Professor G. Edwards-Jones

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Professor Gareth Edwards-Jones
Professor of Agriculture and Land Use Studies (1998-2011)

Gareth Edwards-Jones was born in 1962 and grew up on a farm in the Vale of Clwyd.  After gaining a first class honours degree in biology from the University of Manchester (1984) and a PhD from the University of London (1988), he took up a position at the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) in Edinburgh as a bio-economist.  Five years later, in 1995, he became Head of the Rural Resource Management Department at SAC.

Gareth was appointed Professor of Agriculture and Land Use Studies in the School of Agricultural and Forest Sciences (now the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography) in 1998.  Over the next 13 years he led the development of agriculture at Bangor, setting up the Centre for Hill and Upland Management (CHUM) and obtaining funding for capital, research and knowledge transfer projects at Henfaes, the School's lowland farm site.

Gareth's research interests were wide-ranging, covering agriculture-related topics from the agronomy of hemp and flax to the reduction of risk from E. coli in rural communities.  Other research projects were on wider land use issues, such as the vulnerability of European shrubland ecosystems to climate change and the use of monitoring as a conservation tool.  Gareth was highly regarded as an expert on the environmental impacts of food production, and he had recently developed an interest in the global challenge of food security.  In recognition of his expertise, Gareth was a member of several important national committees and advisory groups on various aspects of agriculture and land use.  He also made numerous appearances on television and radio, wrote regular press contributions and, as a charismatic speaker, received far more invitations than he could possibly accept to give talks to academic, industry and community groups.

At a time of decreasing student interest in traditional land use and related subjects, Gareth undertook a review of marketing and recruitment across the College of Natural Sciences.  Under his leadership the College's approach to marketing was updated and streamlined, new marketing material was produced and new undergraduate and MSc degrees started; as a result, student recruitment increased.  Gareth wrote a new introductory talk for the School's open days and often gave the talk himself, capturing the audience's imagination with his informed commentary on climate change, conservation and land use and his pictures showing, among other things, greening of the Arctic, poachers beside recently-killed elephants, and a man in black-and-white camouflage trying to collect samples from a suspicious black-and-white cow.  Despite his research and other commitments Gareth remained an active teacher, inspiring both the undergraduate students who attended his lectures on theoretical and practical aspects of conservation and his many PhD students who worked with him on his research projects.

In late 2010 Gareth was diagnosed with cancer and he died all too soon afterwards, on 14 August 2011.  He is survived by his wife Emma and his children Gethin and Eleanor.  He will be missed by his colleagues, but remembered for his energy, enthusiasm and achievements during a career that was sadly shorter than it should have been.

Gareth Edwards-Jones lecture series

In 2013 the main lecture theatre in the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography was renamed the Gareth Edwards-Jones lecture theatre. To provide a lasting legacy of Gareth’s teaching and research aspirations and achievements, an annual winter lecture series was developed on the theme of Sustainable Agriculture.


RELU - Rural Economy and Land Use
A Comparative assessment of nutritional quality of vegetables produced locally and overseas.  

Recent Publications


Carvalho, N., Edwards-Jones, G. and Isidro, E. (2011) Defining scale in fisheries: Small versus large-scale fishing operations in the Azores. Fisheries Research 109: 360-369.

Dickin, E., Steele, K.A., Frost, G., Edwards-Jones, G. and Wright, D. (2011) Effect of genotype, environment and agronomic management on beta-glucan concentration of naked barley grain intended for health food use. Journal of Cereal Science in press March 2011.

Gwyther, C.L., Williams, A.P., Golyshin, P.N., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, D.L. (2011) The environmental and biosecurity characteristics of livestock carcass disposal methods: a review. Waste Management 31: 767-778.

Jones, D.L., Edwards-Jones, G. and Murphy, D.V. (2011) Biochar mediated alterations in herbicide breakdown and leaching in soil. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 43: 804-813.

Ressurreição, A., Gibbons, J., Ponce Dentinho, T., Kaiser, M., Santos, R.S. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2011) Economic valuation of species loss in the open sea. Ecological Economics 70: 729-739.


Cross, P., Edwards-Jones, G., Omed, H. and Williams, A.P. (2010) Use of a Randomized Response Technique to obtain sensitive information on animal disease prevalence. Preventive Veterinary Medicine 96: 252-262.

Dutton, A., Edwards-Jones, G. and Mcdonald, D.W. (2010) Estimating the value of non-use benefits from small changes in the provision of ecosystem services. Conservation Biology 24: 1479-1487.

Edwards-Jones, G. (2010) Does eating local food reduce the environmental impact of food production and enhance consumer health? Proceedings of the Nutrition Society 69: 582-591.

Hadjimichael, M., Edwards-Jones, G. and Kaiser, M. (2010) Distribution of the burden of fisheries regulations in Europe: The north/south divide. Marine Policy 34: 795-802.

Hounsome, N., Grail, B., Tomos, A.D., Hounsome, B. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2010) High-throughput antioxidant profiling in vegetables by Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry. Functional Plant Science and Biotechnology 4: 1-10.

Koerber, G.R., Hill, P.W., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, D.L. (2010) Estimating the component of soil respiration not dependent on living plant roots: comparison of the indirect y-intercept regression approach and direct bare plot approach. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 42: 1835-1841.

Plassmann, K., Jones, M.L.M. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2010) Effects of long-term grazing management on sand dune vegetation of high conservation interest. Applied Vegetation Science 13: 100-112.

St John, F., Gibbons, J.M., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, J.P.G. (2010) Testing novel methods for assessing rule breaking in conservation. Biological Conservation 143: 1025-1030.

St John, F.A.V., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, J.P.G. (2010) Conservation and human behaviour: lessons from social psychology. Wildlife Research 37: 658-667.


Brenton, P., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jensen, M.F. (2009) Carbon labelling and low-income country exports: a review of the development issues. Development Policy Review 27: 243-267.

Cross, P., Edwards, R.T., Nyeko, P. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2009) The potential impact on farmer health of enhanced export horticultural trade between the UK and Uganda. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 6: 1539-1556.

Cross, P., Edwards, R.T., Opondo, M., Nyeko, P. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2009) Does farm worker health vary between localised and globalised food supply systems? Environment International 35: 1004-1014.

Cross, P., Williams, P. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2009) Communication of bluetongue mitigation techniques (response to Carpenter and Nomikou). Veterinary Record 165: 636.

Cross, P., Williams, P. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2009) Differences in the perceptions of farmers and veterinary surgeons about the efficacy of mitigation strategies for controlling bluetongue. Veterinary Record 165: 397-403.

Edwards-Jones, G., Plassmann, K. and Harris, I.M. (2009) Carbon footprinting of lamb and beef production systems: insights from an empirical analysis of farms in Wales, UK. Journal of Agricultural Science 147: 707-719.

Edwards-Jones, G., Plassmann, K., York, E.H., Hounsome, B., Jones, D.L. and Milà i Canals, L. (2009) Vulnerability of exporting nations to the development of a carbon label in the United Kingdom. Environmental Science and Policy 12: 479-490.

Hockley, N., Gibbons, J.M. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2009) Risks of extreme heat and unpredictability. Science 324: 177.

Hospido, A., Canals, L.M.I., McLaren, S., Truninger, M., Edwards-Jones, G. and Clift, R. (2009) The role of seasonality in lettuce consumption: a case study of environmental and social aspects. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 14: 381-391.

Hounsome, N., Hounsome, B., Tomos, D. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2009) Changes in antioxidant compounds in white cabbage during winter storage. Postharvest Biology and Technology 52: 173-179.

Koerber, G.R., Edwards-Jones, G., Hill, P.W., Milà i Canals, L., Nyeko, P., York, E.H. and Jones, D.L. (2009) Geographical variation in carbon dioxide fluxes from soils in agro-ecosystems and its implications for life-cycle assessment. Journal of Applied Ecology 46: 306-314.

Plassmann, K., Brown, N., Jones, M.L.M. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2009) Can soil seed banks contribute to the restoration of dune slacks under conservation management? Applied Vegetation Science 12: 199-210.

Plassmann, K., Jones, M.L.M. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2009) The effects of low levels of nitrogen deposition and grazing on dune grassland. Science of the Total Environment 407: 1391-1404.

Williams, A.P., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, D.L. (2009) In-vessel bioreduction provides an effective storage and pre-treatment method for livestock carcasses prior to final disposal. Bioresource Technology 100: 4032-4040.


Cross, P., Edwards, R.T., Hounsome, B. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2008) Comparative assessment of migrant farm worker health in conventional and organic horticultural systems in the United Kingdom. Science of the Total Environment 391: 55-65.

Dutton, A., Edwards-Jones, G., Strachan, R. and Macdonald, D.W. (2008) Ecological and social challenges to biodiversity conservation on farmland: reconnecting habitats on a landscape scale. Mammal Review 38: 205-219.

Edwards-Jones, G. (2008) Do benefits accrue to 'pest control' or 'pesticides?': a comment on Cooper and Dobson. Crop Protection 27: 965-967.

Edwards-Jones, G., Milà i Canals, L., Hounsome, N., Truninger, M., Koerber, G., Hounsome, B., Cross, P., York, E.H., Hospido, A., Plassmann, K., Harris, I.M., Edwards, R.T., Day, G.A.S., Tomos, A.D., Cowell, S.J. and Jones, D.L. (2008) Testing the assertion that 'local food is best': the challenges of an evidence-based approach. Trends in Food Science & Technology 19: 265-274

Gelcich, S., Kaiser, M.J., Castilla, J.C. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2008) Engagement in co-management of marine benthic resources influences environmental perceptions of artisanal fishers. Environmental Conservation 35: 36-45.

Gomontean, B., Gajaseni, J., Edwards-Jones, G. and Gajaseni, N. (2008) The development of appropriate ecological criteria and indicators for community forest conservation using participatory methods: a case study in northeastern Thailand. Ecological Indicators 8: 614-624.

Gordon, H., Edwards-Jones, G., Roberts, J., Wossink, A., Hunter, C., Chadwick, D., Ogden, I., Jones, D., Strachan, N., Rigby, D., Farrington, J., Teunis, P., Kosmider, R., Williams, P., Cross, P. and Killham, K. (2008) Reducing Escherichia coli O157 risk in rural communities. In Crighton, K. and Audsley, R. (eds.), Agriculture and the Environment VII Land Management in a Changing Environment: Proceedings of the SAC and SEPA Biennial Conference, Edinburgh, pp. 298-301.

Hounsome, N., Hounsome, B., Tomos, A.D. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2008) Plant metabolites and nutritional quality of vegetables. Journal of Food Science 73: R48-R65.

Keane, A., Jones, J.P.G., Edwards-Jones, G. and Milner-Gulland, E.J. (2008) The sleeping policeman: understanding issues of enforcement and compliance in conservation. Animal Conservation 11: 75-82.

Plassmann, K., Brown, N., Jones, L.M. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2008) Can atmospheric input of nitrogen affect seed bank dynamics in habitats of conservation interest? The case of dune slacks. Applied Vegetation Science 11: 413-420.

Ward, A., Minja, E.B., M. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2008) Beyond participation - building farmer confidence: experience from sub-Saharan Africa. Outlook on Agriculture 36: 259-266.


Bardsley, D.K. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2007) Invasive species policy and climate change: social perceptions of environmental change in the Mediterranean. Environmental Science & Policy 10: 230-242.

Bennett, S.J., Wright, D. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2007) The importance of time of spraying, desiccant type and harvest time on industrial fibre production from stand-retted fibre flax (Linum usitatissimum). Journal of Agricultural Science 145: 565-576.

Hockley, N.J., Edwards-Jones, G. and Healey, J.R. (2007) Maximizing the efficiency of conservation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 22: 286-287.

Kaiser, M.J., Blyth-Skyrme, R.E., Hart, P.J.B., Edwards-Jones, G. and Palmer, D. (2007) Evidence for greater reproductive output per unit area in areas protected from fishing. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 64: 1284-1289.

Roberts, P., Edwards, C.A., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, D.L. (2007) Responses of pot-grown flower species to commercial plant media substituted with vermicompost. Compost Science and Utilization 15: 159-166.

Roberts, P., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, D.L. (2007) In-vessel co-composting of green waste with biosolids and paper waste. Compost Science and Utilization 15: 272-282.

Roberts, P., Edwards-Jones, G. and Jones, D.L. (2007) Yield responses of wheat (Triticum aestivum) to vermicompost applications. Compost Science and Utilization 15: 6-15.

Roberts, P., Jones, D.L. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2007) Yield and vitamin C content of tomatoes grown in vermicomposted wastes. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 87: 1957-1963.

Walton, M.E.M., Samonte-Tan, G.P.B., Primavera, J.H., Edwards-Jones, G. and LeVay, L. (2007) Are mangroves worth replanting? The direct economic benefits of a community-based reforestation project. Environmental Conservation 33: 335-343.

Ward, A., Minja, E., Blackie, M. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2007) Beyond participation - building farmer confidence. Outlook on Agriculture 36: 259-266.


Bardsley, D. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2006) Stakeholders' perceptions of the impacts of invasive exotic plant species in the Mediterranean region. GeoJournal 65: 199-210.

Blyth-Skyrme, R.E., Kaiser, M.J., Hiddink, J.G., Edwards-Jones, G. and Hart, P.J.B. (2006) Conservation benefits of temperate marine protected areas: variation among fish species. Conservation Biology 20: 811-820.

Cross, P. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2006) Variation in pesticide hazard from arable crop production in Great Britain from 1992 to 2002: pesticide risk indices and policy analysis. Crop Protection 25: 1101-1108.

Cross, P. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2006) Variation in pesticide hazard from vegetable production in Great Britain from 1991 to 2003. Pest Management Science 62:1058-1064.

Edwards-Jones, G. (2006) Modelling farmer decision-making: concepts, progress and challenges. Animal Science 82: 783-790.

Gelcich, S., Edwards-Jones, G. and Kaiser, M. (2006) Heterogeneity in fishers' harvesting decisions under a marine territorial user rights policy. Ecological Economics 61: 246-254.

Gelcich, S., Edwards-Jones, G., Kaiser, M.J. and Castilla, J.C. (2006) Co-management policy can reduce resilience in traditionally managed marine ecosystems. Ecosystems 9: 951-966.

Hounsome, B., Edwards, R.T. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2006) A note on the effect of farmer mental health on adoption: the case of agri-environment schemes. Agricultural Systems 91: 229-241.

Kaiser, M.J. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2006) The role of ecolabelling in fisheries management and conservation. Conservation Biology 20: 392-398.

Norton, A.J., Bennett, S.J., Hughes, M., Dimmock, J.P.R.E., Wright, D., Newman, G., Harris, I.M. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2006) Determining the physical properties of flax fibre for industrial applications: the influence of agronomic practice. Annals of Applied Biology 149: 15-25.

Richardson, E.A., Kaiser, M.J., Edwards-Jones, G. and Possingham, H.P. (2006) Sensitivity of marine-reserve design to the spatial resolution of socioeconomic data. Conservation Biology 20: 1191-1202.

Richardson, E.A., Kaiser, M.J., Edwards-Jones, G. and Ramsay, K. (2006) Trends in sea anglers' catches of trophy fish in relation to stock size. Fisheries Research 82: 253-262.

Rowe, E.C., Healey, J.R., Edwards-Jones, G., Hills, J., Howells, M. and Jones, D.L. (2006) Fertilizer application during primary succession changes the structure of plant and herbivore communities. Biological Conservation 131: 510-522.

Sola, P., Edwards-Jones, G. and Gambiza, J. (2006) Impacts of leaf harvesting and sap tapping on the ivory palm (Hyphaene petersiana) in south eastern Zimbabwe. Forests, Trees and Livelihoods 16: 381-395.


Austin, E.J., Deary, I.J., Edwards-Jones, G. and Arey, D. (2005) Attitudes to farm animal welfare: factor structure and personality correlates in farmers and agriculture students. Journal of Individual Differences 26: 107-120.

Dimmock, J.P.R.E., Bennett, S.J., Wright, D., Edwards-Jones, G. and Harris, I.M. (2005) Agronomic evaluation and performance of flax varieties for industrial fibre production. Journal of Agricultural Science 143: 299-309.

Gelcich, S., Edwards-Jones, G. and Kaiser, M.J. (2005) Importance of attitudinal differences among artisanal fishers with respect to co-management and conservation of marine resources. Conservation Biology 19: 865-875.

Gelcich, S., Edwards-Jones, G., Kaiser, M.J. and Watson, E. (2005) Using discourses for policy evaluation: the case of marine common property rights in Chile. Society and Natural Resources 18: 377-391.

Richardson, E.A., Kaiser, M.J. and Edwards-Jones, G. (2005) Variation in fisher's attitudes within an inshore fishery: implications for management. Environmental Conservation 32: 1-13.