Contact Professor Jerry Knox

Areas of expertise

  • Agrifood Systems
  • Water Science and Engineering


Jerry has an international reputation in the science, engineering, and management of water resources for agriculture, including assessing the relationships between water resources, drought, agricultural productivity and the environment, and the sustainability of irrigated production in the context of climate impacts and food security.

Research opportunities

His research interests are in biophysical and water resource modelling, irrigation agronomy, soil and irrigation management, abiotic (drought) impacts on crop productivity and climate change impacts and adaptation responses in agriculture

Current activities

30 years international irrigation research and consultancy experience including technical missions to Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Malta, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Swaziland, Tanzania, Turkey, the UK, USA and Zambia.

2023-25: Principal Investigator: FCDO “Building resilience to climate and drought risks: development of a prototype decision support tool for irrigated agriculture in S Africa”.

2023-24: Principal Investigator: British Council “Supporting socially and environmentally sustainable sugarcane expansion: academia-industry collaboration to evaluate alternate production technologies and management strategies

2023-24: Principal Investigator: Defra / EA “Assessing impacts of regional drought risks and abstraction reform on agriculture in eastern England”.

2023-24: Principal Investigator: Innovate UK Farming Innovation Programme “Developing floatovoltaics for agriculture” with TeamAg (UK), Dyson Farming, Polybell Farms and Achelous Energy.

2023-24: Co-Investigator: Innovate UK Farming Innovation Programme “Development of a prototype rainwater harvesting decision support tool to reduce water and climate-related risks in UK agriculture” with Berryworld UK.

2022-23: Co-Investigator “Prototype planning tool for green hydrogen generation and use in UK agriculture” Impact Accelerator Account EPSRC

Author of 100 peer-reviewed journal papers; Scopus h-index: 31; Google Scholar h-index: 40.


UK Research Councils, including NERC and BBSRC.

UK Government departments including Defra and DFID.

European Commission (H2020) and DG Environment.

Environment Agency (EA)

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), including UK Potato Council (PCL) and Horticulture Development Company (HDC).


UK and international agri-businesses


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