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Dr Jonathan Cooper

BSc PhD FRGS

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. 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. His research on the water-energy-food nexus in agricultural policy has been published recently by Routledge. Jonathan is a member of the UKUAT (UK Urban AgriTech collective) working group on Research & Expertise. Jonathan welcomes contact from prospective postgraduate research students interested in developing proposals related to his interests.

Research Interests

  • Agricultural/Environmental Policy
  • Agricultural Geography
  • Climate Change Policy
  • Energy Policy
  • Environmental Land Management
  • Geographies of Energy
  • Low Carbon Transitions
  • 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

International Projects

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 co-applicant, the Royal Scientific Society, Jordan) received £20,000 from the Royal Academy of Engineering under the Frontiers of Engineering for Development scheme for a project entitled 'Enhancing food security through urban farming systems in Jordan'. Dr Cooper is the lead applicant for this project during 2020-21.

Dr Cooper (along with partners, the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers and the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, UK) received £159,413 from the Royal Academy of Engineering under the GCRF Africa Catalyst Phase 3 scheme for a project entitled ‘Growing agricultural engineering in Africa'. Dr Cooper is leading the University's involvement in this project during 2019-21.

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 during 2018-19.   

Undergraduate Teaching

  • 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)
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation (C6001)
  • Sustainable Energy (R6022)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Advanced Research Methods: Social Sciences (F7031)
  • Land Use and Management (R7040)
  • Rural Land Policy (R7049)
  • Sustainable Farming Systems (C7060)
  • Sustainable Energy within the Countryside (C7072)

Research Supervision

  • MRes thesis: Vertical farming in the United Kingdom: consumers' and producers' perceptions of its sustainability
  • MSc thesis: Building resilience within agriculture: the impacts of drought and flooding on Welsh beef and sheep systems
  • MSc thesis: Livestock farmers' perceptions of veganism in Wales
  • 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
  • Member of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers

Academic Department: Agriculture and Environment

Academic Department: Agriculture and Environment

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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