I’ve been based at SRUC since 2002, where my main area of research is analysing agricultural (and occasionally aquacultural) systems and identifying cost-effective ways of reducing environmental impact. I’m also interested in the broader challenges posed by agriculture-environment interactions and food security. I’ve undertaken 20 projects (9 as principal investigator) in this area over the last 10 years, usually using life-cycle approaches and fairly rudimentary excel-based models of agricultural systems and food supply chains. From 2010 to 2012 I went on a career break to lead the Life-Cycle Analysis Team in FAO’s Livestock Policy Branch, during which I contributed to the development of the Global Livestock Environmental Assessment Model (GLEAM, see: http://www.fao.org/gleam/en/), and used it to analyse GHG emissions arising from global livestock production. I also supervise a small cohort of PhD students and teach an MSc Module on Food Security.

My vision of success for collaborative research is …where partners have a clear shared view of the question they are trying to answer, appreciate why the question matters and understand the information required to answer the question.