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Dr Jonathan Cooper


Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Technology and Geography

Dr Cooper acts as departmental lead for masters research projects and is a member of the Urban Farming Group. He sits on the Royal Geographical Society’s Midlands Committee and is responsible for organising a series of events open to members and the general public. Jonathan welcomes contact from prospective postgraduate research students interested in developing proposals related to his interests. Dr Cooper holds a BSc in sustainable development from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in energy studies from the University of Central Lancashire. 

Research Interests

  • Agricultural Innovation
  • Climate Change Policy
  • Energy Policy
  • Geographies of Energy
  • Land Management
  • Low Carbon Transition
  • On-Farm Energy
  • Rural Development
  • Rural Sociology
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Sustainability Indicators
  • Sustainable Development
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Waste Management and Resource Efficiency
  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus

African Interests

Dr Cooper sits on the Advisory Board of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Tunisia and advises on agricultural matters. Dr Cooper (along with partners, the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers and the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, UK) received £70,000 from the Royal Academy of Engineering under the GCRF Africa Catalyst Phase 2 scheme for a project entitled ‘Planning for the growth of Agricultural Engineering in Africa by supporting the establishment of AfroAgEng’. Dr Cooper led the University's involvement in this project in 2018.   

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Introduction to Geomorphology (C4005)
  • Practical Geography Skills 1 (C4008)
  • Contemporary Countryside and Environmental Issues (C4012)
  • Wastes, Manures and Renewables (C5007)
  • Social Geography and Sustainable Development (C5017)
  • Practical Geography Skills 2 (C5020)
  • Research Methods for Environmental Scientists (C5010)
  • Sustainable Energy and the Rural Estate (C6007)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Advanced Research Methods: Social Sciences (F7031)
  • Sustainable Farming Systems (C7060)
  • Sustainable Energy within the Countryside (C7072)

Resarch Supervison

  • MSc thesis: Livestock farmers' perceptions of and attitudes towards veganism
  • MSc thesis: The role of land agents in advocating renewable energy and its benefits to landowners
  • MSc thesis: Organic farming in Shropshire: barriers, perceptions and motivations
  • MSc thesis: Renewable energy schemes on agricultural land: case study research from North Nottinghamshire

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic Department: Crop and Environment Sciences

Tel: 01952 815387

Office: G11 Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building

Research profile: ORCID

Additional Information
  • External examiner, School of Energy, Construction and Environment, Coventry University, 2017-2021
  • Visiting professor, Agricultural Faculty, Dalhousie University, 2016


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