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Dr Nicholas Davison

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LCA, Economic assessment, Social assessment, Waste management, Behavioural change.
Assessing the environmental impacts of innovations in livestock systems, Quantifying greenhouse gas emissions in farms, Conducting trade-off analyses, Supporting interactions with farm stakeholders.

Areas of interest

Sustainable food systems, Sustainable livestock farming, Climate change mitigation and resilience, Food waste management.

Research projects



I studied my undergraduate degree in Environmental Science, focussing on  renewable energy and climate change mitigation. I then gained experience in countryside conservation, urban agriculture, forestry and ecological assessment in both the UK and India. After this, I studied a Master’s degree in Finland specialising on wood-based bioenergy systems and quantifying environmental mitigation from reversing agriculture-driven deforestation. I then studied an integrated PhD at the Bioenergy Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Leeds, specialising in the environmental and economic optimisation of food waste management. Alongside my studies, I have worked on projects involving the utilisation of various organic wastes for the generation of renewable energy and soil amendment products.  

Academic qualifications

Food waste management PhD University of Leeds, Chemical Engineering MSc University of Leeds, Forestry MSc University of Eastern Finland, Environmental Science BSc University of Dundee

Professional bodies/affiliations


Selected publications

Davison, N.; Young, W.; Ross, A.; Cockerill, T.; Rajput, S. Investigating the Impacts of Behavioural-Change Interventions and COVID-19 on the Food-Waste-Generation Behaviours of Catered Students in the UK and India. Sustainability 202214, 5486.

Davison, N.; Borbolla Gaxiola, J.; Gupta, D.; Garg, A.; Cockerill, T.; Tang, Y.; Yuan, X.; Ross, A. Potential Greenhouse Gas Mitigation for Converting High Moisture Food Waste into Bio-Coal from Hydrothermal Carbonisation in India, Europe and China. Energies 202215, 1372.


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