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Dr Nicola Randall BSc (Hons) PhD CertTHE

Principal Lecturer

 

Research Interests

My main interests are in the fields of agricultural ecology and sustainable food production, and in the use of scientific evidence in order to support and underpin policy and management decision making.

I am director of the Centre for Evidence Based Agriculture, a reviewing, training and co-ordinating hub for the collation and synthesis of agri-food evidence, and part of the UK Collaboration for Environmental Evidence Centre.

I am also on the editorial board for Environmental Evidence, a journal for the publication of systematic reviews and evidence syntheses on the effectiveness of environmental management interventions and on the impact of human activities on the environment. Other external roles and links can be found in the additional informaton section at the bottom of the page.

Research fields

Agricultural Ecology and Biodiversity, Evidence synthesis for environmental and agricultural decision making, Systematic Review, Systematic Mapping, Ecological Policy, Dissemination and use of research information.

Recent funding (last 5 years)

£545,000 for research and training from funders including:

Research councils: Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

European and UK policy organisations: European Food Safety Authoriity (EFSA), Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Scottish Government, 

Industry, advisory and other organisations: Syngenta, British Ecological Society, John Oldacre Foundation, Mistra Council for Evidence Based Environmental Management, Sweden (Mistra Eviem), Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA).

 

Current PhD student supervision

Claire Blowers - Multifunctional field margins for delivery of ecosystem services (water quality protection, pollinator support and bio-control) BBSRC/Syngenta icase Director of studies

Edward Baxter - Conservation at the crop edge: The botanical composition of wild headlands and their impact on provision of invertebrates for grey partridge chick diet (Perdix Perdix) (With James Hutton) Director of studies

Colin Fernley- How are national government, local planning authorities and local communities defining sustainable development in the context of rural housing in England? 2nd supervisor

Christelle Ledroite - Ecological Implications and sustainability of organic and biodynamic farming in comparison to conventional and BT-conventional farming. Coventry University. 2nd supervisor

 

Teaching

Course leader: 

Agroecology MSc/PgD/PgC

Module leader:

  • Fundamentals of Agroecology (PG level 7)
  • Applied Ecology (UG level 6)
  • Behavioural Ecology and Wildlife Populations (UG level 6)

Other taught modules:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (PG level 7)
  • Ecological Entomology (PG level 7)
  • Integrated Countryside Management (UG level 6)
  • Contemporary countryside and environmental issues (UG level 4)
 

 

Professional Memberships

  • British Ecological Society (Committee member  Agro-ecology special interest group)
  • Society for Conservation Biology

Academic Department: Crop and Environment Sciences

Tel: +44 (0)1952 815347

Fax: +44 (0)1952 814783

Twitter: @NicolaPRandall

Office: F57 Jubilee Adams, Tudor Lodge and NW Building

Research profile: ORCID

Publications

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Other publications

  • Blowers CJ, Cunningham HM, Wilcox A, Randall NP (2018) What specific plant traits support ecosystem services such as pollination, bio-control and water quality protection in temperate climates? A systematic map Environmental Evidence Journal (accepted)
  • Norris SL, Blackshaw RP, Critchley CNR, Dunn RM, Smith KE, Williams J, Randall NP and Murray PJ (2017) Intercropping flowering plants in maize systems increases pollinator diversity. Agricultural and Forest Entomology
  • Blowers CJ, Cunningham HM, Wilcox A and Randall NP (2017) What specific plant traits support ecosystem services such as pollination, bio-control and water quality protection in temperate climates? A systematic map protocol Environmental Evidence Journal 6:3 (doi 10.1186/s13750-017-0081-3)
  • James KL, Randall NP, Walters KFA, Haddaway NR, and Land M (2016) Evidence for the e?ects of neonicotinoids used in arable crop production on non-target organisms and concentrations of residues in relevant matrices: a systematic map protocol Environmental Evidence 5:22 (DOI 10.1186/s13750-016-0072-9)
  • Natalie Rebelo Da Silva1, Hazel Zaranyikal, Laurenz Langer, Nicola Randall, Evans Muchiri1, and Ruth Stewart (2016) Making the Most of What We Already Know: A Three-Stage Approach to Systematic Reviewing Evaluation Review early view available
  • Stuart L. Norrisa, Rod P. Blackshawe, Robert M. Dunna, Nigel R. Critchley, Kate E. Smith, John R. Williams, Nicola P. Randall, Philip J. Murray (2016) Improving above and below-ground arthropod biodiversity in maize cultivation systems Applied Soil Ecology 108 25-26
  • Hardman C, Potts S, Dicks L & Randall NP Notes (2016) Spatial targeting brings new opportunities for agri-environment schemes Living with Environmental Change Policy and Practice Notes Note No 28. March 2016
  • Katy L. James, Nicola P. Randall and Neal R. Haddaway (2015) A methodology for systematic mapping in environmental sciences Environmental Evidence 5:7
  • Ruth Stewart, Laurenz Langer, Natalie Rebelo Da Silva, Evans Muchiri, Hazel Zaranyika, Yvonne Erasmus, Nicola Randall, Shannon Rafferty, Marcel Korth, Nolizwe Madinga, Thea de Wet (2015) The Effects of Training, Innovation and New Technology on African Smallholder Farmers’ Wealth and Food Security: A Systematic Review The Campbell Library - International Development Group 11 (16) ( View this systematic review at: http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/lib/project/310/)
  • Nicola P Randall, Louise M Donnison, Paul J Lewis and Katy L James (2015) How effective are on-farm mitigation measures for delivering an improved water environment? A systematic map Environmental Evidence 4:18 (http://www.environmentalevidencejournal.org/content/4/1/18 )
  • Dicks L. V., Ahpole J.E., Danhardt J., James K., Jönsson A., Randall N., Showler D. A., Smith R. K., Turpie S., Williams D.,and Sutherland W. J. (2014) Dicks L. V., Ahpole J.E., Danhardt J., James Farmland Conservation. Evidence for the effectiveness of interventions in northern and western Europe. Pelagic Publishing
  • Ruth Stewart, Yvonne Erasmus, Hazel Zaranyika, Natalie Rebelo Da Silva, Marcel Korth, Laurenz Langer, Nicola Randall,Nolizwe Madingaa & Thea de Wet (2014) The size and nature of the evidencebase for smallholder farming in Africa: a systematic map Journal of Development Effectiveness (To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19439342.2013.877060)
  • Bayliss HR, Stewart GB, Wilcox A and Randall NP (2013) A perceived gap between invasive species research and stakeholder priorities Neobiota 19 (pp 67-82)
  • Dicks, L. V., Hodge I, Smith R.K., Scharlemann, J.P.W., Siriwardena G., Randall N.P., Smith H.G., and Sutherland W. J. (2013) A transparent Process for Evidence Informed Policy-making. Conservation Letters 7 (2) pp 119-125
  • Millingon A and Randall NP (2013) How effective are farmland interventions for reducing Faecal Indicator Organisms (FIOs) in bathing and shellfish waters (especially Escherichia Coli and Intestinal Enterococci) coming from river catchments? A Quick Scoping Review
  • Waterson A and Randall NP (2013) What impact does the alteration of timing to slurry applications have on leaching of nitrate, phosphate and bacterial pathogens? A Rapid Evidence Assessment.
  • Randall NP and James KL (2012) The effectiveness of integrated farm management, organiscfarming and agri-environment schemes as interventions for conserving farmland biodiversity - a systematic map. Environmental Evidence 1:4
  • Bayliss HR, Wilcox A, Stewart GB and Randall NP (2012) Does research information meet the needs of stakeholders? Exploring evidence selection in the global management of invasive species. Evidence and Policy 8 (1) 35-56
  • Randall NP Donnison LM and Lewis PJ (2012) How effective are slurry storage, cover or catch crops, woodland creation, controlled trafficking or break up of compacted layers, and buffer strips as on-farm mitigation measures for delivering an improved water environment? Systematic Review Protocol Environmental Evidence 1:12
  • Bayliss HR and Randall NP (2011) Perceptions of the role of research in invasive species management In Practice 72 (14-15)
Additional Information

External Roles

Chair for Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) Systematic Mapping Methods Group. More information can be found at: http://www.environmentalevidence.org/Mgroups_maps.html

Editorial Board -  Environmental Evidence Journal.

Member - Eklipse Expert Group on Knowledge Synthesis Methods http://www.eklipse-mechanism.eu/

Programme Advisory Board - Ending Hunger Sustainably. (Programme led by Cornell University, World Food Policy Centre, International Food Policy Institute, & International Institute for Rural development).

Committee Member - British Ecological Society Agro-ecology Special Interest Group

 

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