Advisory board

Dr. Ben Allen

Research Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)

Dr. Ben Allen is the Research Director at IEEP. He holds a degree in Environmental Biology and a PhD in the field of Land Use and Spatial Ecology and has over fifteen years of experience working on EU land use, circular-bioeconomy, and climate policy in both the public and private sector. Ben’s skills relate to the development of sustainability criteria and benchmarks to support the integration of environment and climate objectives into economic activities.

Prof Mara Miele

Professor of human geography, Cardiff University

Prof Mara Miele is a professor of human geography at Cardiff University, UK. Her research interests include the ethics of food consumption, STS and geographies of science. In the last fifteen years she has led and participated to several interdisciplinary EU-funded research projects including Welfare Quality, Dialrel and others, looking at animal food consumption practices in Europe, the public understanding of animal welfare issues, the controversy about religious slaughter, and the ethics of eating animal food. In 2012 she received the Environment and Planning A Ashby Prize for her article ‘The Taste of Happiness: free range chicken’ and has published her research in Environment and Planning D- Society and Space, Theory, Culture and Society and Transactions of Institute of British Geographers. She is section editor of the journal Animal Welfare and member of the editorial board of Agriculture and Human Values and Progress in Environmental Geography.

Dr. Thomas Nemecek

Deputy Research group leader Life Cycle Assessment, Agroscope

Dr. Thomas Nemecek holds a Master and PhD in Agricultural Sciences and has over 20 years of experience in research on Life Cycle Assessment of agri-food systems with special focus on crop production, cropping and farming systems, livestock production, farms, food, food systems and nutrition. His special expertise includes developing LCA methodology, databases and tools.

Dr. Lisa Norton

Senior Agro-Ecologist, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH)

Dr. Lisa Norton is a senior scientist in the Land Use Group at UKCEH. Her research focuses on monitoring and management of natural capital for ecosystem service (ES) delivery and she works closely with social and economic scientists and stakeholders in interdisciplinary approaches towards sustainable environmental management of farmland. She was PI on a recently completed Global Food Security funded project; Sustainable economic and ecological grazing systems – Learning from innovative practitioners.

Dr. Jean-Louis Peyraud

Special Adviser of the Scientific Director for Agriculture, INRAE

Dr. Jean-Louis Peyraud has a background in ruminant nutrition and grazing. He has published more than 150 peer review papers and headed a research unit on dairy production for 10 years. He is now Special Adviser of the Scientific Director of Agriculture at INRAE. He has coordinated the FP7-Multisward project, honored as a “European success story”. He’s produced scientific foresights on the future of livestock farming for INRAE and for the European Commission and was chair of the Animal Task Force. He is also member of the French Academy of Agriculture.

Dr. Martin C. Th. Scholten

Strategic Advisor, Wageningen University; Aarhus University; Imagro

Dr. Martin C. Th. Scholten (Wageningen University; Aarhus University; Imagro) is scientific advisor in the field of the transition towards a green and sustainable circular agrifoodsystem. He was the General Director Animal Sciences of Wageningen University & Research in the period 2008-2020.
Amongst many other roles and positions, he was  the first president of the European public-private livestock innovation platform “Animal Task Force”; and co-chair of the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases.