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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 Health, Behaviour and Welfare  Dr Emma Bleach
Youngstock rearing practices including dairy calves and heifers, dairy-bred beef calves Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare  Dr Emma Bleach
Fish pathology/immunology/nutrition Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare  Dr Tharangani Herath
Sperm-cervix interactions in sheep Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare Dr Claire Kershaw
Effect of cryopreservation on sperm transit in the ewe reproductive tract Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare Dr Claire Kershaw
Assisted reproductive technologies in camelids Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare Dr Claire Kershaw
Mineral nutrition and the immune system Agriculture and Environment Dr Sandy Mackenzie
The use of prebiotics in the management of pig gut health as an alternative to metaphylactic pharmaceutical zinc oxide Agriculture and Environment Dr Steve Mansbridge
Dietary means to reduce heat stress in poultry Agriculture and Environment Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
Dietary means to alleviate the negative impact of cocci vaccines on poultry growth performance Agriculture and Environment Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
The effect of feed additives on physiological and production traits and its interaction in broiler chickens with thermal tolerance Agriculture and Environment Dr Vasil Pirgozliev
Precision grazing management Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare Professor Mark Rutter
Using precision livestock technologies to monitor farm animal welfare Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare Professor Mark Rutter
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor and manage free-ranging livestock Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare Professor Mark Rutter
Dietary influences on the rumen microbiome and its impact on the performance of dairy cows Agriculture and Environment Professor Liam Sinclair
Reducing the environmental impact of dairy cows (N/P/methane) and improving the fatty acid composition of milk Agriculture and Environment Professor Liam Sinclair
Improving the trace mineral nutrition of dairy cows Agriculture and Environment Professor Liam Sinclair
Using preventative/pro-active approaches to reduce health problems in livestock and horses Animal Health, Behaviour and Welfare Dr Malgorzata Behnke
Enhancing biofumigation of potato cyst nematodes through optimal nutrient inputs Agriculture and Environment Dr Matthew Back
Use of solanaceous trap crops for the management of potato cyst nematodes Agriculture and Environment Dr Matthew Back
Factors affecting partial biofumigation of potato cyst nematodes Agriculture and Environment Dr Matthew Back
Farmer attitudes to the uptake of sustainable technology/renewable energy Agriculture and Environment Dr Jonathan Cooper
Rural electrification in the Global South Agriculture and Environment Dr Jonathan Cooper
Urban agriculture: environmental, social and economic aspects Agriculture and Environment Dr Jonathan Cooper
Other titles involving qualitative research methods: questionnaires, interviews, focus groups etc Agriculture and Environment Dr Jonathan Cooper
Understanding reproductive and hormonal physiology during drought damage in crop plants Agriculture and Environment Professor Peter Kettlewell
Physics and physiology of water loss in film antitranspirant-treated crop plants Agriculture and Environment Professor Peter Kettlewell
Temperature-drought interactions in mitigation of crop drought stress by film antitranspirants Agriculture and Environment Professor Peter Kettlewell
Identifying wild crops with traits of interest for breeding climate resilient vegetable crops Agriculture and Environment Dr Jim Monaghan
Managing the postharvest quality of fresh produce crops Agriculture and Environment Dr Jim Monaghan
Agronomic practices for urban production of fruit and vegetable crops Agriculture and Environment Dr Jim Monaghan
Influence of constant and fluctuating temperatures of aphid parasitoids Agriculture and Environment Dr Tom Pope
The biology, ecology and control of Otiorhynchus spp. affecting horticultural crops Agriculture and Environment Dr Tom Pope
Investigating the chemical ecology of aphid hyperparasitoids Agriculture and Environment Dr Tom Pope
Transforming the Urban Landscape through horticulture and technology Agriculture and Environment Dr Laura Vickers
Plant-herbivory interactions: Understanding the mechanisms of defence of Latuca sativa against Myzus persicae Agriculture and Environment Dr Laura Vickers
Understanding the agronomic and biological attributes for postharvest disorders Agriculture and Environment Dr Laura Vickers
Evolutionary ecology and population genetics of fig wasp communities Agriculture and Environment Dr Simon Segar
Predicting herbivore host use from phylogenetic and plant chemistry data Agriculture and Environment Dr Simon Segar
Epidemiology and control of Fusarium head blight in wheat Agriculture and Environment Professor Simon Edwards
Epidemiology and control of Fusarium panicle blight in oats Agriculture and Environment Professor Simon Edwards
Biological control of Fusarium head blight Agriculture and Environment Professor Simon Edwards
Multifunctional vegetative strips to deliver ecosystem services on farmland Agriculture and Environment Dr Nicola Randall
The use of research and informative synthesis to improve agricultural decision-making Agriculture and Environment Dr Nicola Randall
Evidence syntheses to support decision making for food security resilience Agriculture and Environment 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
Cold chain management in meat storage, distribution and retail Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Karim Farag
Development and validation of an electronic nose-based zoonotic disease detection monitor for on-farm applications Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Lynn McIntyre
Developing a biosensor-based method for rapid detection of Listeria monocytogenes in food processing environments Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Lynn McIntyre
Developing an Electronic nose system to simultaneously detect on-farm food safety and animal disease problems Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Lynn McIntyre
The applications of bacteriophages in food manufacture to improve food quality and safety outcomes Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Lynn McIntyre
The potential of Mass Spectrometry to assess specific food spoilage and safety issues Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Lynn McIntyre
Healthy and Active Ageing in old people: the role of nutrition Food, Land and Agribusiness Management 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 Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Frank Vriesekoop
The Social Science of New Product Development with an emphasis on alternative dietary protein sources Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Frank Vriesekoop
Understanding the needs of people on a gluten-free diet, including any potential nutrition deficiences and affordability Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Frank Vriesekoop
Gluten free ingredient functionality Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Dr Frank Vriesekoop
Protein chemistry for food and functionality. How to turn plant-based proteins into proteins for vegan dairy-mimicked products Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Dr Frank Vriesekoop
Horizontal-Spatial and/or Vertical price transmission and asymmetry in agricultural products/markets Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Ourania Tremma
Price relations between energy/biofuels and agricultural commodity products/markets Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Ourania Tremma
Price volatility transmission and asymmetry between agricultural products/markets Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Ourania Tremma
Trade policies/Common Agricultural Policy and Market Integration in the EU/World Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Ourania Tremma
Use of agriculture as a tool of political, economic and social stabilsation in post-conflict environments Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Richard Byrne
Developing agri-preneurship to build livelihoods in emerging economies Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Richard Byrne
Child labour in agricultural systems and supply chains Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Richard Byrne
Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking in agricultural systems and supply chains Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Richard Byrne
Farm crime prevention decision making Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Kreseda Smith
The impact of agricultural crime on farmer mental health Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Kreseda Smith
The role of service providers in tackling crime-related farmer stress Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Kreseda Smith
Farmer stress and ontological security Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Kreseda Smith
Studying the relationship between international trade and the environment from an international trade network approach Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Daniel May
Empirical analysis of agricultural trade liberalisation under imperfect competition Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Dr Daniel May
Understanding consumers; perception of product differentiation from a behavioural point of view Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Dr Daniel May
Understanding the taskscape in contemporary rural landscapes Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Dr Daniel May
Competition policy and regulation Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Hairong Mu
Economic efficiency and sustainable development in the marine industry Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Hairong Mu
Pedagogic research in teaching and learning Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Hairong Mu
Governance of long and complex agri-food supply chain Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Iona Y Huang
Farmers decision making and innovation adoption Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Dr Iona Y Huang
True cost accounting of sustainable farming Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Dr Iona Y Huang
Integrated sustainability of land use changes/policies Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Dr Iona Y Huang
Integrated sustainability of agri-food waste valorisation and minimisation Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Dr Iona Y Huang
Sustainable consumption and food waste behavioural change Food, Land and Agribusiness Management
Dr Iona Y Huang
Macroeconomic Policies and Economic Growth Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Dimitrios Paparas
International Economics, FDI and International Trade Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Dimitrios Paparas
Agricultural Economics and Price Transmission of Agricultural Products Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Dr Dimitrios Paparas
Assessing the impact of agricultural and environmental policies on farming Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Professor Karl Behrendt
Assessing the economic impact of precision livestock technologies and management Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Professor Karl Behrendt
Developing predictive and prescriptive decision support systems for farm business management Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Professor Karl Behrendt
Economics of robotics for organic field crop and vegetable production Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer
Estimating the economic potential of automation of large scale farm equipment Food, Land and Agribusiness Management Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer

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