Dr Pip Nicholas-Davies


Dr Pip Nicholas-Davies

Research Associate / Associate Lecturer

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I have a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a PhD in Plant Science (pasture ecology) from Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand. On completion of my PhD I began work as a farm systems scientist for Dexcel (formerly the Dairying Research Corporation), which is the leading dairy research institute in New Zealand. During my time there I developed an interest in environmentally sustainable dairy farming systems, including organic dairy production. Due to the limited organic milk production in New Zealand at the time, I took a year out from Dexcel to participate in a research project at the Institute of Rural Sciences (now part of IBERS Aberystwyth) on organic milk production systems. The work involved investigating and comparing different types of organic dairy farm systems using computer simulation modelling. I found I quite liked Wales and Aberystwyth and am still here many years later! I recently married a Welshman and we have had our first child Megan.

Additional Information

I am a crew member on Borth Lifeboat () and an avid sea rower ()


I am the IRS co-ordinator for Socrates/Erasmus exchange students.



The study of organic and low input food supply chains.


Vaarst, M, Leeb, C, Nicholas, P, Roderick, S, Smolders, G, Walkenhorst, M, Brinkman, J, March, S, Stroger, E, Winkler, C, Gratzer, E, Lund, V, Henriksen, BIF, Hansen, I & Neale, M 2008, ANIPLAN - not just 'any plan'. Report, 1st workshop in the European CORE-Organic project 'Minimising medicine use in organic dairy herds through animal health and welfare planning', Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems.
Nicholas, P & Jasinska, A 2008, Animal Health and Welfare Planning - a review. Contributing to WP2 - Development of principles for animal health planning in organic dairy farms and assessing the use of health plans in the UK and Norway, Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems.
Stolze, M, Bahrdt, K, Bteich, MR, Lampkin, NH, Naspetti, S, Nicholas, PK & Zanoli, R 2007, 'Strategies to improve quality and safety and reduce costs along the food supply chain' Paper presented at 3rd International Congress of the European Integrated Project Quality Low Input Food (QLIF), Hohenheim, Germany, 2007 - 2007, pp. 405-410.
Nicholas, P, Sundrum, A & Padel, S 2007, Guidance notes to operators including recommendations in relation to nutrient supply. EEC 2092/91 Organic Revision Project Report D4.3, Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University.
Lampkin, NH, Jeffreys, I & Nicholas, PK 2006, 'Effects of European organic farming policies at sectoral and societal levels' pp. 163-166.
Nicholas, PK, Kemp, PD & Barker, DJ 2004, 'Stress and recovery of hill pastures in the North Island of New Zealand' Grass and Forage Science, vol 59, no. 3, pp. 250-263. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2494.2004.00425.x
Padel, S, Fowler, SM, Lampkin, NH, Weller, RF, Topp, CFE, Hopkins, A (ed.) & Nicholas, PK 2004, Modelling organic dairy production systems. in rganic farming: science and practice for profitable livestock and cropping. Occasional Symposium of the British Grassland Society. vol. 37, British Grassland Society, pp. 145-148, The BGS/AAB/COR 2004 Conference, Newport, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2004.
Weller, RF, Hovi, M, Fowler, SM, Lampkin, NH, Padel, S, Cuttle, SP & Nicholas, PK 2004, 'Organic dairy production - a review' Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, vol 22, no. 3, pp. 217-249. DOI: 10.1080/01448765.2004.9755287
Nicholas, PK, Padel, S, Fowler, SM, Lampkin, NH, Topp, CFE, Weller, RF & Powell, J (ed.) 2002, 'The validation of a computer simulation model for use in organic dairy farm systems in the United Kingdom.' Proceedings of the Colloquium of Organic Reseachers (COR) Conference, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 2002 - 2002, pp. 199-200.
Scollan, N, Padel, S, Halberg, N, Hermansen, J, Nicholas-Davies, P, Rinne, M, Zanoli, R, Zollitsch, W & Lauwers, L 2017, 'Organic and Low-Input Dairy Farming: Avenues to Enhance Sustainability and Competitiveness in the EU' EuroChoices. DOI: 10.1111/1746-692X.12162
Naspetti, S, Mandolesi, S, Buysse, J, Latvala, T, Nicholas-Davies, P, Padel, S, Van Loo, E & Zanoli, R 2017, 'Determinants of the Acceptance of Sustainable Production Strategies in Conventional and Organic Dairying in Europe: An Empirical Analysis' Sustainability, vol 9, no. 10, 1805. DOI: 10.3390/su9101805
Payne, S, Nicholas-Davies, P & Home, R 2017, Participatory Action Research Methodologies to Advance Legume Productivity. in JC Jimenez-Lopez & A Clemente (eds), Legumes for Global Food Security. Nova Science Publishers.
Lüscher, G, Ammari, Y, Andriets, A, Angelova, S, Arndorfer, M, Bailey, D, Balázs, K, Bogers, M, Bunce, RGH, Choisis, J, Dennis, P, Díaz, M, Dyman, T, Eiter, S, Fjellstad, W, Fraser, M, Friedel, JK, Garchi, S, Geijzendorffer, IR, Gomiero, T, González-bornay, G, Guteva, Y, Herzog, F, Jeanneret, P, Jongman, RHG, Kainz, M, Kwikiriza, N, López Díaz, ML, Moreno, G, Nicholas-Davies, P, Nkwiine, C, Opio, J, Paoletti, MG, Podmaniczky, L, Pointereau, P, Pulido, F, Sarthou, J, Schneider, MK, Sghaier, T, Siebrecht, N, Stoyanova, S, Wolfrum, S, Yashchenko, S, Albrecht, H, Báldi, A, Belényesi, M, Benhadi-marin, J, Blick, T, Buholzer, S, Centeri, C, Choisis, N, Cuendet, G, De Lange, HJ, Déjean, S, Deltshev, C, Díaz Cosín, DJ, Dramstad, W, Elek, Z, Engan, G, Evtushenko, K, Falusi, E, Finch, O, Frank, T, Gavinelli, F, Genoud, D, Gillingham, PK, Grónás, V, Gutiérrez, M, Häusler, W, Heer, X, Hübner, T, Isaia, M, Jerkovich, G, Jesus, JB, Kakudidi, E, Kelemen, E, Koncz, N, Kovacs, E, Kovács-hostyánszki, A, Last, L, Ljubomirov, T, Mandery, K, Mayr, J, Mjelde, A, Muster, C, Nascimbene, J, Neumayer, J, Ødegaard, F, Ortiz Sánchez, FJ, Oschatz, M, Papaja-hülsbergen, S, Paschetta, M, Pavett, M, Pelosi, C, Penksza, K, Pommeresche, R, Popov, V, Radchenko, V, Richner, N, Riedel, S, Scullion, J, Sommaggio, D, Szalkovszki, O, Szerencsits, E, Trigo, D, Vale, J, Van Kats, R, Vasilev, A, Whittington, AE, Wilkes-allemann, J & Zanetti, T 2016, 'Farmland biodiversity and agricultural management on 237 farms in 13 European and two African regions' Ecology, vol 97, no. 6, pp. 1625. DOI: 10.1890/15-1985.1
Mandolesi, S, Nicholas-Davies, P, Naspetti, S & Zanoli, R 2015, 'Identifying viewpoints on innovation in low-input and organic dairy supply chains: A Q-methodological study' Food Policy, vol 54, pp. 25-34. DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2015.04.008
Moraine, M, Duru, M, Nicholas, P, Leterme, P & Therond, O 2014, 'Farming system design for innovative crop-livestock integration in Europe' Animal, vol 8, no. 8, pp. 1204-1217. DOI: 10.1017/S1751731114001189
Nicholas-Davies, P, Zanoli, R, Mandolesi, S & Naspetti, S 2014, 'Innovations in low input and organic dairy supply chains—What is acceptable in Europe?' Journal of Dairy Science, vol 97, pp. 1157-1167. DOI: 10.3168/jds.2013-7314
Ivemeyer, S, Smolders, G, Brinkmann, J, Gratzer, E, Hansen, B, Henriksen, BIF, Huber, J, Leeb, C, March, S, Mejdell, C, Nicholas, P, Roderick, S, Stoger, E, Vaarst, M, Whistance, LK, Winckler, C & Walkenhorst, M 2012, 'Impact of animal health and welfare planning on medicine use, herd health and production in European organic dairy farms' Livestock Science, vol 145, no. 1-3, pp. 63-72. DOI: 10.1016/j.livsci.2011.12.023
Moakes, SR & Nicholas, P 2010, D7.2: Results of FADN Data Analysis and Typical Farm Models from the Participating Countries. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University.
Dennis, P (ed.), Herzog, F (ed.), Jeanneret, P (ed.), Arndorfer, M, Bogers, M, Bunce, RGH, Bailey, D, -P, CJ, Choisis, N, Cuming, D, Ehrmann, O, Fjellstad, W, Franck, T, Fraser, MD, Friedel, J, Geijzendorffer, I, Gomiero, T, Jongman, R, Kainz, M, Kölliker, R, Last, L, Lüscher, G, Moreno, G, Nicholas, P, Paoletti, MG, Papaja-Hülsbergen, S, Pelosi, C, Pointereau, P, Sarthou, J-P, Schneider, M, Siebrecht, N, Targetti, S, Viaggi, D, Wilkes, J & Wolfrum, S 2010, BIOBIO: Indicators for biodiversity in organic and low-input farming systems. Work Package 2. Selection and field validation of candidate biodiversity indicators, including field manual. University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.
Cho, YS, Lee, JW, Kim, DH, Seo, GS & Nicholas, P 2010, 'Challenges of Korean organic rice farming - practice, economic performance and implications from the case study of Jeonnam province' Paper presented at Proceedings of the Korean Society of Organic Agriculture Conference, Korea, 2009 - 2009, .
Cho, YS, Nicholas, P, Padel, S & Lampkin, N 2010, 'Stockless organic farming in the UK - lessons to be learned for Korea' International conference on Organic Agriculture in Scope of Environmental Problems, Famagusta, Cyprus, 2010 - 2010, .
Cho, YS, Nicholas, P, Lampkin, N & Padel, S 2009, 'EU organic policies reflected on EU, Wales and England organic action plans for the development of Korean organic action plan' Paper presented at Korean Society of Organic Agriculture Conference, Korea, 2009 - 2009, .
Nicholas, P 2009, Improving quality and safety and reduction of cost in the European organic and 'low input' supply food chains. QLIF FOOD-CT-2003-506358 Integrated Project (IP), Food Quality and Safety, WP7.2 Socio-economic analysis of QLIF dairy research, WP7.2 Horizontal activity 2. Financial cost-benefit and socio-economic impact assessments., European Commission.
Nicholas, P, Lampkin, N, Leifert, C, Butler, G, Klocke, P & Wagenaar, JPTM 2008, 'A pilot socio-economic analysis of QLIF dairy projects' Paper presented at Cultivating the Future Based on Science: 2nd Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research ISOFAR, Modena, Italy, 2008 - 2008, pp. 18-20.
Lueck, L, Brandt, K, Seal, C, Rembialkovska, E, Huber, M, Butler, G, Bennett, R, Oughton, L, Nicholas, P, Kretzschmar, U, Sundrum, A & Leifert, C 2008, 'QLIF Workshop 1: Product quality in organic and low input farming systems' Paper presented at 4th QLIF Congress in the Frame of the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress and the 2nd ISOFAR Conference, June 19-20, Modena, 2008 - 2008, pp. 18-20.
Vaarst, M, Leeb, C, Nicholas, P, Roderick, S, Smoulders, G, Walkenhorst, M, Brinkman, J, March, S, Stroger, E, Gratzer, E, Winckler, C, Lund, V, Henriksen, BIF, Hansen, B, Neale, M, Whistance, LK & Neuhoff, D (ed.) 2008, 'Development of animal health and welfare planning in organic dairy farming in Europe' Paper presented at Proceedings of the Second Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Modena, Italy, 2008 - 2008, pp. 40-43.
Padel, S, Nicholas, P, Jasinska, A & Lampkin, N 2008, 'Ethical concerns associated with organic food in Europe' Paper presented at Cultivate the future. Proceedings of 16 IFOAM world congress (CD), Modena, Italy, June 16-20, Modena, Italy, 2008 - 2008, .
Spoolder, H, Biavati, B, Borgsteede, F, Davies, D, Klocke, P, Maurer, V, Nagel, P, Nicholas, P, van Krimpen, M, Mejer, H, Modesto, M, Strozzi, GP, Thamsborg, SM, Vermeer, H, Wagenaar, J-PTM, Zollitsch, W & Sundrum, A 2008, 'Performance of organic and low input livestock systems: a matter of sound design?' Paper presented at 4th QLIF Congress in the Frame of the 16th IFOAM Organic World Congress and the 2nd ISOFAR Conference, June 19-20, Modena, 2008 - 2008, .
Nicholas, P, Roderick, S & Vaarst, M 2008, Animal health and welfare planning - identifying key principles and approaches. ANIPLAN. CORE Organic project nr. 1903 - ANIPLAN no. Report from 1st ANIPLAN project workshop., Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems.