Member profile

Professor Emily Burton

Last updated: 07 November 2023


Emily Burton is Professor of Sustainable Food Production and co-lead for Nottingham Trent University Sustainable Futures Research Theme. She has worked alongside the poultry industry on research programmes for 25 years and now leads the University’s Poultry Nutrition Research Unit. From 2018-21, Burton was President of the World’s Poultry Science Association UK Branch, and currently represents the UK on 2 European working groups (Nutrition and Education), and is a member of the Egg and Poultry Industry Conference organising committee. Emily is also Trustee for the British Poultry Science Journal, and the Gordon Memorial Trust.

Alongside publications in her field, Emily publishes multidisciplinary research with colleagues at NTU and externally spanning both biosciences and humanities. Alongside her research, Emily’s passion is for helping students to develop into scientists capable of making a tangible contribution to the advancement of animal science and global food security. Emily leads a group of researchers who collaborate globally on projects exploring viability of novel feed materials in differing economic and environmental settings. Her poultry research has been used in many impact cases studies and was reported by Research Councils UK to UK government as generating a pipeline of high calibre scientists into a sector with a skills shortage. In 2023 Burton was opening key note speaker at European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition, Italy, and also at the South African Animal Feed Manufacturers Association; and in October 2022 was invited by the UN FAO to speak at their poultry veterinarian CPD event in Bangladesh on nutritional strategies to reduce antimicrobial resistance.


Register of Interests



Category of Interest

Organisation/body and nature of interest (period)

Direct employment

Nottingham Trent University. December 2008 to present

Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations

World’s Poultry Science Association (WPSA) European Working Group on Poultry Nutrition: UK representative.

Trustee: Gordon Memorial Trust

Trustee: British Poultry Science Trust.

WPSA UK branch member


Historical Interests


Category of Interest Organisation/body and nature of interest (period)

Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations or consultancies

July 2022: Consultancy for Avara Foods Ltd – conducted through my current employer (NTU): Independent review of their trial data.