Professor Lisa Collins

Professor Lisa Collins


Prof Lisa Collins FLSW, FRSB, FRSS is Professor of Animal Science, N8 Agrifood Chair in Agricultural Systems, Head of the School of Biology, Academic Director of the National Pig Centre, and Director of the Smart Agri-Systems research initiative at the University of Leeds.

Her research focuses on the development and application of smarter agricultural systems through multi-disciplinary approaches including technology development, systems modelling and data analytics. Lisa is PI on broad portfolio of current research and innovation projects totalling over £4M, including PIGSustain, a £2.06M Global Food Security programme grant.

She serves on national and international advisory, funding and academic society councils and strategy groups, including BBSRC (Panel Member for Committee A and now Committee E), the Dog Advisory Council, ASAB council, and European Food Safety Authority groups. She is an experienced public communicator of science, regularly presenting invited public lectures including at the Royal Institution and in national theatres.  Her work regularly features in national and international news media in all formats.  In 2021, she is the British Science Association President for Agriculture and Food. In 2020 she was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in recognition of her leadership in agricultural sciences. In 2014, she received the British Science Association Charles Darwin Award for excellence in science communication, and in 2010, the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award.


  • Head of School
  • Academic Director of Smart Agri-Systems
  • N8 Chair in Smart Agri-Systems

Research interests

Lisa’s research focuses on the development and application of smarter agricultural systems through multi-disciplinary approaches including technology development and connectivity, systems modelling and data analytics.  She has a passion for technological innovation and solutions-focussed research in partnership with end-users. 

A welfare epidemiologist and quantitative behaviour analyst by training, she uses a combination of analytics and novel sensors to understand complex animal system problems. Recently, this has included a focus on the development of systems for livestock production that are sustainable, environmentally regenerative and high animal welfare.  Lisa uses multi-scalar approaches to understand a problem from both top-down and bottom-up perspectives; through individual-based research, she has developed a novel line of enquiry into factors that lead to important and significant differences between individuals which result in differential risk of exposure to, or subsequent development of, a health problem.  


Keywords:  Systems approaches; Sustainable agriculture; Resilience; Stress; Epidemiology; Animal welfare; Animal health; Individual and population measures

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  • MA(Oxon) Biological Sciences
  • DPhil Zoology

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology
  • Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Heredity, Development and Disease
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