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    Possible PhD projects

    PhD project titles are listed below, grouped by academic department, with the names of academic staff at Harper Adams University who could supervise each project.

    Select the supervisor's name to view their online profile.

    If you are able to fund your PhD through your own or your Government's or employer's funding, or if you are intending to apply for a charity sponsored studentship or a Government loan, then please email the relevant member of staff if there are projects which are of interest to you and you would like further information.


    Agriculture and Environment
    • Strategies to improve reproductive performance of dairy cows -Dr Emma Bleach
    • Investigations of factors influencing oestrous expression / oestrous detection in dairy cows - Dr Emma Bleach
    • Feeding strategies to enhance early life and long term productivity and wellbeing of dairy bred calves - Dr Emma Bleach
    • Management of dairy bred calves to enhance wellbeing - Dr Emma Bleach
    • Mineral nutrition and the immune system - Dr Sandy Mackenzie
    • Alternative protein sources towards net zero carbon broiler chicken production - Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
    • Understanding and improving the feeding value of protein sources for broiler chickens - Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
    • Dietary influences on the rumen microbiome and its impact on the performance of dairy cows - Professor Liam Sinclair
    • Reducing the environmental impact of dairy cows (N/P/methane) and improving the fatty acid composition of milk - Professor Liam Sinclair
    • Improving the trace mineral nutrition of dairy cows - Professor Liam Sinclair
    • Enhancing biofumigation of potato cyst nematodes through optimal nutrient inputs - Dr Matthew Back
    • Use of solanaceous trap crops for the management of potato cyst nematodes - Dr Matthew Back
    • Integrated approaches for the management of wireworm in potatoes - Dr Matthew Back
    • Farmer attitudes to the uptake of sustainable technology/renewable energy - Dr Jonathan Cooper
    • Rural electrification in the Global South - Dr Jonathan Cooper
    • Urban agriculture: environmental, social and economic aspects - Dr Jonathan Cooper
    • Other titles involving qualitative research methods: questionnaires, interviews, focus groups etc - Dr Jonathan Cooper
    • Understanding mode-of-action of products for reducing drought and heat stress in crops - Professor Peter Kettlewell
    • Potential for ABA to manipulate timing of soft fruit ripening - Professor Peter Kettlewell
    • Identifying wild crops with traits of interest for breeding climate resilient vegetable crops - Dr Jim Monaghan
    • Managing the postharvest quality of fresh produce crops - Dr Jim Monaghan
    • Agronomic practices for urban production of fruit and vegetable crops - Dr Jim Monaghan
    • Influence of constant and fluctuating temperatures of aphid parasitoids - Dr Tom Pope
    • The biology, ecology and control of Otiorhynchus spp. affecting horticultural crops - Dr Tom Pope
    • Investigating the chemical ecology of aphid hyperparasitoids - Dr Tom Pope
    • Transforming the Urban Landscape through horticulture and technology - Dr Laura Vickers
    • Plant-herbivory interactions: Understanding the mechanisms of crop defense against aphids - Dr Laura Vickers
    • Understanding the agronomic and biological attributes for postharvest disorders in fresh produce crops - Dr Laura Vickers
    • Optimising Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) in fresh produce production - Dr Laura Vickers
    • Evolutionary ecology and population genetics of fig wasp communities - Dr Simon Segar
    • Predicting herbivore host use from phylogenetic and plant chemistry data - Dr Simon Segar
    • Epidemiology and control of Fusarium head blight in wheat - Professor Simon Edwards
    • Epidemiology and control of Fusarium panicle blight in oats - Professor Simon Edwards
    • Biological control of Fusarium head blight - Professor Simon Edwards
    • Multifunctional vegetative strips to deliver ecosystem services on farmland - Dr Nicola Randall
    • The use of research and informative synthesis to improve agricultural decision-making - Dr Nicola Randall
    • Evidence syntheses to support decision making for food security resilience - Dr Nicola Randall
    • Data Science applications in Agriculture - Dr Ed Harris
    • Big Data and Sensors in Conservation Monitoring and Ecology - Dr Ed Harris
    • Computer vision applications in Agriculture and Environmental problems - Dr Ed Harris
    • Remote Sensing applications in Ecology and Agriculture - Dr Ed Harris
    • Data Automation in Biodiversity Monitoring - Dr Ed Harris
    • Artifical Intelligence Applications for Animal and Crop Monitoring - Dr Ed Harris
    • Nutrient removal and reuse from animal slurries and manures for nutrient application for crop growth - Dr Marie Kirby
    • Valorisation of agricultural residues and by-products through anaerobic digestion or pyrolysis - Dr Marie Kirby
    • Optimisation of anaerobic digestion - Dr Marie Kirby
    • Landscapes of support for mental wellbeing in farming - Professor David Rose
    • Just agricultural transitions with a focus on stakeholder inclusion - Professor David Rose
    • Responsible innovation of agri-tech - Professor David Rose
    • Human behaviour change in farming, including tech adoption, digital extension, farmer learning etc. - Professor David Rose
    Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare
    Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
    • Cold chain management in meat storage, distribution and retail - Dr Karim Farag
    • Development and validation of an electronic nose-based zoonotic disease detection monitor for on-farm applications - Dr Lynn McIntyre
    • Developing a biosensor-based method for rapid detection of Listeria monocytogenes in food processing environments - Dr Lynn McIntyre
    • Developing an Electronic nose system to simultaneously detect on-farm food safety and animal disease problems - Dr Lynn McIntyre
    • The applications of bacteriophages in food manufacture to improve food quality and safety outcomes - Dr Lynn McIntyre
    • Healthy and Active Ageing in old people: the role of nutrition - Dr Helen Pittson
    • Valorisation of food waste with an emphasis on brewery and/or distillery waste streams (spent grain, spent yeast, etc). However, other food industry wastes will be considered as well - Dr Frank Vriesekoop
    • The Social Science of New Product Development with an emphasis on alternative dietary protein sources - Dr Frank Vriesekoop
    • Understanding the needs of people on a gluten-free diet, including any potential nutrition deficiences and affordability - Dr Frank Vriesekoop
    • Gluten free ingredient functionality - Dr Frank Vriesekoop
    • Protein chemistry for food and functionality. How to turn plant-based proteins into proteins for vegan dairy-mimicked products -
      Dr Frank Vriesekoop
    • Use of agriculture as a tool of political, economic and social stabilsation in post-conflict environments - Dr Richard Byrne
    • Developing agri-preneurship to build livelihoods in emerging economies - Dr Richard Byrne
    • Child labour in agricultural systems and supply chains - Dr Richard Byrne
    • Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking in agricultural systems and supply chains - Dr Richard Byrne
    • Farm crime prevention decision making - Dr Kreseda Smith
    • The impact of agricultural crime on farmer mental health - Dr Kreseda Smith
    • The role of service providers in tackling crime-related farmer stress - Dr Kreseda Smith
    • Farmer stress and ontological security - Dr Kreseda Smith
    • Studying the relationship between international trade and the environment from an international trade network approach - Dr Daniel May
    • Empirical analysis of agricultural trade liberalisation under imperfect competition - Dr Daniel May
    • Understanding consumers; perception of product differentiation from a behavioural point of view - Dr Daniel May
    • Understanding the taskscape in contemporary rural landscapes - Dr Daniel May
    • Competition policy and regulation - Dr Hairong Mu
    • Economic efficiency and sustainable development in the marine industry - Dr Hairong Mu
    • Pedagogic research in teaching and learning - Dr Hairong Mu
    • The role of education in technology use and adoption among farmers - Dr Hairong Mu
    • Governance of long and complex agri-food supply chain - Dr Iona Y Huang
    • Farmers decision making and innovation adoption - Dr Iona Y Huang
    • True cost accounting of sustainable farming - Dr Iona Y Huang
    • Integrated sustainability of land use changes/policies - Dr Iona Y Huang
    • Integrated sustainability of agri-food waste valorisation and minimisation - Dr Iona Y Huang
    • Sustainable consumption and food waste behavioural change - Dr Iona Y Huang
    • Macroeconomic Policies and Economic Growth - Dr Dimitrios Paparas
    • International Economics, FDI and International Trade - Dr Dimitrios Paparas
    • Agricultural Economics and Price Transmission of Agricultural Products - Dr Dimitrios Paparas
    • Assessing the impact of agricultural and environmental policies on farming - Professor Karl Behrendt
    • Assessing the economic impact of precision livestock technologies and management - Professor Karl Behrendt
    • Developing predictive and prescriptive decision support systems for farm business management - Professor Karl Behrendt
    • Bioeconomic modelling of precision grazing and feeding - Professor Karl Behrendt 
    • Economics of robotics for organic field crop and vegetable production - Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer
    • Estimating the economic potential of automation of large scale farm equipment - Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer
    • The impact of Covid in the longer term on demand and supply patterns in the food supply chain - Dr Jane Eastham
    • Losses to nutritional density as a supply chain issue - global/local - Dr Jane Eastham

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