Research projects I have recently been involved with:
Permaculture Association: Polycultures Research Project
Designing and helping to implement the Polycultures Vegetable Trials to investigate the input and yield of various polyculture or multicropping growing systems. The aims of the project are: to carry out a scientifically rigourous multi-site study of polyculture vegetable growing; to put polycultures on the map – since people already grow using ‘mixed vegetable’ planting but the practice is not widely known or investigated; and to help to develop successful polyculture growing systems.
new economics foundation (nef)
Systematic review of climate change, conflict and collaboration
Lead researcher on the systematic review: developing the research protocol, systematically reviewing and coding articles, and creating the knowledge map.
The Campaign for Real Farming and the College for Enlightened Agriculture
Carrying out research to support a group of grassfed pasturalists who are trying to raise the profile of truly sustainable livestock production.
Food Ethics Council / Making Local Food Work
Making Local Food Work: influencing consumer buying behaviour
As the lead researcher, I was responsible for reviewing the literature on economic and psychological theories of behaviour and behaviour change, assessing and selecting the key evidence that was relevant to issues of local food, and drafting the bulk of the text for the final report.
August 2010 – December 2010
Food Ethics Council / NHS Scotland
Understanding food culture in Scotland and its comparison in an international context
As lead researcher on this project, I carried out an initial literature review to determine the key components of food culture as well as compiling relevant data from a series of countries for use as comparative evidence. The final document made use of both Scottish and worldwide data on food culture – eating, shopping and cooking behaviours – to develop a wide range of policy recommendations which NHS Scotland could take on board.