Projects


My projects have addressed pressing issues related to antimicrobial resistance, climate change, open science, emerging technologies, biodiversity and consumer behaviours. I believe that making better decisions means embracing complexity and the interrelationships between what we know and how we act.

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Sustainable use of pesticides

The use of pesticides, including their health and environmental risks, is an issue of high societal concern in the EU. It’s a polarised topic, with strong views about their benefits and harms. The EU already has one of the strictest...   Read more
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Producer cooperation and agricultural sustainability

The EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) provides direct income support to farmers, market measures to enhance food security, and development measures to promote rural economies. The CAP recognises the need to address welfare and distributional concerns for producers and promotes...   Read more
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National Food Strategy

Food touches every part of our lives. But the way it’s produced, distributed, marketed and consumed raises serious policy questions. The National Food Strategy is an independent review that considers how the UK food sector currently works and what options...   Read more
food systems foresight

Food systems foresight

Food systems are complex systems that are, in turn, interdependent with other complex systems, such as health, energy, climate and agriculture systems. They involve many actors, relationships and processes as well as difficult-to-predict events. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is...   Read more
global health security

Global health security

Global health security has taken on new importance in the wake of the COVID crisis. Indeed, the spread of infectious disease has been deadlier than world wars. Yet there are other threats to public health, which are less overt but...   Read more
drought on farmland

Technology’s potential to tackle climate change in global agri-food systems

Climate change poses significant challenges to global agri-food systems. For example, increased drought and flooding can have large effects on crop yields and food prices. The agri-food system also contributes to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The agri-food system will...   Read more
animal welfare

Animal welfare evaluation

Animal welfare has been a growing field of focus for the EU since the first legislative provisions were established in 1974. Today, the Commission uses a combination of legislative and non-legislative tools to protect the welfare of animals in the...   Read more
impact assessment

Impact assessment of the EMA fees system

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) provides scientific evaluation, supervision and safety monitoring of medicines in the EU. The EMA fees system helps to ensure a sound financial basis for the assessments underpinning EU medicines authorisations. It also supports other services...   Read more
genetic resources

DSI and its role in the use of genetic resources

Genetic resources are plants, animals or micro-organisms that are researched to identify their beneficial properties. These may then be used to increase scientific knowledge or develop commercial products. Digital sequence information (DSI) refers to the digital representation of genetic resources,...   Read more
antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance historical foresight

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) refers to the ability of bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms to no longer respond to medicines. AMR is typically characterised as a complex problem that requires many different parties to come together to fully address it. Typically,...   Read more