Jennifer Newell

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My PhD research is in collaboration with the EU Horizon 2020 Upsurge project and the Belfast City Council, and aims to assess the risks and benefits associated with urban agroecology. This project will first isolate the biogeochemical attributes and contaminants associated with a brownfield site within Belfast, Northern Ireland, that will subsequently be developed into a community garden with potential for urban agriculture. It will then address the risks posed to users of the community garden, particularly observing contaminant migration from the air, soil, and edible vegetation to humans, and the impact of contaminants on carbon sequestration. It will also address the benefits of the community garden as a nature-based solution in mitigating urban issues, particularly looking at soil and air contaminant remediation, and carbon sequestration.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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