John McDonagh

Senior Lecturer

John is a Senior Lecturer in the School of International Devlopment at UEA. His interests centre around land and soil management and assessment, tropical farming systems and agriculture extension service delivery. He was involved in the Global Environment Facility (GEF) developing online tools for the assessment of ecosystem carbon (see here) and also in DFID- funded research looking at the relevance of biochar to farming systems and livelihoods in Ghana and China. He has also been involved in the development of tools and approaches for the assessment of land degradation in drylands (GEF-funded FAO LADA project).

Much of his training and long-term research interests have been in soil fertility management in tropical cropping systems. He has worked on these topics with collaborators in Thailand, Indonesia, Namibia, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, China, Kyrgyzstan, Argentina and Tunisia.


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Wang, Y., Ma, Q., Li, Y., Sun, T., Jin, H., Zhao, C., Milne, E., Easter, M., Paustian, K., Yong, H. W. A. & McDonagh, J. (2019) Energy Consumption, Carbon Emissions and Global Warming Potential of Wolfberry Production in Jingtai Oasis, Gansu Province, ChinaEnvironmental Management. 64, 6, p. 772-782 11 p.

Wang, Y., Zhao, C., Ma, Q., Li, Y., Jing, H., Sun, T., Milne, E., Easter, M., Paustian, K., Au Yong, H. W. & McDonagh, J. (2015). Carbon benefits of wolfberry plantation on secondary saline land in Jingtai oasis, Gansu: A case study on application of the CBP modelJournal of Environmental Management. 157, p. 303-310 8 p.

Sohi, S., McDonagh, J., Novak, J., Wu, W. & Miu, L-M. (2015) Biochar Systems and System fit Biochar for Environmental Management: Science, Technology and Implementation. Lehmann, J. & Joseph, S. (eds.). 2nd Edition ed. Routledge, p. 735-759 25 p.

Clare, A., Barnes, A., Mcdonagh, J. & Shackley, S. (2014) From rhetoric to reality: farmer perspectives on the economic potential of biochar in ChinaInternational Journal of Agricultural Sustainability. 12, 4, p. 440-458