Dr Champion is Associate Professor in Technology Innovation and Society. She previously held Readerships at Cranfield and Loughborough Universities. Before becoming an academic she worked as a Science Officer at The Textile Conservation Centre when it was based at Hampton Court Palace.
Donna's research focuses on how we can build and design resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities. Her work contributes directly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
No. 10: Reduced Inequalities, and
No. 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.
Her funded research projects include:
Principle Investigator: “Recovery Position? Narratives of community-led recovery from the COVID 19 pandemic: The case of the East Midlands”. British Academy Small Grant. From September 2021-2023
Co-Investigator: “Upscaling Inspiring Ashfield: Extending Ashfield’s Place-based Social Prescribing across Mid-Nottinghamshire” £180K AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council). Project runs from 1/02/22 to 1/02/23.
Principle Lead: Sandpit on 21st Century Abattoir. £250,000. Supported by Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) October 2019. Daresbury Laboratories, STFC.
Principle Investigator: UK Science and Technology Facilities Research Council £20,000, “Scoping Project for a Global Food Security Information Architecture”. July-October 2018. (ST/S001905/1).
Sponsors and collaborators
Dr Champion has undertaken research with a wide range of sponsors and collaborators including Jaguar Land Rover; The British Association of Chemical Specialities; and with social enterprise organisations focused on supporting the homeless in Charnwood, Leicestershire. Her most recent work is focused on exploring how community gardens and food banks are supporting people through the cost of living crisis in a post-pandemic world.