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Jay Burns

Research interests

I am interested in the many challenges at the nexus of environment, consumption and agriculture. My current project aims to identify how European cattle systems can be altered to help farmers adapt and respond to climate challenges. With specific focus on how short term management decisions relate to longer term private and societal breeding goals.

My research interests regard:

  • Ecosystem services
  • Farm animal genetic resources
  • Analysis of livestock systems
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Policy evaluation

In addition to this, I have developed an interest in policy and actions to shift behaviour in food supply chains. This not only spans farmer attitudes and motivations towards climate mitigation activities, but also consumer behaviour and associated demand.

Selected research projects

  • PhD short and long term resilience and efficiency of European cattle production. This PhD is part of the Horizon 2020 funded project, Genomic management Tools to Optimise Resilience and Efficiency (GenTORE) of cattle production.
  • MSc. Ecosystem Services (with Distinction). I was awarded with Best Academic Performance and Best Dissertation.


I currently provide study support for undergraduate students with additional support needs.

PhD supervisors

Prof. Eileen Wall
Dr Vera Eory
Dr Shailesh Shrestha
Prof. Geoff Simm

Jay Burns

PhD Student

Address: Land Economy, Environment & Society, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 3011