Dr. Laura Vickers gained her Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Birmingham before working as a postdoc at Harper Adams University (HAU). She took up her role as Lecturer at HAU in 2014 and was also awarded a NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship in Horticulture, where she worked with the Horticulture Innovation Partnership in producing a R&D strategy for the Ornamental industry. She is now a Senior Lecturer at HAU and a leading member of the Urban Farming Group. She has led sector consultation events and EU Green Week conferences in Urban Agriculture. Her research focuses on plant adaptation, the value of plants as green infrastructure and in citizen health, how citizens engage with urban agriculture, and how urban food systems can contribute to sustainable food production.