Joseph Poore


Advances in agriculture have been the backbone of humanity’s incredible progress. At the same time, food production is a dominant force in global biodiversity loss and environmental degradation.

I am interested in furthering our understanding of the environmental impact of agriculture, and in building policy and consumer interventions to mitigate this impact. I graduated with an MA and MPhil in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge, where I now run their annual Denman Lecture series. Following this I worked for 4 years at a leading strategy consultancy on projects addressing resource allocation, growth and profitability.

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in connecting our knowledge of agriculture and biodiversity from field and farm-level information to larger spatial scales, and understanding the insights this kind of work can deliver. Research groups in Oxford (three of which I am fortunate to be a member of); research groups in the US and Canada; and the research of many other influential people in this area have inspired my interest.

Current Research

For my research, I am using remote sensing to identify abandoned agricultural land and ecosystem regeneration. I will use this information to inform conservation action.

Brief CV

2016 – Present: D.Phil, DTP Environmental Research, University of Oxford


2013-14; 2015-16: Independent Research on Land Use & the Environment


2010-13; 2014-15: Senior Associate, Marakon, London


2009-10: MPhil (Distinction) Land Economy, University of Cambridge


2006-09: MA (1st) Land Economy, University of Cambridge

Supervision and Funding

I am supervised by E.J. Milner-Gulland, Yadvinder Malhi, and Rich Grenyer, with funding from NERC.

Published Papers

Poore, J. & Nemecek, T. (2018). “Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers.” Science. 360 (6392), 987-992.

Poore, J. (2017). “Back to the Wild: How Nature is Reclaiming Farmland.” New Scientist. 3138, 26-29.

Poore, J. (2016). “Call for conservation: Abandoned pasture.” Science. 351 (6269), 132-132.