Duncan Cameron

Duncan Cameron


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Dunc worked previously at the University of Sheffield where he was Co-Director of The Institute for Sustainable Food. He is an environmental microbiologist and biological chemist and his research seeks to understand how soil microbes enhance plant nutrition and health in the context of sustainable agriculture and global food security.


Dunc is active in science policy and for having previously given evidence at the UN climate negotiations in Paris in 2015 and again in Marrakesh in 2016. 


Dunc’s work is highly interdisciplinary, he co-leads the Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People consortium, part of UKRI’s “Transforming UK food systems” programme, he is developing sustainable methods of fish farming in Australia and works with historians to understand the socio cultural impacts of changing diets in India. Most recently Dunc has worked with the UNHCR to develop hydroponic farms with refugees from the Syrian conflict in Jordan, for which he and his colleagues won the 2020 UKRI Green Gown award for research with impact.


Dunc is a passionate science communicator working with painters, sculptors, musicians and performance artists to develop (and perform in) artworks and stage shows that explore food security and environmental sustainability for both adults and children.


Dunc is physically disabled, he suffers from the neurodegenerative disease Cerebellar Ataxia and is a full time wheelchair user. Dunc is gay and he is committed to increasing the visibility of LGBTQI+ (and disabled) people in STEM.

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Plant and Soil Science, University of Aberdeen

1 Oct 20011 Oct 2004

Award Date: 1 Dec 2004

Bachelor of Science, Animal and Plant Biology, The University of Sheffield

1 Sept 19971 Jul 2001

Award Date: 1 Jul 2001

External positions

Visiting Professor, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania

1 Sept 2019 → …

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
  • Sustainable Futures


  • Environmental microbiology
  • Multiomics
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Soil biology
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Interdisciplinarity


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