Dr Jacqueline Hannam
July 2017

Soil Technology: Sustainable food production from the ground up

Exploring how soil technology can help ensure a sustainable future in food production.

Land comprises a range of natural resources including soil and water that are under increasing demands from a growing human population. To avoid degradation, these natural assets require careful management. 

Huge benefits can be achieved through better land management, leading to a more sustainable environment that is resilient in the face of changing land use, climate change and extreme weather events.


Dr Jacqueline Hannam is currently a Research Officer in Soil Systems focusing on pedology and soil hydrology at Cranfield University. Prior to joining in 2004 she worked at ETH Zurich and the University of Liverpool as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) on various projects related to environmental magnetism. She has a degree in Environmental Science and a PhD in soil magnetism.

Jack sits on the council of the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) and is chair of the Education and Outreach committee and South East England Regional Group. She is a passionate science communicator and has been involved in many national outreach activities including Soapbox Science and Open Farm Sunday. 

Jack has been involved in various research projects including the development of a decision support system to minimise soil damage during sugar beet harvest (KTP with British Sugar), as well as researching the effect of afforestation on soil carbon stocks (Forestry Commission). Her research focuses on how soil changes at field to landscape scales, in particular how this affects soil functions and how we manage our soil resources. She has a particular interest in how we can use environmental data and technology to better understand soil systems and provide the necessary support to manage soil sustainably at the farm level.