Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security

Food, People, Planet

Human health and wellbeing are inextricably linked with animal, crop, soil and environmental health. Our agri-food systems are putting an increasing burden on the environment and affecting ‘planetary health’. We investigate agri-food system innovations most likely to improve human health and wellbeing and wider planetary health.

Our interests include novel approaches to predict and control crop and livestock diseases and to reduce antimicrobial resistance; developing efficient, environmentally sensitive, sustainable, agri-food systems – systems that reduce waste, are resilient to climate and environmental change, and reduce environmental impact; and regulation of new technologies.

We welcome applicants for PhD studies in any of these areas, as well as discussions for research collaboration.

Please contact individual researchers for research collaboration.  For more information on PhD admissions email

Staff Profiles

Research Interests

Dr Peter Alexander

Land use systems, complex systems modelling
Prof. Liz Baggs Soil biogeochemistry, plant-soil-microbe interactions, sustainable agricultural production, research into development
Dr Lisa Boden Veterinary public health, population medicine, medical law and ethics, animal disease outbreaks, disease risk assessment, contingency planning, policy advice
Dr Fiona Borthwick Environmental science, policy interaction, environmental management and impact, food security, sustainable agriculture, network analysis, behaviour change
Dr Alfy Gathorne-Hardy Ecology, biodiversity, environmental and societal trades-offs, sustainable development
Dr Jonathan Hillier Mathematics, crop and pest modelling, environmental impacts, natural resource availability, biodiversity, decision support tools
Prof. Geraldine McNeill Human nutrition, obesity, dietary assessment, nutrition epidemiology
Prof. Dominic Moran Agricultural and resource economics, environmental management, climate change, food supply chains, antimicrobial resistance
Dr Raf de Oliveira Silva Applied and computational mathematics, sustainable intensification, livestock production systems, integrated crop-livestock systems
Prof. Geoff Simm Animal breeding, animal genetic improvement, programme management, sustainable agricultural production, research into policy
Dr Kirsteen Shields Human rights law, land reform, corporate
Prof. Joyce Tait Science in innovation, risk governance, academic-industry linkages, science into society, science evaluation, sustainable development

Research Fellows


Dr Kate Buckeridge