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.


Organic and Low-Input Dairy Farming: Avenues to Enhance Sustainability and Competitiveness in the EUScollan, N., Padel, S., Halberg, N., Hermansen, J., Nicholas-Davies, P., Rinne, M., Zanoli, R., Zollitsch, W. & Lauwers, L. 2017 In : EuroChoices.
Determinants of the Acceptance of Sustainable Production Strategies in Conventional and Organic Dairying in Europe: An Empirical AnalysisNaspetti, S., Mandolesi, S., Buysse, J., Latvala, T., Nicholas-Davies, P., Padel, S., Van Loo, E. & Zanoli, R. 2017 In : Sustainability.9, 10, 1805
Participatory Action Research Methodologies to Advance Legume ProductivityPayne, S., Nicholas-Davies, P. & Home, R. 2017 Legumes for Global Food Security. Jimenez-Lopez, J. C. & Clemente, A. (eds.). Nova Science Publishers
Farmland biodiversity and agricultural management on 237 farms in 13 European and two African regionsLüscher, G., Ammari, Y., Andriets, A., Angelova, S., Arndorfer, M., Bailey, D., Balázs, K., Bogers, M., Bunce, R. G. H., Choisis, J., Dennis, P., Díaz, M., Dyman, T., Eiter, S., Fjellstad, W., Fraser, M., Friedel, J. K., Garchi, S., Geijzendorffer, I. R., Gomiero, T., González-bornay, G., Guteva, Y., Herzog, F., Jeanneret, P., Jongman, R. H. G., Kainz, M., Kwikiriza, N., López Díaz, M. L., Moreno, G., Nicholas-Davies, P., Nkwiine, C., Opio, J., Paoletti, M. G., Podmaniczky, L., Pointereau, P., Pulido, F., Sarthou, J., Schneider, M. K., 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, H. J., Déjean, S., Deltshev, C., Díaz Cosín, D. J., Dramstad, W., Elek, Z., Engan, G., Evtushenko, K., Falusi, E., Finch, O., Frank, T., Gavinelli, F., Genoud, D., Gillingham, P. K., Grónás, V., Gutiérrez, M., Häusler, W., Heer, X., Hübner, T., Isaia, M., Jerkovich, G., Jesus, J. B., 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, F. J., 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, A. E., Wilkes-allemann, J. & Zanetti, T. 2016 In : Ecology.97, 6, p. 1625
Identifying viewpoints on innovation in low-input and organic dairy supply chains: A Q-methodological studyMandolesi, S., Nicholas-Davies, P., Naspetti, S. & Zanoli, R. 2015 In : Food Policy.54, p. 25-3410 p.
Farming system design for innovative crop-livestock integration in EuropeMoraine, M., Duru, M., Nicholas, P., Leterme, P. & Therond, O. 2014 In : Animal.8, 8, p. 1204-121714 p.
Innovations in low input and organic dairy supply chains—What is acceptable in Europe?Nicholas-Davies, P., Zanoli, R., Mandolesi, S. & Naspetti, S. 2014 In : Journal of Dairy Science.97, p. 1157-116710 p.
Impact of animal health and welfare planning on medicine use, herd health and production in European organic dairy farmsIvemeyer, S., Smolders, G., Brinkmann, J., Gratzer, E., Hansen, B., Henriksen, B. I. F., Huber, J., Leeb, C., March, S., Mejdell, C., Nicholas, P., Roderick, S., Stoger, E., Vaarst, M., Whistance, L. K., Winckler, C. & Walkenhorst, M. 2012 In : Livestock Science.145, 1-3, p. 63-7210 p.
D7.2: Results of FADN Data Analysis and Typical Farm Models from the Participating CountriesMoakes, S. R. & Nicholas, P. 2010 Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University. 85 p.
BIOBIO: Indicators for biodiversity in organic and low-input farming systems. Work Package 2. Selection and field validation of candidate biodiversity indicators, including field manualDennis, P. (ed.), Herzog, F. (ed.), Jeanneret, P. (ed.), Arndorfer, M., Bogers, M., Bunce, R. G. H., Bailey, D., -P, C. J., Choisis, N., Cuming, D., Ehrmann, O., Fjellstad, W., Franck, T., Fraser, M. D., Friedel, J., Geijzendorffer, I., Gomiero, T., Jongman, R., Kainz, M., Kölliker, R., Last, L., Lüscher, G., Moreno, G., Nicholas, P., Paoletti, M. G., Papaja-Hülsbergen, S., Pelosi, C., Pointereau, P., Sarthou, J. -P., Schneider, M., Siebrecht, N., Targetti, S., Viaggi, D., Wilkes, J. & Wolfrum, S. 2010 University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.
Challenges of Korean organic rice farming - practice, economic performance and implications from the case study of Jeonnam provinceCho, Y. S., Lee, J. W., Kim, D. H., Seo, G. S. & Nicholas, P. 2010
Stockless organic farming in the UK - lessons to be learned for KoreaCho, Y. . S., Nicholas, P., Padel, S. & Lampkin, N. 2010
EU organic policies reflected on EU, Wales and England organic action plans for the development of Korean organic action planCho, Y. . S., Nicholas, P., Lampkin, N. & Padel, S. 2009
Improving quality and safety and reduction of cost in the European organic and 'low input' supply food chainsNicholas, P. 2009 European Commission. (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.)
ANIPLAN - not just 'any plan'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, B. I. F., Hansen, I. & Neale, M. 2008 Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems. (Report, 1st workshop in the European CORE-Organic project 'Minimising medicine use in organic dairy herds through animal health and welfare planning')
Animal Health and Welfare Planning - a reviewNicholas, P. & Jasinska, A. 2008 Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems. (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)
A pilot socio-economic analysis of QLIF dairy projectsNicholas, P., Lampkin, N., Leifert, C., Butler, G., Klocke, P. & Wagenaar, J. P. T. M. 2008 p. 18-203 p.
QLIF Workshop 1: Product quality in organic and low input farming systemsLueck, L., Brandt, K., Seal, C., Rembialkovska, E., Huber, M., Butler, G., Bennett, R., Oughton, L., Nicholas, P., Kretzschmar, U., Sundrum, A. & Leifert, C. 2008 p. 18-203 p.
Development of animal health and welfare planning in organic dairy farming in EuropeVaarst, M., Leeb, C., Nicholas, P., Roderick, S., Smoulders, G., Walkenhorst, M., Brinkman, J., March, S., Stroger, E., Gratzer, E., Winckler, C., Lund, V., Henriksen, B. I. F., Hansen, B., Neale, M., Whistance, L. K. & Neuhoff, D. (ed.) 2008 p. 40-434 p.
Ethical concerns associated with organic food in EuropePadel, S., Nicholas, P., Jasinska, A. & Lampkin, N. 2008
Performance of organic and low input livestock systems: a matter of sound design?Spoolder, H., Biavati, B., Borgsteede, F., Davies, D., Klocke, P., Maurer, V., Nagel, P., Nicholas, P., van Krimpen, M., Mejer, H., Modesto, M., Strozzi, G. P., Thamsborg, S. M., Vermeer, H., Wagenaar, J-P. T. M., Zollitsch, W. & Sundrum, A. 2008
Animal health and welfare planning - identifying key principles and approachesNicholas, P., Roderick, S. & Vaarst, M. 2008 Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems. (ANIPLAN. CORE Organic project nr. 1903 - ANIPLAN no. Report from 1st ANIPLAN project workshop.)
Strategies to improve quality and safety and reduce costs along the food supply chainStolze, M., Bahrdt, K., Bteich, M. . R., Lampkin, N. H., Naspetti, S., Nicholas, P. K. & Zanoli, R. 2007 p. 405-4106 p.
Guidance notes to operators including recommendations in relation to nutrient supplyNicholas, P., Sundrum, A. & Padel, S. 2007 Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University. (EEC 2092/91 Organic Revision Project Report D4.3)
Effects of European organic farming policies at sectoral and societal levelsLampkin, N. H., Jeffreys, I. & Nicholas, P. K. 2006 p. 163-1664 p.
Stress and recovery of hill pastures in the North Island of New ZealandNicholas, P. K., Kemp, P. D. & Barker, D. J. 2004 In : Grass and Forage Science.59, 3, p. 250-26314 p.
Modelling organic dairy production systemsPadel, S., Fowler, S. M., Lampkin, N. H., Weller, R. F., Topp, C. F. E., Hopkins, A. (ed.) & Nicholas, P. K. 2004 rganic farming: science and practice for profitable livestock and cropping. Occasional Symposium of the British Grassland Society.British Grassland Society, Vol. 37, p. 145-1484 p.
Organic dairy production - a reviewWeller, R. F., Hovi, M., Fowler, S. M., Lampkin, N. H., Padel, S., Cuttle, S. P. & Nicholas, P. K. 2004 In : Biological Agriculture and Horticulture.22, 3, p. 217-24933 p.
The validation of a computer simulation model for use in organic dairy farm systems in the United Kingdom.Nicholas, P. K., Padel, S., Fowler, S. M., Lampkin, N. H., Topp, C. F. E., Weller, R. F. & Powell, J. (ed.) 2002 p. 199-2002 p.