BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, PhD (Biogeochemistry)

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Jasmine works with farmers, growers, researchers and policy makers to create more sustainable ways of producing food and enhancing above and below ground biodiversity. She is currently undertaking this work at the Countryside and Community Research Institute, and was previously on the Innovative Farmers Programme (Soil Association). She has a PhD in bulk and molecular soil organic carbon dynamics across rainforest-savannah boundaries in the Amazon, Guyana. She has also lived in Japan working on an organic farming social project for the largest organic cotton company in the country, as well as with natural agriculture cooperatives and farms throughout Japan and in Japanese gardening. Jasmine is interested in how different cultures use and understand soil across the world. She is passionate about spreading the importance of soil health through theatrical storytelling, interactive workshops, writing and illustration.

She has recently won a 3-month Fellowship  on 'Empowering alternative food networks – toward multiplying socio-ecological production landscapes' with the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan.

Recent Publications

Black, J., Courtney, P. and Vigani, M. WP5 T5.4 FoPIA-Surefarm 2 Case Study Report UK, SURE-Farm EU Horizon 2020, February, 2020.

Urquhart, J., Black, J., Berry, R., Maye, D., Courtney, P., Vigani, M. 2019. WP4 T4.3 Bottom-up analysis: How do stakeholders experience the influence of policies on the resilience of farming systems? – UK case study report, SURE-Farm EU Horizon 2020.

Urquhart, J., Black, J., et al. 2019. D2.3. Report on farmers’ learning capacity and networks of influence in 11 European case studies, SURE-Farm EU Horizon 2020.

Ambrose-Oji, B., O’Brien, L., Hall, C., Karlsdottir, B., Robinson, J., Jones, G., Amboage, R., Urquhart, J., Black, J., Hemery, G., Petrokofsky, G., Dandy, N., Turner, C. Understanding behaviours as the basis for policy design to improve the management of (tree health) outbreaks and build resilient treescapes, Report to Defra. July, 2019.

Reed, M., Courtney, P., Lewis, N., Freeman, R., Chiswell, H., Black, J., Urquhart, J., & Phillipson, J. Assessing Participation of the Fishing Sectors in England’s Science and Management, Draft Final Report to Defra. The Countryside and Community Research Institute: Cheltenham. February, 2020.


UK arable resilience towards 2030: SURE-Farm EU Horizon 2020 project, 2020

Designing policies for improved resilience of UK arable farming: SURE-Farm EU Horizon 2020 project, 2019

Understanding behaviour towards tree health: multi-stakeholder workshop for Defra, 2019

Dissemination strategies for policy and farmer end-users: SoilCare EU Horizon 2020 project, 2019

Board Member of the Community Supported Agriculture Network UK

Member of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative

Member of the British Society of Soil Science, previously Post-Graduate Representative (2012-2014)

Environmental Science BSc module leader on 'Environmental Land Management' at Newcastle University 2013-14

Co-founder of Landwise Network local action organisation on food security and land management, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK.

Public engagement talks: Soapbox Science 2014; Shambala Festival 'Soil: the truth beneath your feet', 2019

Volunteers with Shumei Natural Agriculture International.

Japanese language intermediate proficiency (has undertaken several 40-minute professional presentations relating to previous role at Innovative Farmers and informal interviews of natural agriculture farmers)

Active participation in community food security groups, growing vegetables and supporting local food producers

Artistic practices including illustration and storytelling to engage publics