Mikey Tomkins works as an academic researcher, artist and consultant in the field of urban sustainability and urban agriculture. Over the last ten years he has been developing methods of spatial analysis for cities and food production. His Masters was in architecture, advanced energy and environment studies from UEL and his PhD was completed at the school of architecture and design at Brighton University. The thesis for both degrees focused on the potential for urban agriculture, developing both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis. His PhD specifically researched food growing in community food gardens on London housing estates.
He has also previously worked for Sustain as a project officer, developing community beekeeping in London as part of the Capital Growth food gardening project. Additionally, Mikey has developed the Edible Map project to help bridge the divide between academic and policy work around food and cities, and the everyday lived experience of cities from the viewpoint of the resident. His current work is focused on developing urban agriculture in the Middle East, specifically in the context of refugee camps.