Vincent Walsh is a multidisciplinary researcher, specialising in urban agricultural systems. He was awarded the Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management, Nick Reeves Award for Arts (2010) and the Green Apple Award (2015) for the best sustainable food project in the UK. His research was chosen as one of the 100 Big Ideas that will change the future by the Research Council UK and Walsh was appointed as an International Brand Ambassador for Craghoppers from 2012 - 2016.
As a transdisciplinary theorist, with an interest in biological and technological infrastructures, he focuses on the emergence of urban cultures, capable of becoming resilient beyond climatic and economic disturbance. With ten years experience of developing innovative commercial and community food projects across temperate and tropical climates, his projects incorporate arts and sciences. Forming novel techniques with interconnectivity for decentralised urbanism, Vincent’s research uses resilience methodologies to create integrated alternative food production and urban distribution systems.
In collaboration with and funded by the People Postcode Lottery, National Lottery, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, UK Technology Strategy Board, UNLTD and Manchester International Festival, Vincent’s research has raised over two million pounds. His commissioning partners include commercial and industry leaders such as Siemens, BDP Architects, Glass Solutions, WYG Global Consultancy, Bruntwood, and the universities of Manchester, Queens Belfast and Salford.
In 2016, Walsh was appointed as Innovation Fellow at Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University in collaboration with NERC ENVISION Doctoral Training Program. In October 2017, he joined ART Labs, LJMU, to fulfil a split role in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), to enhance the research activities across both institutions. Consequently, Walsh created Pop Goes the Technosphere, an international reaching technology initiative in the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter.
2016, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, PhD
2009, Manchester Metropolitan University, The School of Architecture, United Kingdom, Masters
2006, Ravensbourne, United Kingdom, BA Hons
Innovation Fellow, Lancaster Environmental Centre, Lancaster University, 2016 - 2017
Engagement & Impact
Links #1: https://www.insidermedia.com/insider/northwest/146918-100k-angel-investment-mobile-mushroom-farm, Media coverage: Dr Vincent Walsh support's new ecological food start up, "Shroom" to secure £100,000 private investment from leading Northwest investors.
Links #1: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/article/future-food, Media coverage: Tony Naylor, from BBC interviews Dr Vincent Walsh, an expert at Liverpool John Moores University, about the future of food and trends.