Urban agriculture has the potential to play an increasingly important role in food security and sustainability. It offers alternative practices, business models and social models for food production, supply and consumption.
The N8 AgriFood Urban Agriculture Cluster aims to reflect the changing landscape of agricultural practices and policies in the UK.
As we tackle the challenges posed by climate change, the cluster looks to develop, share and integrate knowledge across the North of England.
We aim to deepen our collaborations and play a critical role in bringing together key stakeholders from the urban and controlled environment agriculture sectors. We’re providing a valuable link between academic researchers and UK businesses, which is putting us in a position to swiftly apply for funding when it becomes available.
|Focusing on research through partnership working
The cluster aims to explore interdisciplinary and translational challenge-based research across four key innovation themes:
- Emerging technology and innovation
- Current farming practices including demand and delivery
- Society and health
- Agricultural technology business and economics
We’re building partnerships across a diverse range of subject areas including:
- Advanced sensing
- Crop genetics
- System component and substrate design
- Life cycle analysis
- Integration of local and regional food chains
- Consumer perception
- Nutrition and health
- Government policy
Cluster activities will involve regular newsletters, as well as trips to related organisations and businesses. If you’d like to find out more about this cluster and/or sign up to our Urban Agriculture email newsletter, please contact Caroline Wilcock: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research, projects and webinars
Ubiquitous and synchronous 'Roots and Shoots' imaging for phenotyping and controlled environment agriculture
This webinar was organised as part of the BBSRC Phenom-UK initiative. N8 AgriFood academics, Prof Bruce Grieve from the University of Manchester, and Dr Stephen Rolfe from the University of Sheffield, both gave talks. It was held on Tuesday 24 November 2020.
Resource Use Efficiency in Urban Agriculture webinar
This webinar was organised by N8 AgriFood and Lancaster Environment Centre at the University of Lancaster. It was held in June 2020 and hosted by Professor Ian Dodd from Lancaster Environment Centre.
Rurban Revolution: Bringing the rural into the urban- increasing green ‘natural’ spaces and agricultural food production in the built environment. This 2 year GCRF funded project, brings together expertise in ecosystems, psychology, plant sciences and supply chains from Lancaster University, Cranfield University and the University of Liverpool.
Digital learning environments for urban growing and their effects on attitudes towards farming and food
This project is a collaboration between FarmUrban and the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and Liverpool, and focuses on education around food production and hydroponics within Liverpool Primary Schools.
Sheffield based Grobotic Systems was founded in 2018 by plant geneticist Dr Alexis Moschopoulos and electronics engineer Richard Banks, with the aim of developing their innovative plant growth chamber to empower plant science research around the world.
Protected Environment ‘Root-to-Shoot’ Sensing & Control
Through working in partnership, the University of Sheffield, the University of Manchester and the sensors company, have been awarded funding from the BBSRC Phenom-UK network to implement Active Multispectral Imaging (A-MSI).
Smart agriculture, supply chain resilience and new technologies
Read about the Urban Agriculture sessions held during N8 AgriFood’s 2019 Annual Conference.
|Urban Agriculture Cluster news and events
Event: Resource Use Efficiency in Urban Agriculture webinar Read more
Blog: The current situation: COVID-19, urban agriculture and the need to change the food system Read more
News: Urban Agriculture experts from across the North come together for N8 AgriFood’s first Cluster Innovation Visit Read more
Event: Urban Agriculture Cluster Innovation Visit Read more
News: Uniting expertise in Urban Agriculture with new cluster initiative Read more
Blog: The Vertical Farming Conundrum; Will this solution ever ascend? Read more
Event: Photobiology within controlled environments Read more
Event: Indoor food production: challenges and opportunities Read more
Event: The future of agri-environmental sensing Read more