Luke is based at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and manages the EU-funded STAR-IDAZ Global Network for Animal Disease Research. This brings together 24 of the major research funders from 18 countries world-wide, with a further 30 countries engaged through regional networks for Europe, Asia and Australasia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. Project partners come mainly from ministries of agriculture, international organisations, industry, research councils and institutes, with the aim of coordinating their activities and aligning research programmes to maximise efficiency and add value to animal health research and innovation.
Through STAR-IDAZ, Luke has been involved in a number of global research networks including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions intensity from improved animal health. He has facilitated a number of regional and global foresight exercises including the use of scenarios, backcasting and driver analysis.
After obtaining a BCA in Management and BSc in Biology in New Zealand, Luke worked for the Ministry of Fisheries as a scientific observer, aboard foreign vessels fishing in New Zealand waters, before moving to the UK in 2005. He managed the veterinary medicines and antimicrobial resistance research portfolios for Defra before joining Beta in 2008 as the Project Manager for the EU-funded EMIDA ERA-Net (Coordination of European Research on Emerging and Major Infectious Diseases of Livestock). His experience and interest in foresight and futures studies led him in 2013 to undertake an MSc in Risk Analysis from King’s College London.