Dr Cooper manages honours research projects for environmental undergraduates and acts as departmental lead for masters research projects. Dr Cooper holds a BSc in sustainable development from the University of St Andrews and a PhD in environmental management from the University of Central Lancashire. His research on the water-energy-food nexus in agricultural policy has been published by Routledge; his work on energy crops has been published recently by Elsevier. Jonathan welcomes contact from prospective postgraduate research students interested in developing proposals related to his interests.
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 was the lead applicant for this project during 2020-21. More information can be found here.
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 led 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.
Dr Cooper sits on the Advisory Board of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Tunisia and advises on agricultural matters.
Cooper; J. C. (2023) ‘Energy and Industrial Crops’ in: Samuel, A. and Dines, L. (eds) Lockhart and Wiseman’s Crop Husbandry including Grassland, 10th ed, Oxford: Woodhead, pp. 455–464.
Cooper, J. C. (2022) ‘Farmer Perceptions of Carbon Sequestration’ Soil and Water Winter Conference, Harper Adams University, Newport, 13th January.
Cooper, J. C. (2021) ‘Stakeholder Perceptions of Agricultural Engineering in Africa’ in: Taylor, A. J., Opara, U. L. and Smithers, J. (eds) Agricultural Engineering in Africa, Pretoria: Pan African Society for Agricultural Engineering, pp. 66–69.
Stormonth-Darling, J., Symonds, R., Cooper, J. C., Burton, S. and Ransom, J. (2020) Homeworking and Vacant Office Space: Can Urban Agriculture Fill the Void?, Liverpool: UKUAT (UK Urban AgriTech).
Cooper, J. C. (2019) ‘The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Agricultural Policy’ in: Koulouri, A. and Mouraviev, N. (eds.) Policy and Governance in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 64–74.
Cooper, J. C. (2017) ‘Rural Land Use in Conflict? Energy and Food in the UK’ in: Eastham, J. et al. (eds.) Contemporary Issues in Food Supply Chain Management, Oxford: Goodfellow, pp. 198–203.
You can contact Dr Jonathan Cooper if you would like to discuss any of the following course modules: