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John is Reader in Agricultural and Environmental Systems within the Agriculture and Environment Research Unit (AERU) in the School of Life and Medical Sciences. Research activities are largely concerned with evaluating and managing the environmental impacts of rural land use, including agriculture and forestry. John is an Practitioner Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and a Member of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers (MIAP).
John's research is mainly concerned with developing, assessing and encouraging on-farm implementation of agri-environmental policy. It is funded by a wide range of different organisations from European and national government bodies, industry and NGO's. Recent activities include development of tools for calculating biodiversity and ecosystem service benefits of individual landscape features and whole landscapes; developing pesticide load indicators; evaluating the environmental impacts of the Nitrates Directive; assessing the impact of rural development programmes of climate change mitigation and adaptation, reviewing the potential environmental impact of livestock feed additives, developing carbon footprinting tools, developing a framework for practical and effective environmental labelling, and evaluating the environmental benefits of different farming systems. His work has included the development of software applications for farmers and growers, and the development of best practice / knowledge transfer web sites in the UK and across Europe. He has also been involved in the development of methods for environmental impact assessment, auditing and risk assessments. He also undertakes sustainability assessments which involves integrating environmental, economic and social assessments to provide an holistic perspective.
Commercial and public engagement
Many of the research projects John has undertaken have involved knowledge transfer including the development of software and websites. This has included tools and services for European and UK governments, the agricultural industry (including farmers and farm advisors) and commercial companies (e.g. supermarkets). John has also been an invited speaker and a number of public and commercial events including conferences, policy committees, seminars and workshops.
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Rainford, J., Tzilivakis, J., Garthwaite, D., Jones, G. & Lewis, K., 11 Jul 2023, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 77 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
An improved indicator framework to assess and optimise ecosystem services provided by permanent grasslandsMondière, A., Tzilivakis, J., Warner, D., van der Werf, H. & Corson, M., 8 Dec 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: Ecological Indicators. 146, 109765
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen Access
A broad-scale spatial analysis of the environmental benefits of fertiliser closed periods implemented under the Nitrates Directive in EuropeTzilivakis, J., Warner, D., Green, A. & Lewis, K., 1 Dec 2021, In: Journal of Environmental Management. 299, 16 p., 113674.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile5 Downloads (Pure)
Tzilivakis, J. & Warner, D., 30 Sept 2021.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Presentation › peer-review
Lewis, K., Rainford, J., Tzilivakis, J. & Garthwaite, D., 4 Jul 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Environmental Quality. 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile53 Downloads (Pure)