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Rob Lillywhite

Job Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Life Sciences
Phone
02476 575060
Research Interests

My principal interest is systems sustainability and my research programme focuses on two sectors: agriculture/food and healthcare. My work uses environmental accounting techniques (life cycle assessment, footprinting, mass balances) to examine the trade-offs and impacts that occur within systems. Specific research includes:

  • the interactions between land management, agriculture and the environment
  • environmental accounting (carbon, water and environmental footprinting, mass and energy balances)
  • sustainable healthcare
  • food security
  • greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture
  • ecosystem services
  • composting, anaerobic digestion and the application of organic materials to agricultural land
  • nitrogen balances in agriculture
  • the nitrogen nutrition of crops and the release of nitrogen from crop residues
  • Lillywhite, Robert, 2014. Horticulture and the environment. In Dixon, G.; Aldous, David E. (eds.), Horticulture : plants for people and places, Berlin, Springer, pp. 603-618
  • Lillywhite, Robert, 2010. Footprinting methods for assessment of the environmental impacts of food production and processing. In Sonesson, U.; Berlin, J.; Ziegler, F. (eds.), Environmental Assessment and Management in the Food Industry: Life Cycle Assessment and Related Approaches, Cambridge, UK, Woodhead Publishing Limited, pp. 255-271
  • Rahn, R. C., Zhang, K., Lillywhite, Robert, Ramos, C., Doltra, J., de Paz, J. M., Riley, H., Fink, M., Nendel, Claas, Thorup-Kristensen, Kristian, Pedersen, Anders, Piro, F., Venezia, A., Firth, Catriona, Schmutz, Ulrich, Rayns, Francis, Strohmeyer, K., 2010. The developement of the EU-rotata N model and its use to test strategies for nitrogen use across Europe. IV International Symposium on Ecologically Sound Fertilization Strategies for Field Vegetable Production, Published in Acta Horticulturae, pp. 73-76
  • Nendel, Claas, Rahn, C. (Clive), Zhang, Kefeng, Lillywhite, Robert, Ramos, C., Doltra, J., Miguel De Paz, J., Riley, H., Fink, M., Thorup-Kristensen, Kristian, Piro, F., Venezia, A., Firth, C., Schmutz, Ulrich, Strohmeyer, K., Strohmeyer, F., 2008. EU Rotate_N - Ein europäisches Entscheidungshilfesystem zur Abschätzung ökologischer und ökonomischer Konsequenzen der N-Düngung in Fruchtfolgen des Feldgemüsebaus. 28th GIL 2008 annual conference, Kiel, Germany, 10-12 Mar, 2008, Published in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp. 109-112
Title Funder Award start Award end
Waitrose CTP studentship agreement with Sandfields Farm Limited for Nick Kuht Sandfields Farms Limited 01 Oct 2017 30 Sep 2021
Narcissus: Investigation into the effects of a range of potential biocides in hot water treatments AHDB (Formerly HDC) 01 Jan 2016 30 Jun 2019
Research to quantify on-farm food losses WRAP 12 Sep 2014 11 Sep 2016
RB209 Review and Revision; AHDB-funded project to ADAS AHDB (Formerly HDC) 01 Sep 2015 31 May 2016
E-ON Field Trial - perennial energy crops E.ON Bioerdgas GmbH 14 May 2012 31 Dec 2014
Subcontract from Cambridge Eco on Options for the use of quality digestates in horticulture and other new markets. A feasibility study: Use of quality digestates as a liquid fertiliser in the commercial production of tomotoes and strawberries. OMK006 Cambridge Eco Limited 01 Dec 2012 31 Jul 2013
Grocery product life cycle energy use GHC emisssion evidence***sub contract with sustain*** WRAP tender Sustain Ltd 01 Nov 2012 01 Apr 2013
FV-CO46: Cucurbits walkers guide AHDB (Formerly HDC) 01 Apr 2012 31 Mar 2013
FV-CO47: Sweetcorn walkers guide AHDB (Formerly HDC) 01 Apr 2012 31 Mar 2013
Short study: How to grow crops sustainably (oranges and strawberries) European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture (EISA) 01 Jul 2012 28 Feb 2013
Agreement to participate in a Mars Inc discussion for potential research collaboration**IfM Education and Consultancy Services Limited** IfM Education and Consultancy Services Limited 01 Dec 2011 30 Nov 2012
Subcontract on Defra FFG0907 (WU0122) - Benchmarking agricultural water use in key commodity sectors Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Nov 2009 31 Oct 2012
To produce methodology for assessing the environmental economic and social characteristics of (organic and non-organic) farming systems Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Aug 2009 31 Jul 2012
Opportunities For The Supply Chain To Drive A Reduction In Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions In Agriculture Best Foot Forward 02 Mar 2012 20 Jul 2012
Extension 3: FO0145Energy dependency and food chain securityLinked to 26548 / 28708 / RHRRL0520 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 02 Apr 2012 30 Jun 2012
Extension 2: Linked to 26548 & 28708 / RHRSA0520FO0145Energy dependancy and food chain security Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 31 Jan 2011 31 Jan 2012
Supplement/Extension DEFRA FO0415 Energy dependancy and food security (RLFRL0520) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Apr 2011 30 Nov 2011
Supplement to WU0120 The Water Footprint of Selected UK produced and Consumed Products Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Jul 2009 30 Jun 2011
WU0120 The water footprint of selected UK produced and consumed products Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Jul 2009 30 Jun 2011
Subcontract from Defra project Assessing the environmental impact of liberalising agricultural trade - with specific reference to EU-MERCOSUR from Harper Adams Harper Adams University College 01 Nov 2010 01 May 2011
WU0123 - Identification and knowledge transfer of novel emerging technology with the potential to improve water use efficiency within English and Welsh agriculture Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Jun 2009 30 Nov 2009
OAV031 - Compost quality for the arable sector Cambridge Eco Limited 10 Jul 2009 30 Sep 2009
WU0114 The Use of Environmental Footprints in Horticulture: Case Studies Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Apr 2008 31 Mar 2009
The Effect of Novel Crops and Livestock on UK Agriculture Forecast for 2050 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Apr 2008 31 Mar 2009
WRAP Support for Trials of Composted/Digested Products (OAV023) (tender) Waste and Resources Action Programme 01 Apr 2008 31 Mar 2009
IF0154 Determination of the Greenhouse Gases Associated with Peat and Peat-Alternative Products Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 01 Apr 2008 31 Dec 2008
Environmental Footprint and Sustainability of Horticulture - A Comparison with other Agriculture Sectors. Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 02 Oct 2006 01 Oct 2007

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