Emma Pilgrim

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Dr Emma Pilgrim

Daphne Jackson Research Fellow


I am interested in alternative methods of food production. My BBSRC sponsored Fellowship, is a joint interdisciplinary project with Professors Juliet Osborne (Environment and Sustainability Institute, Penryn) and Michael Winter (Centre for Rural Policy Research, Politics, Streatham). I am researching Forest Gardens in the UK. These are tree based food systems, based on tropical home gardens, in which a wide variety of predominantly perennial crops are grown in both the horizontal and vertical space. I am looking at the potential benefits of these systems for people as well as for food provision. 

Research publication titles

Research interests

  • Alternative forms of food production
  • Food provision (Food Security)
  • Ecosystem Services (benefits that man gets from the natural environment e.g. clean air & water)

Current projects

  • Exploring the potential benefits of Forest Gardens in the UK for society, wildlife and raspberry production


2007 Level 3 Applications of Probability (Open University)
2002 PhD Plant Ecology (Imperial College)
BSc Animal and Plant Biology (University of Leeds)


2014 to date Daphne Jackson Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Freelance Ecologist and Writer
Career break
Research Scientist IGER/Rothamsted Research
2002-2004 People for Plants Officer, Plantlife

Contact details

Email  E.S.Pilgrim@exeter.ac.uk

+44 (0) 1392 725011