Trudie Dockerty


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Personal profile


I am a Senior Research Associate in the School of Environmental Sciences (ENV) at UEA.  In recent years I have also worked in the School of Health Sciences, outside of UEA in other research and development related business activities, and in a county council funded role where my work focused on the provision of information for family carers.  

In ENV I am currently working with colleagues on an Interreg Europe project on renewable energy and ecosystem services ‘IRENES’ and we have recently concluded work for Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils providing a Natural Capital Evidence Compendium on the status of natural assets in the two counties that will feed into a local 25 year Environment Plan.  I have also recently worked on a UKERC project developing an approach for assessing ecosystem service impacts arising from the fuel-cycle cycles of UK energy sources, and its follow-on project (ADVENT) which is examining how to better assess interactions between energy systems and natural capital. Prior to that I was part of the ENV-UEA team working on DEFRA’s Demonstration Test Catchment Programme, contributing to the Wensum DTC knowledge exchange work with responsibility for the project website -

The common theme of the research undertaken with my colleagues in ENV is working alongside stakeholder groups and organisations in research that develops 'ground-up' solutions to environmental problems, and I am interested in the communication of science information to non-scientific audiences. 

Career Notes

1991 – 1992: Student Placement at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, working on CITES monitoring (trade in endangered species), and special project on global trade in shark fins.

1993 - 1994: Project Officer, British Trust for Ornithology, for pilot year of national Barn Owl survey

1994 – 1998: Postgraduate student, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA

1999 – present: Senior Research Associate, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA


Key Research Interests

I have worked on a range of projects evaluating environmental impacts, with work on topics including climate change and rural landscapes, diffuse pollution from agriculture, water quality, expansion of biomass crops, evaluation of different potential energy futures, and the review of risks to natural assets and ecosystem services.  

My PhD, completed in 1998, was a GIS based study which modelled relationships between plant distributions and climate to examine the potential impact of climate change on plant communities in nature reserves in Great Britain.  

Research Programme Participation

EU Interreg IIIb North Sea Programme, European Regional Development Fund [2000 – 2006] “Water4all”

EU 7th Framework Programme, Socio-Economic Sciences & Humanities [2007 – 2013] “Rural Future Networks” (RUFUS)

NERC Rural Economy and Land Use Programme [2004 – 2013] “Increasing Rural Land Use under Energy Crops” (RELU Biomass)

The Research Councils UK Energy Programme Phase II [2009 – 2013] “UKERC - UK Energy Strategies Under Uncertainty”

DEFRA Demonstration Test Catchments Programme [2010 – 2019] “Wensum DTC”

NERC Valuing Natural Capital in Low Carbon Energy Pathways Programme [2015 – 2020] “ADVENT (ADressing Valuation of Energy and Nature Together)” 

Interreg Europe IRENES project [2019 - 2023] “Integrating RENewable energy and Ecosystem Services in environmental and energy policies”


Significant Publications

  • Cooper, R.J., Hama-Aziz, Z.Q., Hiscock, K.M., Lovett, A.A., Vrain, E., Dugdale, S.J., Sünnenberg, G., Dockerty, T., Hovesen, P. and Noble, L., 2020. Conservation tillage and soil health: Lessons from a 5-year UK farm trial (2013–2018). Soil and Tillage Research, [online] 202, p.104648. Link to this article:

  • Lovett, A., Dockerty, T., Papathanasopoulou, E., Beaumont, N., Smith, P. (2015) “A framework for assessing the impacts on ecosystem services of energy provision in the UK: An example relating to the production and combustion life cycle of UK produced biomass crops (short rotation coppice and Miscanthus)” Biomass and Bioenergy. 83. pp. 311-321
  • Lovett, A.A., Hiscock, K.M., Outram, F.N., Cooper, R.J., Dugdale, S., Stevenson, J., Sunnenberg, G., Hama-Aziz, Z., Dockerty, T.L., Noble, L., Beamish, J. and Hovesen, P. (2015) “Experiments with cover crops and cultivation techniques in the Wensum DTC”, pp.85-90 in Green, M., Measures, M., Stobart, R. and Storkey, J. (eds) “Getting the Most out of Cover Crops” Aspects of Applied Biology 129, Association of Applied Biologists, Wellesbourne, Warwick.
  • Dockerty, T contributing author in - Watson, J., Gross, R., Kestopoulou, I. and Winskel, M (2014) UK Energy Strategies Under Uncertainty – Synthesis Report (UKERC: London) REF UKERC/RR/FG/214/002.
  • Dockerty, T; Dockerty, Tim; Lovett, A; Papathanasopoulou, E; Beaumont, N; Wang, S & Smith, P (2014) Interactions between the Energy System, Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital UKERC Working Paper, London, UK: UK Energy Research Council (UKERC). REF: UKERC/WP/FG/2014/010.
  • Lovett, A., Sünnenberg, G., Dockerty, T. (2014) “The availability of land for perennial energy crops in Great Britain” Global Change Biology Bioenergy (special issue) 6. pp. 99-107.  Link to this article:
  • Dockerty, T; Appleton, K & Lovett, A (2012) “Public opinion on energy crops in the landscape: Considerations for the expansion of renewable energy from biomass.” Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. 55:9, 1134-1158. Link to this article:
  • Bond, A, T Dockerty, A Lovett, A B Riche, A J Haughton, D A Bohan, R B Sage, I F Shield, J W Finch, M M Turner and A Karp (2010), "Learning how to deal with values, frames and governance in Sustainability Appraisal", Regional Studies. Vol 45, Issue 8, p1157-1170. Link to this article:
  • Haughton, A J; Bond, A J; Lovett, A A;  Dockerty, T L; Sünnenberg, G; Clark, S J; Bohan, D A; Sage, R B; Mallott, M D; Mallott, V E; Cunningham, M D; Riche, A B; Shield, I F; Finch, J W; Turner, M M and Karp, A.(2009) A novel, integrated approach to assessing social, economic and environmental implications of changing rural land-use:  a case study of perennial biomass crops. Special Issue: Journal of Applied Ecology Vol 46, Issue 2, p315-322. Link to this article:
  • Karp, A; Haughton, A J; Bonham, D A; Lovett, A A; Bond, A J; Dockerty T L; Sunnenberg, G; Finch, J W; Sage, R B; Appleton, K A; Riches, A B; Mallott, M D; Mallot, V E; Cunningham M D; Clark, S and Turner M M (2009) “Perennial Energy Crops: Implications and Potential” In M Winter and M Lobley (eds) What is Land for? The Food, Fuel and Climate Change Debate.  London: Earthscan.
  • Hiscock, K; Lovett, A; Saich, A; Dockerty, T; Johnson, P; Sandhu, C; Sunnenberg, G; Appletons K; Harris, B & Greaves, J (2007) Modelling land-use scenarios to reduce groundwater nitrate pollution: the European Water4all project. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrology, 40 p 417-434.
  • Dockerty, T; Lovett, A; Appleton, K; Bone, A & Sunnenberg, G (2006) Developing scenarios and visualisations to illustrate potential policy and climatic influences on future agricultural landscapes.  Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment Vol. 114, Issue 1, Scenario-Based Studies of Future Land Use in Europe. Edited by Peter H. Verburg, Mark D.A. Rounsevell and A. Veldkamp. p 103 – 120. doi:10.1016/j.agee.2005.11.008
  • Dockerty, T; Lovett, A; Sunnenberg, G; Appleton K; Parry M (2005) Visualising the potential impacts of climate change on rural landscapes. Computers, Environment and Urban SystemsVol. 29. pp297-320. doi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2004.05.004
  • Dockerty, T, Lovett, A & Watkinson, A. (2003) Climate change and nature reserves: examining the potential impacts, with examples from Great Britain. Global Environmental Change. Vol.13, pp 125-135. doi:10.1016/S0959-3780(03)00010-4.
  • Dockerty, T & Lovett, A (2003) A location-centred, GIS-based methodology for estimating the potential impacts of climate change on nature reserves Transactions in GIS Volume 7. No. 3. (June 2003) pp 345-370.
  • Appleton, K J; Lovett, A A; Sünnenberg, G and Dockerty, T (2002) Rural landscape visualisation from GIS databases: A comparison of approaches, options and problems. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Vol. 26, pp.141-162.

Research Group Membership

Professor Andrew Lovett (ENV)

Professor Kevin Hiscock (ENV)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia

Award Date: 1 Jan 1999

Bachelor of Science, University of Hertfordshire

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

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