Dr John Tzilivakis BSc MSc PhD PIEMA MIAP
Reader in Agricultural and Environmental Systems

Tel.: +44 (0)1707 285259

John has been a member of AERU staff since 1995. During that time he has been involved in numerous projects related to agriculture, the environment and sustainability. Recent activities include 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.


John has an BSc in Agroforestry from the University of Wales, Bangor, an MSc in Ecological Design from the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, a PhD from the University of Hertfordshire, is an IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment) Practitioner, and is a Member of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers.

Previous employment

Before joining AERU in 1995 John was a Researcher at the World Resource Foundation now known as Residua. There he worked on projects related to sustainable waste management. These included the use of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in waste management and the public perception issues.

Selected projects

  • Review of livestock feed additives that have direct beneficial effect on the environment
  • Optimal Strategies for Climate change Action in Rural areas (OSCAR)
  • Waitrose pesticide load indicator
  • Farm Efficiency Hub
  • The climate change mitigation potential of an EU farm: towards a farm-based integrated assessment
  • Effective approaches to environmental labelling of food products
  • Assessment of reduction in environmental burdens through targeted measures compared with whole farm approaches in cropping and livestock systems
  • Developing software tools for pesticide risk assessment for the EU FOOTPRINT Project
  • Developing an Energy Auditing Tool (EAT) for greenhouses for the EU GREENERGY project
  • Defra's online services on GOV.UK
  • ADLib (Agricultural Document Library)
  • Environment and Energy Impact Assessment for Sugar Beet Production Systems
  • Environmental Management for Agriculture (EMA)

Recent publications

  • Green, A., Lewis, K.A., Tzilivakis, J. & Warner D.J. (2017). Agricultural climate change mitigation: carbon calculators as a guide for decision making. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. DOI
  • Lewis, K. & Tzilivakis, J. (2017). Development of a data set of pesticide dissipation rates in/on various plant matrices for the Pesticide Properties DataBase (PPDB). Data, 2(3), 28. DOI
  • Green, A., Tzilivakis, J., Warner, D. & Lewis, K. (2017). Problems of Benchmarking Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Dairy Agriculture. Benchmarking: An International Journal, 24(6): 1470-1489. DOI
  • Tzilivakis, J., Warner, D.J., Green, A. & Lewis, K.A. (2017). Spatial and temporal variability of greenhouse gas emissions from rural development land use operations. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 22(3): 447-467. DOI.
  • Warner, D., Tzilivakis, J., Green, A. & Lewis, K. (2017). Ecological Focus Areas and beneficial insect (Coleoptera: Carabidae) conservation for pest control: habitat suitability and farm specific factors. In: G. Begg, F. Bianchi, N. Birch, B. Gerowitt, J. Holland, D. Lupi, C. Moonen, M. Ramsden & P. van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th IOBC-WPRS Working Group meeting on Landscape Management for Functional Biodiversity (IOBC-WPRS Bulletin vol. 122). Dundee (Scotland, UK), 29-31 March, 6-10.

Dr. John Tzilivakis's extended publications list.

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University of Hertfordshire
University of Hertfordshire, 2017.