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Possible PhD Projects

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

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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.

  

Project title Department Supervisor
Reproductive physiology in dairy cows Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Emma Bleach
Youngstock rearing practices including dairy calves and heifers, dairy-bred beef calves Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Emma Bleach
Fish pathology/immunology/nutrition Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Tharangani Herath
Sperm-cervix interactions in sheep Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Claire Kershaw
Effect of cryopreservation on sperm transit in the ewe reproductive tract Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Claire Kershaw
Assisted reproductive technologies in camelids Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Claire Kershaw
Mineral nutrition and the immune system Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Sandy Mackenzie
The use of prebiotics in the management of pig gut health as an alternative to metaphylactic pharmaceutical zinc oxide Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Steve Mansbridge
Dietary means to reduce heat stress in poultry Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
Dietary means to alleviate the negative impact of cocci vaccines on poultry growth performance Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
The effect of feed additives on physiological and production traits and its interaction in broiler chickens with thermal tolerance Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
Creating value and co-producing healthcare in livestock veterinary services: application of human health care modelling to the animal health sector Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Alison Pyatt
Precision grazing management Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Mark Rutter
Using precision livestock technologies to monitor farm animal welfare Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Mark Rutter
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor and manage free-ranging livestock Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Mark Rutter
Dietary influences on the rumen microbiome and its impact on the performance of dairy cows Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Liam Sinclair
Reducing the environmental impact of dairy cows (N/P/methane) and improving the fatty acid composition of milk Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Liam Sinclair
Improving the trace mineral nutrition of dairy cows Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Professor Liam Sinclair
Using preventative/pro-active approaches to reduce health problems in livestock and horses Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences Dr Malgorzata Behnke
Enhancing biofumigation of potato cyst nematodes through optimal nutrient inputs Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Matthew Back
Use of solanaceous trap crops for the management of potato cyst nematodes Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Matthew Back
Factors affecting partial biofumigation of potato cyst nematodes Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Matthew Back
Farmer attitudes to the uptake of sustainable technology/renewable energy Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jonathan Cooper
Rural electrification in the Global South Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jonathan Cooper
Urban agriculture: environmental, social and economic aspects Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jonathan Cooper
Other titles involving qualitative research methods: questionnaires, interviews, focus groups etc Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jonathan Cooper
Understanding reproductive and hormonal physiology during drought damage in crop plants Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Peter Kettlewell
Physics and physiology of water loss in film antitranspirant-treated crop plants Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Peter Kettlewell
Temperature-drought interactions in mitigation of crop drought stress by film antitranspirants Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Peter Kettlewell
Identifying wild crops with traits of interest for breeding climate resilient vegetable crops Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jim Monaghan
Managing the postharvest quality of fresh produce crops Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jim Monaghan
Agronomic practices for urban production of fruit and vegetable crops Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Jim Monaghan
Influence of constant and fluctuating temperatures of aphid parasitoids Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Tom Pope
The biology, ecology and control of Otiorhynchus spp. affecting horticultural crops Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Tom Pope
Investigating the chemical ecology of aphid hyperparasitoids Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Tom Pope
Transforming the Urban Landscape through horticulture and technology Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Laura Vickers
Plant-herbivory interactions: Understanding the mechanisms of defence of Latuca sativa against Myzus persicae Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Laura Vickers
Understanding the agronomic and biological attributes for postharvest disorders Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Laura Vickers
Using plant extracts as a possible control strategy against the large pine weevil,Hylobius abietis Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Simon Leather
The influence of the aphids,Elatobium abietinum,Cinara pilicornisandEulachnus agilison the growth and form of Christmas trees Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Simon Leather
The role of earwigs as aphid predators in arable and vegetable crops Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Simon Leather
Evolutionary ecology and population genetics of fig wasp communities Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Simon Segar
Predicting herbivore host use from phylogenetic and plant chemistry data Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Simon Segar
Epidemiology and control of Fusarium head blight in wheat Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Simon Edwards
Epidemiology and control of Fusarium panicle blight in oats Crop and Environment Science Professor Simon Edwards
Biological control of Fusarium head blight Crop and Environment Sciences Professor Simon Edwards
Multifunctional vegetative strips to deliver ecosystem services on farmland Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Nicola Randall
The use of research and informative synthesis to improve agricultural decision-making Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Nicola Randall
Evidence syntheses to support decision making for food security resilience Crop and Environment Sciences Dr Nicola Randall
Development of agricultural robots Engineering Sam Wane
Laser weeding Engineering Sam Wane
Novel uses of drones in farming Engineering Sam Wane
Veterinary (small and large animal) orthopaedics Engineering Dr Ian Moorcroft
Gait analysis and recovery monitoring Engineering Dr Ian Moorcroft
Exploring the factors which influence the compensatory behaviours adopted by individuals with drunkorexia Food Technology and Innovation Dr Annette Creedon
Cold chain management in meat storage, distribution and retail Food Technology and Innovation Dr Karim Farag
Development and validation of an electronic nose-based zoonotic disease detection monitor for on-farm applications Food Technology and Innovation Dr Lynn McIntyre
Developing a biosensor-based method for rapid detection of Listeria monocytogenes in food processing environments Food Technology and Innovation Dr Lynn McIntyre
Developing an Electronic nose system to simultaneously detect on-farm food safety and animal disease problems Food Technology and Innovation Dr Lynn McIntyre
The applications of bacteriophages in food manufacture to improve food quality and safety outcomes Food Technology and Innovation Dr Lynn McIntyre
The potential of Mass Spectrometry to assess specific food spoilage and safety issues Food Technology and Innovation Dr Lynn McIntyre
Demanding food supply chains: a catalyst for modern slavery Food technology and Innovation Dr Rounaq Nayak
Voluntary Private Social Standards and its impact on post-BREXIT UK Food Technology and Innovation Dr Rounaq Nayak
Blockchain Resilience: Food fraud risks of a decentralised ledger system Food Technology and Innovation Dr Rounaq Nayak
Valorisation of fibres and vitamins derived from grains that are produced entirely by autonomous machines Food Technology and Innovation Dr Paraskevi Paximada
Healthy and Active Ageing in old people: the role of nutrition Food Technology and Innovation Dr Helen Pittson
Do pets make you happy? An investigation into pet ownership and thecreationandco-creationofhappiness Food Technology and Innovation Dr Keith Walley
Industrial luxury: The nature and role ofluxuryin the industrial context Food Technology and Innovation Dr Keith Walley
Consumer happiness and purchase types: the nature, characteristics and impact ofmaterialandexperientialpurchases onhappiness Food Technology and Innovation Dr Keith Walley
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 Food Technology and Innovation Dr Frank Vriesekoop
The Social Science of New Product Development with an emphasis on alternative dietary protein sources Food Technology and Innovation Dr Frank Vriesekoop
Developing entrepreneurship within young farmers Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Richard Byrne
Use of agriculture as a tool of political, economic and social stabilisation in post conflict environments Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Richard Byrne
Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking in agricultural systems and supply chains Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Richard Byrne
Risk Management with focus on Agricultural Insurance and Marine Insurance Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Hairong Mu
Cost-Benefit analysis of new technology in farming sector Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Hairong Mu
Pedagogic research: adoption of technology to enhance teaching and learning Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Hairong Mu
Macroeconomic Policies and Economic Growth Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Dimitrios Paparas
International Economics, FDI and International Trade Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Dimitrios Paparas
Agricultural Economics and Price Transmission of Agricultural Products Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Dimitrios Paparas
Re-designing production systems and transforming value chains with agri-tech and machine learning Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Professor Karl Behrendt
Assessing the economic impact of precision livestock technologies and management Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Professor Karl Behrendt
Developing predictive and prescriptive decision support systems for farm business management Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Professor Karl Behrendt
Economics of robotics for organic field crop and vegetable production Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer
Impact of field size and shape on profitability with conventional and robotic machines Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer
Estimating the economic potential of automation of large scale farm equipment Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer
Estimating the economic impact of legal and regulatory constraints on crop robotics Land, Farm and Agribusiness Management Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer

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