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Dr Jessica Davies

Lecturer in Sustainability

Jessica Davies

LEC Building



Tel: +44 1524 595009

Research overview

I work at the interface between environmental science, engineering and business as I believe all these aspects (and more) need to come together in the pursuit of sustainability. In my scientific research, I develop models that help us understand and predict change in plant, soil and water systems. In this work, I am keen to explore how we can borrow concepts and techniques from engineering and data sciences to advance these capabilities. Beyond the science, I am engaged in exploring how these models can be help us make sustainable decisions: can they help us make land management choices, manage risk, or motivate investment in nature? 

PhD supervision

I have a couple of PhD studentship opportunities at the moment involving environmental modelling and data science and machine learning. For more info, please get in touch with me by email. https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=98377

Current Research

My current research focuses on sustainable soils and land-use. Improving our understanding of soil sustainability and our management of soils is critical to meeting society’s needs for food and water, for protecting communities from floods and droughts, for supporting our natural environment and regulating climate. I aim to advance our scientific understanding of how land use change, soil degradation and altered nutrient cycles influence the sustainability of soils and the multiple services they provide.

In my EPSRC Living With Environmental Change Fellowship I mix engineering and environmental science to further our understanding of soils as a critical infrastructure that supports our societies: providing us with food, filtering and buffering flows of water, and regulating the carbon cycle. We need to better understand the value of this infrastructure to society and its resilience to changing management and climate.

Business and Enterprise

I am engaging with corporations to co-design more sustainable solutions for businesses, societies and our planet. Businesses are key actors in soil management: agricultural industries directly influence soil, but many major corporations indirectly influence soils through acquisition of raw materials in their supply chains. How supply chains influence soil sustainability and its links to food, water, climate and ecosystems is a complex and critical knowledge gap for science, business and governance.

To find out more, read my Nature comment on the business case for soils or an introduction to natural capital approaches for business from a recent NERC Valuing Nature project with Olam International. 

Professional Role

I lead the Lancaster Environment Centre Sustainability Group: a diverse team of researchers and non-academic staff who are working together to enhance the environmental sustainability of the department and its community of staff, students and partners. If you’re interested in getting involved, please get in touch.

Current Teaching

I teach on a variety of undergraduate modules across LEC and Organisation Work & Technology in LUMS and supervise undergraduate and masters dissertation students.

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