Research Assistant

Lucy Walker


Research Assistant – Agri-Environmental Data for the HESTIA Farm Sustainability Toolkit Project.

I graduated with a BA in Zoology (Natural Sciences) from the University of Cambridge. During my undergraduate degree, I developed my knowledge on the environmental impacts of agriculture. I am interested in understanding how different farming practices can have different levels of impacts, and understanding how to represent agricultural data in a way that accurately and honestly reflects the current practices.

Research Interests

I am interested in the environmental impacts of different food production systems. In particular, I am interested in understanding how to represent agricultural data in a way that accurately and transparently represents the impacts, and benefits, of different production systems.

Current Research

I am a research assistant on the HESTIA project. HESTIA, the Harmonised Environmental Storage and Tracking of the Impacts of Agriculture platform, is a project between the Oxford Martin School and Department of Biology. HESTIA provides an open-access platform that stores standardised data on agricultural production, allowing for direct comparison between food products. It also provides harmonized and transparent models to calculate multiple environmental impact indicators and enable benchmarking against similar farms.

My role includes uploading data onto the HESTIA platform for a variety of food commodities. My current work focuses on uploading studies from countries which are key importers for the UK. I also help to update and maintain the Glossary and Schema, and contribute to the usability of the platform.


Brief CV

Brief CV:

Professional experience:

March 2023 to present – Research Assistant – Agri-environmental data support for the HESTIA project.

March 2022-March 2023 – Catchment Sensitive Farming Lead Advisor for the Dorset Stour.


Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, University of Cambridge.


Tanentzap AJ, Cottingham S, Fonvielle J, Riley I, Walker LM, Woodman SG, et al. (2021) Microplastics and anthropogenic fibre concentrations in lakes reflect surrounding land use. PLoS Biol 19(9): e3001389.