Dr Aidong Yang (Principal Investigator) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford. He has extensive research experience in Process Systems Engineering, particularly modelling and optimisation for the design of sustainable production and energy systems. He is leading on the system integration feasibility project.
Dr John Ingram (Co-investigator) is the Food Programme Leader at Environmental Change Institute (ECI) in the University of Oxford. He has over 15 years experience in promoting food systems thinking and research across the world. He is leading on the food feasibility project.
Dr Kourosh Behzadian is an Associate Research Fellow in the Centre for Water Systems at Exeter. His research interests include a variety of activities in modelling, planning and management of urban water systems and hydro-systems. His recent work has focused on sustainability type assessment of metabolism-based performance in urban water systems. He is working on the water feasibility project.
David Bradley is a Principal Research Associate, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University. David has directed numerous feasibility studies and policy studies. He is working on the policy and society feasibility project.
Professor David Butler is Professor of Water Engineering at the University of Exeter and is Co-director of the Centre for Water Systems. He specialises in urban water management and is the water feasibility project lead.
Julian Cottee has a background as a social entrepreneur working to improve food systems at a city region level in Oxfordshire, his home. He has also worked as a food systems consultant for organisations including WWF, the National Trust and the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit. He is contributing to the Food Feasibility Project for the Local Nexus Network.
Clare Downing is an adaptation science specialist in UKCIP at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) in the University of Oxford. She is the Network Coordinator for the Local Nexus Network.
Dr Raziyeh Farmani is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Water Systems at Exeter. Her research interests span urban water systems, water resources management and asset management. She is co-leading the water feasibility project.
Dr Jane Glover is a research fellow at the University of Birmingham and specialises in small family firms and entrepreneurship research. She has worked on various projects in the agricultural industry for over ten years ranging from survival strategies, gender issues and emotional well-being. She is working on the business models and practices feasibility project.
Professor Matthew Leach is Professor of Energy and Environmental Systems in the multidisciplinary Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey. His research relates to decentralised energy supply systems and demand-side management, looking at the environmental and economic performance of emerging technologies, and at policy aspects. He is the energy feasibility project investigator.
Dr Alma López-Avilés is a Research Fellow in the multidisciplinary Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey. Alma has experience in the public and private sectors and is a chartered member of the Institution of Water and Environmental Management and a Chartered Scientist. She is working on the energy feasibility project.
Professor Andy Pike is Professor of Local and Regional Development and Director, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University. He is working on the policy and society feasibility project.
Professor Lisa De Propris is a Professor of Regional Economic Development, and the Director of the GVC Research Cluster in University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on theorising and analysing firms’ external connections, linkages and relationships, which includes particularly small firms in clusters, the competitiveness of clusters and places, regional development; and innovation and knowledge creation in clusters. She is working on the business models and practice feasibility project.
Dr Laura Purvis is a Lecturer in Logistics and Operations Management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. She specialises in supply chain management strategies, with a particular focus on flexible production and supply systems. She is working on the business models and practice feasibility project.
Dr Pamela Robinson is a Lecturer in Comparative Employment Relations in the Department of Strategy and International Business at the University of Birmingham. She is working on the business models and practice feasibility project.
Dr Hans Veldhuis is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering Science of the University of Oxford. He has experience in modelling and simulation of sustainable energy systems and has a background in mechanical engineering.