Dr. Liz Trenchard

Liz is an environmental scientist, with research interests and experience in organic and sustainable agriculture, ethical consumption, conservation and biodiversity and environmental science. She is theme leader for the ‘Fair Routes to Market’ theme at the Centre for Agroecology and Food Security at Coventry University and has worked on a range of sustainable agriculture projects including most recently a social science project funded by the EU which investigated the socio-economic impacts of short food supply chains in the European Union.

Other projects she has been involved in include: the EDULINK project to build capacity in organic agriculture research and training in West Africa, two British Council funded projects for organic entrepreneurship and organic education in Nigeria and a EU funded project on organic agriculture, market development and agrotourism in Jamaica.

  • Short Food Supply Chains and Local Food Systems in the EU a state of play of their socio-economic characteristics 2011-2012: Kneafsey, M.K.,Venn, L. TRENCHARD, E., Blackett, M. Cheese, E. Sutton, G. £55,000, EU Institute for Prospective Technological Studies.
  • Climate change, natural hazards and disaster management: A teaching and research partnership to build institutional capacity in environmental management 
2009-2011: Harris, P., TRENCHARD, E., Chowdhury A. £40,250, BRITISH COUNCIL INSPIRE PROGRAMME, SP_0020.
  • Institutional Capacity Building for Organic Agriculture in West Africa
 2009-12: Harris, P., Aiyelaagbe, I., TRENCHARD E. €465,000,  EU EDULINK ACP-EU Co-operation Programme, 9-ACP-RPR-118.
  • Enhanced biomass production and energy conversion for use in water-scarce areas of India 2007-11: Aston University, Bristol, Warwick, Leeds and Coventry Universities, Lupus Science and the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. Value of project £1.3 million (CU £57,000), Project coordinated by Aston University. Coventry University involvement -selection of appropriate species for biomass trials, EPSRC. 
  • Jamaica PRIDE: Promoting Rural Integrated Development and Enterprise
 2008-2009: Harris, P., Daye, M., TRENCHARD, E., Kneafsey, M., Barrett, H. European Union Banana Support Programme, £280,000.
  • Characterization and calibration of organic residues and composts for sustainable organic maize production’ Rothamsted African Fellowship 
2009-2010: Adejuydigbe, C., Harris , P., Aiyelaagbe, I., TRENCHARD E. £18,000 One year visiting fellowship to CU by Nigerian academic - Dr Adejuyigbe.
  • The Work, Learn, Earn Programme (WELP) for developing entrepreneurship in organic agriculture among graduates in Nigeria: 
Harris , P., Aiyelaagbe, I., TRENCHARD E. £41,880, British Council Education Partnerships in Africa , EPA 1.14: 2009-2010.
  • ‘Development of Institutional Capacity in Organic Agriculture ’
2005-2008: Harris , P., Aiyelaagbe, I., TRENCHARD E. £79,000, EAP project a joint project with University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria.to develop organic agriculture courses in Nigerian universities. Funded by the Department of Universities, Innovation and Skills via the British Council. England Africa Programme.
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