Dr John Conway

Principal Lecturer in Soil Science, Earth Sciences
John Conway

Position

Principal Lecturer in Soil Science, Earth Sciences

Qualifications

BSc (Manchester), PhD (Wales), FRGS, FGS, MNADP, FHEA, FISoilSci

Contact details

john.conway@rau.ac.uk

Tel: 01285 652531

Biography

Dr John Conway joined the academic staff at the RAU in 1983 as Principal Lecturer in Soil and Earth Systems Sciences.  He is now a member of Senior Management Group, International Advisory Group and Academic Board. John is also Programme Director for the very successful MSc in International Rural Development, which has been running for since 1999 and the MSc in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. 

John created the Disability Service in 1999 and has been Disability Officer since then, dealing with all issues around organizing support and adjustments for dyslexic and disabled students; as such he is an ex officio member of the Learning Teaching Enhancement Committee, and the Equality and Diversity Committee.

Having completed a PhD in soil science, Dr Conway's research and consultancy interests cover a wide range of environmental and soil management topics, including major studies on nitrogen losses (an eight-year project on the University's conventionally managed farm at Coates, and a six-year project on the less intensive farming experiment at Harnhill), P & K sources for organic farming and innumerable Agricultural Land Classification and Soil surveys. giving him wide experience of soil conditions across the southern half of Britain.

John originally trained in earth systems and is currently focused on research into climate change and its impacts on agriculture and land management. As such he represents the agriculture sector on the South West Climate Change Impacts Partnership, a regional body under the auspices of UKCIP and has organized conferences on Transition Agriculture.

His passion remains in geology and he is a Director of Geomon, the Anglesey Geopark which recently won UNESCO status, and has presented invited papers at several international conferences on geoconservation. He has written a field guide to Soils in North Wales and has a new book on the coastal geology of Anglesey. John is currently a partner in the bid to achieve Geopark status for the Cotswold Hills.

John is well known through the world of disability support in Higher Education with several external posts. including Chairman of the STEM Disability Committee [managed by the Royal Society]  Director of the National Association of Disability Practitioners (NADP) and is a member of the National Executive of the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE). 

University Positions

  • Member, Senior Management Group
  • Member, International Advisory Group
  • Member, Academic Board
  • Member, Ethics Committee
  • Member, Research Committee
  • Member, Learning and Teaching Enhancement Committee
  • Disability Officer
  • Member, Inclusion, Equality and Diversity Committe

External Involvements

  • Director, National Association of Disability Practitioners [NADP]
  • Member, National Executive of Association of Dyslexia Specialists in HE [ADSHE]
  • Director, GeoMon - Anglesey Geopark
  • Member, Global Geopark Coordination Committee 
  • Partner, Cotswold Hills Geopark planning group
  • Member, UK-Eire Limestone Pavement Group
  • Ex-chair, Association Welsh RIGS groups

 

Research

Research interests

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Programme Manager: MSc International Rural Development
  • Programme Manager MSc Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
  • Level 4: 1007 Soil and Environmental Science; 1132 Landscape Physical and Biological.
  • Level 6: 3064 Soil Analysis and Interpretation; 3013 Sustainable Soil and Water Management; 3202 Natural Resource Appraisal; 3203 Natural Resource Management; 3085 Climate Change; 
  • Level 7: 4040 Sustainable Soil and Water Management; 4082 Natural Resource Management; 4083 Climate Change; 4109 Natural Resource Appraisal. 

Publications

Publications

Peer reviewed publications

  • Vijaya Bhaskar AV, Davies WP, Cannon ND, Conway JS. (2014). Weed manifestation under different tillage and legume undersowing in organic wheat. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture. Volume 30, Issue 4,  Pages 253-263
  • Vijaya Bhaskar AV, Davies WP, Cannon ND, Conway JS. 2014. Soil cultivation influences on organic spring wheat performance in contrasting weather. Agronomic decision making in an uncertain climate, Aspects of Applied Biology 125, 11-19.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar, A V., Davies, W P., Cannon, N.D. and Conway, J.S. (2013).  Organic wheat performance following conventional and non-inversion tillage systems.  Biological Agriculture and Horticulture. 29 (4), 236-243.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar, A.V., Davies, W.P., Cannon N.D. and Conway, J.S. (2013).  Characterisation of soil quality following conventional and non-inversion tillage for organic farming.  Aspects of Applied Biology 121,  Rethinking Agricultural Systems in the UK, 181-185.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar, A.V., Davies, W.P., Cannon N.D. and Conway, J.S. (2013).  Tillage and undersowing effects on organic wheat yield components and yield.  Aspects of Applied Biology 121,  Rethinking Agricultural Systems in the UK, 173-180.
  • Fortune, J. S. Robinson, C. A. Watson, L. Philipps, J. S. Conway and E. A. Stockdale (2005) Response of organically managed grassland to available P and K in the soil and supplementary P and K fertilisers – field trials using grass-clover leys cut for silage.  Soil Use and Management 21, 370-376.
  • K.A. Leach, J.S. Conway, J.P. Morgan, B.F. Pain and D. Munday (2004) Encouraging farmers to utilise nitrogen more efficiently.  p520-522 in Hatch, DJ, DR Chadwick, SC Jarvis & JA Roker, [eds] Controlling nitrogen flows and losses. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Leach, K.A., Allingham, K.D., Conway, J.S., Goulding, K.W.T. and Hatch, D.J (2004) Nitrogen management for profitable farming with minimal environmental impact: the challenge for mixed farms in the Cotswold Hills, England  International Journal of Agricultural sustainability 2 21-32
  • Leach K.A., Goulding K.W.T., Hatch D.J., Conway JS. & Allingham K. (2004) Nitrogen balances over 7 years on a mixed Farm in the Cotswolds. p39-46 in Hatch, DJ, DR Chadwick, SC Jarvis & JA Roker, [eds] Controlling nitrogen flows and losses. Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Webster, CP, J  S Conway, A P Crew & K W T Goulding 2003  Nitrogen leaching losses under a  less intensive farming and environment [LIFE] integrated system.  Soil Use and Management 19, 36-44
  • Allingham, K.D., Cartwright, R., Donaghy, D., Conway, J. S. Goulding, KWT. and Jarvis, S.C (2002) Nitrate leaching losses and their controls in a mixed farm system in the Cotswold Hills, England. Soil Use & Management 19, 1-7. 

Conference papers

  • Axe, M.S., Grange, I.D., Baines, R.N. and Conway, J.S. (2013).  Carbon sequestration by agricultural hedgerows - Evidence to date and improving predictions.  BSSS Post Graduate Conference.  York.
  • Axe, M.S., Grange, I.D., Baines, R.N. and Conway, J.S. (2013). ‘Rethinking Agricultural Systems in the UK’.  Association of Applied Biologists.  St. Catherine's College, Oxford.  18-19 December.
  • Burbi, S., Baines, R.N. and Conway, J.S. (2013).  Small-scale farmers and climate change: Opportunities and barriers to community engagement.  ‘Rethinking Agricultural Systems in the UK’.  Association of Applied Biologists.  St. Catherine's College, Oxford.  18-19 December.
  • Hamilton-Webb, A., Fisher, R. and Conway, J.S. (2013).  Farmers’ experiences of flooding and attitudes and response towards climate change – a study in the county of Gloucestershire.  RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2013: New Geographical Frontiers.  28 August.
  • Moyo, H., Davies, W.P., Cannon, N.D. and Conway, J.S. (2013).  Influences of red clover/grass management on wheat performance.  Aspects of Applied Biology, 121 Rethinking agricultural systems in the UK, 143-148.
  • Moyo, H., Davies, W.P., Cannon, N.D., Conway, J.S. and Lane, G.P.F. (2013).  Influences of red clover/grass management on soil N mineralisation and crop performance.  In, Crop Resource-Use Efficiency and Field Phenotyping.  Association of Applied Biologists, Grantham.
  • Moyo, H., Davies, W.P., Cannon, N.D., Conway, J.S. and Lane, G.P.F. (2013).  Management effects of red clover leys on winter wheat yields and soil nitrogen mineralisation potential. In Proceedings, Delivering the Good: for the Consumer and Society: Organic Producers' Conference.  Birmingham.  January.
  • Rial Lovera, K., Cannon, N.D., Davies, W.P. and Conway, J.S. (2013b).  Development of a low-input farming system in the South West of England.  5th CREST Research Symposium, GuildHE, London, England.
  • Axe M, Grange I, Baines RN, Conway, JS (2012) Annual production and destination of shoots from a flailed hedge. International Symposium on Hedgerows: Hedgerow Futures.
  • Axe M, Grange I, Baines RN, Conway, JS (2012) Carbon sequestration by an agricultural hedgerows – methods and rationale. International Symposium on Hedgerows: Hedgerow Futures.
  • Axe M, Grange I, Baines RN, Conway, JS (2012)  Carbon Sequestration by Agricultural Hedgerows.  British Society for Soil Science Conference
  • Conway, J. 2012 “North Wales Soil Trails – Soils RIGS in action.”  Invited talk at “Soils, Geodiversity and Soils Educational site networks” SW England Soils Discussion Group meeting, Rothamsted Research, North Wyke 20th March.
  •  Conway, JS. 2012  “Soils in public view… what do we want them to see?”  invited talk at Welsh Soils Discussion Group, IBERS.
  • Vijaya Bhaskar AV, Davies WP, Cannon ND, Conway JS. 2012. Influence of cultivation techniques and undersown legumes on organic wheat establishment and performance – An interim report to John Oldacre Foundation.
  • Burbi, S., Conway, J.S. and Baines, R.N. (2011).  Improving livestock farmer practices and attitudes in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the farm level.  In Proceedings of the British Grassland Society, 10th Research Conference. 
  • Cannon, N.D. and Conway, J.S. (2011).  Food Security and Reduction of Carbon Footprint on Co-op Farms.  Consultancy Report.