Bruce Grieve, PhD, BSc(hons), CEng, FIAgrE


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Prof Grieve is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering & Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Agricultural Engineers and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and holds the N8 Chair in Agri-Sensors & Electronics. Before joining the University of Manchester, as Director of the e-Agri Sensors Centre, he gained 18 years of industrial experience in the fields of on-line analysis and measurement R&D; including deployment of sensors and informatics systems within new integrated products for Sustainable Agriculture & Food. Since 2007 he has attracted over £5.3M of direct industrial, governmental and NGO funding which has been leveraged against a portfolio of £20.4M in collaborative multidisciplinary research projects. Previously Prof Grieve has been the industrial manager on a number of UK Research Council and DTI supported projects. He has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Fellowship to progress his e-Agri research at the University of Manchester and has held a number of funding board roles with UK Research Councils and the Innovate-UK (TSB), including being a nominated member of the BBSRC Agriculture & Food Security Strategy & Policy Panel and the STFC 21st Century Challenges Strategy Panel.

  • Director of the e-Agri Sensors Centre, University of Manchester (07-)

  • Leading Scientist, Syngenta (00-06)

  • Senior Engineering Scientist, Process Studies Group, AstraZeneca (97-00)

  • Senior Process Analysis Engineer, Process Technology Department, Zeneca Specialties (1994-1997)

  • On-line Analysis Group Leader (secondment), ICI FCMO (92-94)

  • Measurement Engineer, On-line Analysis & Measurement Section, ICI Engineering (88-92)


PhD, BSc(hons), CEng FIET, FHEA

Research interests

Prof Bruce Grieve manages the e-Agri Sensors Centre at Manchester, which was launched in 2007 through a 5 year grant from the Agri-Science business Syngenta Ltd. In recent years the e-Agri Sensors Centre has significantly refocused its research activities to meet the broader projected needs of agriculture and food supply. In the light of this a number of strategic enabling technologies have been identified which can facilitate innovative new approaches to crop growth and non-mammalian biotechnology. Sensor science is one of these technologies identified as having the capacity to create a paradigm shift in the future of the sector.

The Centre has been strategically domiciled within a university environment so as to nurture and translate the underpinning sciences, from across the physical and life-sciences interfaces, which will be required to deliver future agricultural products and services. The Centre is based within the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, but is necessarily multidisciplinary owing to the nature of the techniques being researched.

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Supervision information

Newill, Paul. PhD. Imaging of Soil Moisture in the Root Zone using Capacitively Coupled Electrodes. 2014.

Hayes, Robert. MPhil. Integration of EIT, soil structure and plant physiology models for 3D imaging of crop root function phenotype. 2015.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

External positions

BBSRC Agriculture and Food Security Strategy Panel, Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

31 Oct 201631 Oct 2019

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


  • sensors
  • instrumentation
  • communications
  • informatics
  • agriculture
  • biotechnology


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