Contact Dr Kenisha Garnett

Areas of expertise


Dr Kenisha Garnett’s expertise is in futures analysis, strategic risk assessment, and stakeholder and public engagement. Her 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 designed and delivered  horizon scanning programmes, focused on the long-term sustainability of environment and food systems, and supported a UK pan-governmental futures partnership. Kenisha has previous international experience, primarily in the field of environmental management and engineering, through projects in Latin America and the Caribbean region funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Kenisha'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 a PhD in Waste Management Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, MA in Social Science Research Methods, MSc(Eng.) in Environmental Engineering and Project Management, and a BEng. in Civil Engineering.

Current activities

Recent projects 

2017 - 2018. Membership of the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) Standing Working Group on Emerging Risks

2017 - 2018. Characterisation of emerging environmental issues for DG Environment, European Commission

2016 - 2017. Research and development of a horizon scanning toolkit for the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)

2014 - 2015. Review of the application of the precautionary principle in EU law and case law, Syngenta. 

2012 - 2014. Strategic foresight research to analyse the long-term sustainability of environmental and food systems and support to a pan-government futures partnership led by Defra 


  • European Commission (DG Environment)
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

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