Dr Lewis Holloway

Reader in Human Geography and Chair of the Faculty of Science and Engineering Ethics Committee

Faculty of Science and Engineering


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Dr Lewis Holloway's research and teaching focuses on issues surrounding food, farming and the countryside.

Lewis is a PI on the £1.5m Wellcome Trust funded project, 'Thinking forward through the past: Linking science, social science and the humanities to inform the sustainable reduction of endemic disease in British livestock farming'.

He is particularly interested in the production of different knowledges associated with farming and rural living, in the implications of particular technological interventions in agriculture, in human-nonhuman relationships in rural spaces, and in 'alternative' ways of living in the countryside and of producing and distributing food.


Research Interests

  • Agricultural and rural change
  • Agricultural technologies and innovation
  • Human-animal relationships in farming
  • Alternative food networks and alternative rural lifestyles
  • Leisure, health and wellbeing in the countryside


Bear C, Wilkinson K and Holloway L, 'Visualising Human-Animal-Technology Relations: Fieldnotes, Still Photography and Digital Video on the Robotic Dairy Farm', Society and Animals 25, pp 225-256 (2017)

Holloway L and Morris C, 'Viewing Animal Bodies: Truths, Practical Aesthetics and Ethical Considerability in UK Livestock Breeding', Social and Cultural Geography, 15, 1, pp 1-22 (2014)

Holloway L, Wilkinson K and Bear C, 'Robotic Milking Technologies and Renegotiating Situated Ethical Relationships on UK Dairy Farms', Agriculture and Human Values, 31, 2, pp 185-199 (2014)

Holloway L, Bear C and Wilkinson K, 'Re-capturing Bovine Life: Robot-Cow Relationships, Freedom and Control in Dairy Farming', Journal of Rural Studies, 33, pp 131-140 (2014)

Morris C and Holloway L, 'Genetics and Livestock Breeding in the UK: Co-Constructing Technologies and Heterogeneous Biosocial Collectivities', Journal of Rural Studies, 33, pp 150-160 (2014)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Worlds of Connection and Difference (leader)
  • Exploring Worlds Around Us
  • Interpreting Environments
  • Sustainable Futures (leader)
  • Applied Project (leader)
  • Geography Dissertation (leader)

Research PhDs

Dr Holloway welcomes applications to supervise Masters and doctoral theses on topics relating to his research interests in agriculture, food, rural leisure, alternative lifestyles and alternative food networks.

Completed PhDs

  • Rebecca Griffiths, Farmers' Interpretation of Climate Change in the Welsh Marches
  • Kirstie O’Neill, Effective Policy Intervention in Establishing Sustainable Local Food Systems
  • Dan Pedley, The Place(s) of Urban Wildlife
  • Graham Clarkson, Agroforestry in Southern Africa
  • Paul Barratt, Outdoor Cultures and Geographies of Mountaineering Bodies
  • Kate Mahoney, Regional Socio-Economic Impacts of Organic Vegetable Production in England
  • David Kings, Organic Farming, Farmer Behaviour and Wildlife Conservation
  • David Jarvis, Competitive Behaviour and Rural Manufacturing SMEs: a Critical Realist Approach
  • Stephen Munn, Imaging the Countryside: Tourism in the Cotswolds

Current PhD supervisions

  • Lucy Wright, Urban Agriculture in Hull and Copenhagen

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2017)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA Geography, Durham University
  • PhD Human Geography, Coventry University

External roles

  • External Examiner, geography programmes, University of Worcester

Awards and accolades

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2017