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I’ve been working in academia for 7 years, primarily building and researching hydroponic and aquaponic systems. I’ve worked in a variety of contexts from designing and building a high tech greenhouse in Oman, to building low cost hydroponic systems in an abandoned school in a disadvantaged area of Sheffield.

In more recent times I have taken up an interest in science communication with the aim of increasing public awareness and acceptance of sustainable agricultural technologies like hydroponics. I have also been developing relationships with commercial stakeholders of different shapes and sizes with the aim of bridging the gaps between academia and business. 

I currently work across three projects, Transforming the UK Food Systems program in 'H3', BBSRC's Bacterial Plant Diseases'  program 'Disease Suppressive Microbes' and Research England Development program 'South Yorkshire Sustainability Centre'.

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 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Areas of expertise

  • S Agriculture (General)
  • Hydroponics
  • Aquaponics
  • Vertical Farming
  • Urban Agriculture

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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