie Riddell. Environmental Footprinting of Upland Lamb production.
Current awards on which I am PI or Co-I
2018: Tropical forage-based diets for Colombian cattle. Co-I. RCUK-CIAT Newton Fund. £120,000.
2017: Dairy and beef farm GHG modelling workshop. PI. NRN-LCEE, £8,900.
2017: SusCoRiDa sustainable Costa Rica dairy sector project. Co-I. GCRF, £418,501.
2017: Transition paths to sustainable legume based systems in Europe. Co-I. H2020, £226,180 (BU share).
2017: ENVISION PhD: Assessing sustainable wood value chains. PI. NERC. £60,000.
2017: KESS PhD: Developing sustainable forest value chains. PI. EU Structural Funds, £59,000.
2017: KESS PhD: Developing sustainable micro-breweries. Co-I. EU Structural Funds, £59,000.
2016: KESS PhD: Environmental effects cattle bracken control. Co-I. EU Structural Funds, £59,000.
2016: Dŵr-Uisce: Ireland-Wales efficient water networks (€3.4M). Co-I. European RDP funds.
2015: LCA of manure biogas (£5000) and biomethane for transport (£5000). PI. AD Network.
2015: CLEANER COWS. Co-I. Ser Cymru, £429,000.