MBChB, MSc (Global Health)
Pippa is an interdisciplinary researcher interested in planetary health and low-carbon transitions within the food system. She joined the CCRI in October 2020, bringing prior experience in Medicine and Global Health. Her project is supervised by Professor Damian Maye and Professor Julie Ingram (both at the CCRI), and supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP) in collaboration with DEFRA.
Her PhD research aims to explore how livestock farmers are responding to the problematisation of ruminant livestock in relation to climate change. This includes how farmers perceive interactions between livestock and climate, how these understandings impact their behaviour at the farm level, what structures constrain and enable different behaviours, and whether and how farmers are implementing specific solutions to address GHG emissions from livestock.
Pippa has delivered guest lectures for undergraduate and postgraduate students and aims to further develop her teaching skills in higher education. Outside academia, Pippa has worked as a consultant for the WHO's European Office for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases on topics including physical activity policy and the social determinants of childhood obesity. She recently provided editorial and project coordination support for a journal supplement scheduled to be published in Obesity Reviews in 2021.
Simmonds and Vallgårda (2021), “It’s not as simple as something like sugar”: Values and conflict in the UK meat tax debate. Int. J. Health Gov. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJHG-03-2021-0026
Buoncristiano et al (2021), Socio-economic inequalities in overweight and obesity among 6-9-year-old children in 24 countries from WHO European Region. Obes Rev. https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.13213
Braunerová et al (2021), Waist circumference and waist to height ratio in 7-year old children – WHO Childhood Obesity Surveillance Initiative. Obes Rev (accepted for publication Jan 2021)
Whiting et al (2021), Physical inactivity in 9 European and Central Asian countries: an analysis of national population-based survey results. Eur. J. Public Health (accepted for publication March 2021)
Barbosa et al (2020), Physical activity and academic achievement: An umbrella review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 17(16), 5972. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17165972
Staddon P, Urquhart J, Mills J, Goodenough A, Powell J, Vigani M, Simmonds P (2021). Woodland creation and tree planting, Report to Natural England. Countryside and Community Research Institute: Gloucester.
Conferences and workshops
Simmonds and Vallgårda (2020), Stakeholder arguments in the UK meat tax debate: An interpretive policy analysis. Poster presentation at the Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) Conference, University of Oxford (online), 8th December.
Simmonds (2021), Understanding livestock farmer behaviour in relation to climate change. Oral presentation at British Sociological Association Food Studies Group Conference, online, 23rd June.
MINAGRIS, an EU-funded project which launches today, will explore how plastic debris is affecting soil biodiversity, soil functions, related ecosystem services, and agricultural productivity.
e Ingram, Jane Mills, Matt Reed, and Charlotte Chivers of the CCRI were recently involved in delivering two sessions at Eurosoil 2021.
The RGS-IBG Annual International Conference takes place from Tuesday 31 August to Friday 3 September 2021 and two researchers from CCRI will contribute to the online event.
CCRI’s Dr Julie Urquhart has been appointed to the newly formed Trees and Woodlands Scientific Advisory Group (TAW-SAG), established to provide expert scientific input to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to inform the England tree planting programme.
Defra have published CCRI research how professional fishers and recreational anglers participate in the management and science of fisheries in England.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Reed as the CCRI’s new Director.