1 Coventry University – CU

Introduction to our research centre CAWR: Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience www.coventry.ac.uk/CAWR

Team in O+

Dr Ulrich Schmutz.  Ulrich is Associate Professor for Organic Horticulture and Ecological Economics at CAWR and principle investigator (PI)  / co-ordinator of Organic-PLUS, leading WP1 LEAD. https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/persons/ulrich-schmutz

Judith Conroy. Judith is the project manager of Organic-PLUS.

Dr Adrian Evans. Adrian is an Associate Professor at CAWR and leading WP2 IMPACT. https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/persons/adrian-evans

Dr Francis Rayns. Francis is a Assistant Professor at CAWR and working in WP5 SOIL, leading task 5.7. https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/persons/francis-rayns

Dr Sara Burbi. Sara is a veterinary surgeon and Assistant Professor at CAWR working in WP4 LIVESTOCK. https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/persons/sara-burbi

Dr Michael Warne. Michael is a Professor and eco-toxicologist working on plastic toxicology in WP5 SOIL task 5.6. https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/persons/michael-warne

Dr Rosa van Kesteren. Rosa is a research assistant and has joined the team in March 2019. She works with Adrian and Ulrich on organic consumer research (WP2 IMPACT).


Coventry University (CU) is well known for being ambitious and innovative, making a significant contribution to important global and societal challenges. The University has a proven track record of delivering high quality research and the new £100m research strategy ‘Excellence with impact’ builds on this trend and will transform the way research is conducted by applying fresh and original approaches. Coventry University is ranked ‘number 1’ Modern University in the UK according to the Guardian and Times newspaper University Guides. Over the last 3 years the University has been delivering on over 120 research contracts awarded by the European Commission. The university includes several Research Centres, and among the largest with more than 60 academic staff and PhD-researchers is CAWR, the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience. CAWR drives innovative, transdisciplinary research on the understanding and development of resilient food and water systems in the UK, Europe and globally, especially in Africa and Asia. Through its focus on food and water CAWR develops and integrates new knowledge in social and agroecological processes, as well as examining the pivotal role communities play in developing resistance. The centre is hosted at Garden Organic (Henry Doubleday Research Association) a research charity that has been at the forefront of organic farming and sustainable horticulture since 1954. CAWR draws on the decades of experience in the organic sector and has on-site access to greenhouses, poly-tunnels and open field research grounds for replicated trials. Unique to the centre is the incorporation of the co-generation of knowledge with citizen-consumers and the participation of farmers, growers and other stakeholders in transdisciplinary research.