Science for Sustainability Hub

SDG 15: Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems

Name Areas of research Description
Mohit Arora

circular economy

urban sustainability

low carbon construction

engineering for development

Interested in the current state of resource efficiency in urban systems and industries, and develops technological and policy interventions for a low carbon future. Mohit has worked with several cities to improve their materials management towards a more circular economy. In low and middle income countries, he is focusing on engineering driven solutions to achieve low carbon development solutions for buildings and construction sector.
Benjamin Bach

data visualization

data science

public engagement

Working on data visualization and making data accessible and understandable by experts and non-experts. Data visualization is essential in understanding complex processes and data sets. Especially, techniques from storytelling and visual communication have huge potential to communicate findings and information to large and diverse audiences. 
Liz Baggs

climate smart technologies

agritechnology

environmental change

Development of mitigation strategies for greenhouse gas emissions from agri-environment systems. This includes international partnerships, and with non-academic stakeholders, to enhance a circular nutrient economy that lowers reliance on inorganic fertilisers in smallholder farming systems. 
Nicholle Bell

environmental adaptation

natural capital

technologies for environmental monitoring

Applying advanced analytical technologies  to understanding how peatlands, Earth's largest terrestrial carbon store, adapt to human activities and climate change. Many believe peatlands store carbon due to the antimicrobial properties of certain molecules, however until now our ability to 'see' inside peat has been hindered by the fact that peat is the most complex mixture on Earth.
Dominic Campopiano

biocatalysis

industrial biotechnology

sustainability

Using biocatalysts (natural and engineered) to catalyse chemical reactions, as well as developing chemical tools to reduce waste and increase yields of enzyme-catalysed chemical reactions.
Virginia Echevarri-Bravo

biotechnology

synthetic biology

nanotechnology

Development of biological methods for recycling and up-cycling metals contained in spent lithium ion batteries; metal bio-recycling methods can support the development of more sustainable/greener recycling methods for enabling a circular economy. Reduce reliance on the current sources of raw materials associated with human rights abuses and decrease mining activities that have a negative effect on  human and environmental health.
Victor Elvira

AI

statistics

signal processing

Interested in time-series, Bayesian modeling, and statistical methods for inference/prediction. Most of the tools I develop can be directly applied in problems relevant to sustainability.
Andrew Free

biotechnology

anti-microbial resistance

biogeochemical cycling

Interested in the application of microbial communities to bioremediation, sustainable waste treatment and energy generation from waste. We also have interests in the evolution and spread of antimicrobial resistance and approaches to tackling it.
Claire Hobday

energy

decarbonising heating and cooling

Tackling issues of heating and cooling through understanding and developing solid-state refrigerant materials. We do this by analysing the structure of materials via diffraction and computational methods and understanding how the refrigerant properties are altered.
Louise Horsfall

sustainable biotechnology

resource efficiency

synthetic biology

Translating academic research into novel industrially-usable platforms for the sustainable production of scientifically improved enzymes, bio-based chemicals and other bio-derived materials by exploiting new analytical and bio-based technologies. Our disruptive innovations will lead to the development of unique and sustainable new products, derived from wastes and by-products, and demonstration of their cost-efficient and energy-saving production using novel biomanufacturing technologies.
Susan Jarvis 
 

sustainable Food systems

agritech

animal welfare science

I work in the area of Sustainable Food Systems, and in particular the role of animal welfare science to ensure sustainable and socially acceptable food production systems.  In regard to teaching I lead the delivery of undergraduate programmes and courses in Global Agriculture and Food Security.  I also lead the DDI Agritech Talent programme at Easter Bush Campus which is aimed at upskilling learners in data science and technology relevant to sustainable food systems.  
Joe Kennedy

sustainable food systems

 AI

chronic disease

My research runs simulations to assess the health and environmental impact of shifting diets, particularly focused on red and processed meat consumption in the US. I'm interested in utilising novel machine learning methods in such simulations to boost their performance as well as integrate new datasets to assess a broader array of questions involving land use change and biodiversity impacts. Also involved in a project aiming to assess the impact on biodiversity from organic vs non-organic agriculture.      
Ruth King

ecology

statistics/AI

conservation

Expertise in statistical ecology, and in particular developing new statistical tools and associated model-fitting tools to analyse different types of ecological data. The aim is to improve our understanding of the given ecosystem which in turn may aid, for example, conservation management.
Oisin Mac Aodha

AI for conservation

AI for education

Development of automated AI-based solutions for golobal scale biodiversity monitoring and computer-assisted tools for providing scalable and cost effective personalised education. 
Dimitri Mignard

water-energy-food nexus

agritechnology

desalination

Technologies for irrigation, desalination and energy access, assisting with access to clean water, food production and reforestation, all using clean energy, and dedicated to serve poor communities in low income countries. 
Dominic Moran
environmental, agricultural and food systems economics
Interested in definitions and metrics of sustainability, economic appraisal of technological options using non-market valuation, and behavioral and political appraisal of technology adoption. 
Diego Oyarzún

biotechnology

synthetic biology

AI

data science

Computational modelling and data science for better biotech solutions to global sustainability challenges.
Bart Pander
autotrophic biotechnology bussiness Interested in non-photosynthetic autotrophic microbiology and biotechnology.
Matthew Staitis

geology

palaeoclimatology

climate science

Interested in the study of past climates (palaeoclimatology) to inform us of the consequences we face under different scenarios and highlights humanity's role as a geological force in shaping our climate future going forward.
Joyce Tait

life science innovation

policy and regulation

responsible innovation

Focus on genetic technology solutions to challenges relevant to Net Zero and biodiversity policy objectives, considering: development of business models and value chains for innovative technologies; regulatory systems, standards and guidelines and how they can support of constrain innovation. 
Christopher Wood

biotechnology

AI

bioinformatics

Developing new methods for protein design. We collaborate broadly to apply our methods to address challenges in sustainability, both in agriculture and industry. We have a particular interest in developing protein-based sensors as well as novel enzymes that incorporate unnatural cofactors to expand their chemistry.