Carla Sarrouy Kay

Carla Sarrouy Kay graduated from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) with a degree in Corporate Communication, which included an Erasmus exchange year in Bordeaux (France). After teaching English for a year in a private school in Istanbul (Turkey), Carla completed a two-year MSc in Environmental Sciences and Management at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium). She was awarded the Bourdeau Prize for the best Master’s thesis of the department in the academic year 2009/2010. This project included a nine week internship based in Dakar (Senegal).

Between 2011 and 2015, Carla was a Senior Research Technician in Rob Lillywhite’s group at the University of Warwick (UK). She worked on food security, sustainable agriculture and life cycle assessments (LCA), i.e. looking at the environmental impact of food from farm to fork, to highlight the hotspots where improvements are needed to make our food systems more sustainable.

In May 2015, Carla joined CAWR and now works on FoodMetres, an EU-project that looks at how to feed big cities in the future, and on the Coventry Food Justice Network, a collaborative project that aims to support local initiatives that are addressing food justice issues in the city.

  • Sarrouy, C. (2015) “Seeing is believing!” Extension workers’ attitudes to agroecology and climate change in Senegal and The Gambia. United Kingdom: ActionAid International.
  • Sarrouy, C., and Visser, M. (2014) ‘Relevance and outcomes of the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework: from Development Research to Agroecology’. 3rd Belgian Agroecology Meeting (BAM). Broadening Scopes on Food, Squeezing Urban Hinterlands. Transdisciplinarity: what does it mean? Case studies in urban and periurban agriculture. held 5 November 2014 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Sarrouy, C. (2014) Four key reasons why climate change adaptation and mitigation need a gendered approach. Exchanges: the Warwick Research Journal 2 (1), 145-152.
  • Sarrouy, C., and Lillywhite, R.D. (2013) ‘Food security and the limitations of the neo-liberal approach to agriculture: a case study of Senegal’.  In Giller, K.E., and Van Ittersum, M.K. (eds.) Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Global Food Security, ‘First International Conference on Global Food Security’. held 29 September – 2 October 2013 in Noordvijkerhout, The Netherlands. New York: Elsevier.
  • Sarrouy, C., and Uprichard, E. (2013) ‘Complex food systems: an alternative approach to understanding food security’.  In Giller, K.E., and Van Ittersum, M.K. (eds.) Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Global Food Security, ‘First International Conference on Global Food Security’. held 29 September – 2 October 2013 in Noordvijkerhout, The Netherlands. New York: Elsevier.
  • Lillywhite, R.D., and Sarrouy, C. (2013) Sustainable Orange and Strawberry Production: A report for the SAI Fruit Working Group. Coventry: University of Warwick.
  • Fisher, K., James, K., Sheane, R., Nippress, J., Allen, S., Cherruault, J.-Y., Fishwick, M., Lillywhite, R.D., and Sarrouy, C. (2013) An initial assessment of the environmental impact of grocery products: Latest review of evidence on resource use and environmental impacts across grocery sector products in the United Kingdom. Oxford: WRAP, Best Foot Forward, Sustain, URS, University of Warwick.
  • Sarrouy C., Davidson J., and Lillywhite, R. (2012) ‘Product Energy use within the Agri-Food Supply Chain’. In Corson, M.S., and van der Werf, H.M.G. (eds.) Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector , ‘LCA Food 2012’. held 1-4 October 2012 in Saint Malo, France. Rennes: INRA, 633-638.
  • Lillywhite, R.D., Sarrouy, C., and Davidson, J. (2012) Energy dependency and Food Chain Security. Final report of Defra Project FO0415. London: University of Warwick, Defra.
  • Sheane, R., Miller, S., Curtis, T., Lillywhite, R.D., Sarrouy, C., Jackson, D., and Stone, J. (2012) Opportunities for the supply chain to drive a reduction in GHG emissions in agriculture. Final report for Defra Project FO0434. London: Best Foot Forward, Defra.
  • Sarrouy. C. (2010) Food Insecurity in Senegal: Agroecology as an answer to undernourishment and environmental degradation in a developing country. Brussels: Universite Libre de Bruxelles. (in French)
  • FoodMetres – Food Planning and Innovation for Sustainable Metropolitan Regions. The aim of this project is to foster a spatially explicit approach towards food planning and innovation for sustainable metropolitan regions. The project has involved 18 academic and business partners who engaged in a variety of research, tool and capacity-building exercises. The project incorporated an international dimension as well as focussing on concrete cases at the regional level in and around the cities of Rotterdam, Berlin, London, Milano, Ljubljana, Rotterdam and Nairobi.
  • Coventry Food Justice. A project to support community work underway in Coventry to address food poverty and promote social justice, i.e. ‘food justice’.
  • Linking knowledge, attitudes and practice in CRSA with research extension services. Consultancy work to ascertain the extent of knowledge and attitudes that extension agents have with regards to Climate Resilient Sustainable Agriculture (CRSA) in Senegal and The Gambia.
  • To produce methodology for assessing the environmental, economic and social characteristics of (organic and non-organic) farming systems. This project described the range of current UK farming systems and developed a methodology to describe their environmental, economic and social characteristics.
  • Energy Dependence and Food Chain Security. Project aiming to summarise the energy use associated with producing, processing and distributing a range of food products; determine which foods will be most sensitive to increased energy prices; and examine how food chain businesses manage energy risks, both disruptions and price rises.
  • Sustainable Orange and Strawberry Production in the World. Evaluation of the sustainability of orange and strawberry production in the world, focusing on the top 10 producers for each fruit.
  • Assessment of the environmental impact of grocery products. A review of evidence on resource use and environmental impacts across grocery sector products in the United Kingdom using the life-cycle assessment methodology.
  • Research to quantify on-farm food losses. Assessment of the type and quantity of food losses and waste in UK farms.
Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021