Contact Dr Kenisha Garnett

Areas of expertise


Dr Kenisha Garnett's expertise is at the intersection of society and the environment, combining fundamental and applied engineering with social science skills and a sound knowledge of deliberative strategies for stakeholders (including communities) involvement in the development of public policy.

Kenisha has international experience through previous work in South America (Guyana), including as a consultant to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on a climate change mitigation project involving the transfer of low carbon energy technologies to rice milling and wood processing industries. She has also worked on an Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded, Government of Guyana initiative assessing the socio-economic impact of rural roads and drainage infrastructure projects, and on a number of World Bank funded drainage and irrigation projects. 

Kenisha previously worked as a Researcher at Sheffield Hallam University for 5 years. She spent 3 years coordinating the EPSRC Network on Product-life spans, a multi-disciplinary network for sharing best practices, research developments and ideas on issues related to consumer product durability and product life extension. She spent a further two years working as a Researcher/Developer at one of three HEFCE funded Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, contributing to a programme of pedagogic research around learner autonomy.

Kenisha has a PhD in Waste Management Policy and Public Involvement from Sheffield Hallam University, a MA in Social Science Research Methods from Sheffield Hallam University, a MSc (Eng) in Environmental Engineering and Project Management from the University of Leeds and a BEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Guyana (South America).

Current activities

Dr Kenisha Garnett’s current research is developing underpinning robust foresight and futures methodologies that link evidence-based strategic risk with value judgements to assess system resilience and the robustness of policies and approaches for the green economy. Kenisha has led the development of medium and large scenarios projects and delivered a horizon scanning programme, focused on the long-term sustainability of environment and food systems, primarily through a £1.8M pan-government futures partnership led by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and including 9 other government agencies across the UK. Kenisha’s expertise is in futures analysis, strategic risk assessment, and stakeholder and public engagement.

Previous research projects 

2014. Application of the precautionary principle in EU law and case law. 

2014. The future of the Welsh environment: implications for Natural Resources Wales’ Corporate Plan. 

2013 - 2014. The future of Scotland's environment. 

2012 - 2014. Regular horizon scanning programme to identify emerging issues and trends that may impact on the environment or the ability of environmental organisations to achieve its strategic objectives. 

2012 - 2014. Future scenarios for the water and ecological environment, including case study analyses of implications to river catchments and key sectors of society. 

2012 - 2014. Development of future scenarios for the UK food and feed system, including case study analyses of implications to select food groups. 

2013. Research into possible vulnerabilities in the global white fish and berries food chain from food substitution and Hep A respectively. 

2013 Research into pinch points affecting the food supply chain to understand the impact of fuel supply disruption.    


  • Defra
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Environment Agency
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • Natural England
  • Syngenta.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Gray L, Bramhall M, Corker C & Garnett K (2012) Analysis of critical thinking skills across an international master's students in Engineering for a cross-institutional group.. In: 4th International Symposium for Engineering Education, 2012 , The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, 19-20 July 2012.
  • Gray L, Bramhall M, Garnett K & Corker C (2011) Analysis of critical thinking skills across an international, cross-institutional student group.. In: TIS International Conference - Internationalisation of Pedagogy and Curriculum in Higher Education: Exploring New Frontiers - 16/17 June 2011 , University of Warwick, Coventry, England., 16-17 June 2011.
  • Garnett K & Moore I (2010) The role of a Centre for Excellence in developing a scholarship of teaching based on pedagogical practice around learner autonomy.. In: International Consortium for Educational Developers (ICED) Conference, Barcelona, 28-30 June 2010.
  • Elfving-Hwang J, Moore I & Garnett K (2010) Skills development and lifelong learning.. In: Improving Student Learning For the Twenty-First Century Learner, London, 7 September 2009 - 9 September 2010.
  • Moore I, Elfving-Hwang J, Garnett & K (2009) Developing Communities of Practice: the role of a Centre for Excellence in fostering staff communities.. In: Higher Education Academy (HEA) Conference: Inspiring Teaching, Transforming Learning, Manchester, 30 June - 2 July 2009.
  • Garnett K, Cooper T, Heath M & Cartwright G (2008) The expert-public interface in municipal waste management decision making: exploring opinions from stakeholder groups. In: Creative Management: Gaining the Trust of People, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management 2008 Conference and Symposium on Waste Treatment Technologies, Paignton, 10-13 June 2008.
  • Garnett K, Cooper T, Heath M & Cartwright G (2008) Public involvement in local waste strategy development and facility planning: exploring opinions from stakeholder groups.. In: 23rd International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Widener University, Pennsylvania, 31 March - 2 April 2008.


  • Burgess PJ, den Herder M, Dupraz C, Garcia de Jalon S, Garnett K, Graves AR, Hermansen JE, Liagre F, Mirck J, Moreno G, Mosquera-Losada MR, Palma JHN, Pantera A & Plieninger T (2016) AGFORWARD Second Periodic Report: January 2015 to June 2016..
  • Mackenzie D, Cooper T & Garnett K (2010) Can Durability Provide a Strong Marketing Platform?. In: Longer Lasting Solutions: Alternatives to the Throwaway Society, Gower Publishing Limited, p. 297-315.
  • Garnett K & Moore I (2010) The CPLA small scale project scheme: an introduction. In: CPLA case studies: volume 2, Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Hallam University. Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy, p. 11-14.
  • Moore I, Elfving-Hwang J, Garnett K, Corker C (eds), (2010) CPLA case studies: volume 1, Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Hallam University. Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy.
  • Garnett K (eds), (2009) CPLA: Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy: A Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Case Studies Volume 1, Sheffield: Alpha Books on behalf of Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Promoting Learner Autonomy.