Dr Paul D. Jensen

Dr Paul D. Jensen


Paul has a broad practitioner and academic background in sustainable and low carbon regional development. His past projects include working with smallholders in rural Borneo to develop sustainable palm oil supply chains, through to developing circular business models for farming cooperatives in Italy and Catalonia and leading impact assessment and cost-benefit analyses of national infrastructure projects in the UK’s Humber region. Originally an electronics engineer, he specialises in agroecology, industrial ecology and renewables, and has expertise in stakeholder engagement and spatial analysis for strategic regional resource efficiency planning. Currently Paul is working with Professor Caroline Orfila to map and assess the productivity, equitability and resilience of the Leeds City Region food system in respect of its long term sustainability and relationship to local health outcomes. Previous to joining the School of Food Science and Nutrition, Paul held research positions at several universities, including in the University of Surrey’s Centre for Environmental Strategy and the University of Hull’s Humber Development Institute where he was the Environment and Sustainability Lead. Outside of academia, Paul worked as a research engineer with the ETAP ‘eco-exemplar’ National Industrial Symbiosis Programme and as the senior service development and delivery manager at the award winning Energy Technology Centre.

Research interests

  • Sustainable Agrifood Supply Chains, Certification and Traceability
  • Environmental Risk Management and Strategy Development
  • Environmental Management and Corporate Responsibility for SMEs
  • Circular Business Model Development Informed by Ecosystem Evolution
  • Sustainable Regional Development through Low Carbon Transitions
  • Use of Geographic Information Systems for Stakeholder Engagement
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  • EngD Environmental Technology (Surrey)
  • MSc (Res) Environmental Technology (Hull)
  • BSc (Hons) Wildlife and Countryside Conservation (Hull)
  • PRINCE2 Project Manager (Certified Practitioner)