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Barbara Smith

Profession
Lecturer in Ecology, MA Regenerative Design
College
Central Saint Martins
Person Type
Teacher
Barbara  Smith

Biography

I am  an applied ecologist, with 20 years of research experience in landscape ecology, biodiversity, and agroecology, with strong community engagement, interdisciplinary links to social sciences and human health, and experience in participatory action research. I began my career working in restoration of degraded habitats for nature conservation and moved into agricultural ecology – where I worked on the restoration of biodiversity in a range of agricultural systems.

My current foci are: *how to link the fields of sustainable food production with nature conservation, and *building collaborative research between regenerative farmers and nature conservation bodies. Central to my ethos is a belief in the importance of collaboration with academics, practitioners, communities and policy makers. Her academic collaborators currently include Universities of Edinburgh, Mississippi State (USA) and FiBL (Switzerland). I have four PhD students currently under her supervision and experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students; I very much enjoyed developing an innovative course using immersive learning in Agroecology with Calcutta University and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. I work alongside MARD as Associate Professor at the Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience at Coventry University, and I am Associate Director of the Centre for Pollination Studies at Calcutta University, Chair of the Agricultural Ecology Special Interest Group of the British Ecological Society as well as an Associate Editor of the Journal for Insect Conservation.