Biography

I am a senior lecturer in the Natural Resources and Environment sector of the School of International Development.

From 1st August 2013 I have been Head of School.

Career History

I have been involved in tropical land management research and training since 1989. I spent three years employed at Wye College (part of Imperial College London) on research looking at the contribution of legumes to rice and maize based farming systems in Thailand and Indonesia. I then lived and worked in Madagascar for two years partly working on botanical surveys but also on community based land management projects around some of the large protected areas on the island. From 1995-1997 I was employed by the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen (KVL, now part of Copenhagen University) as an Associate Professor on an interdisciplinary research project, funded by DANIDA, looking at sustainable agriculture and livelihoods in Iringa Region in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. I joined the School of International Development at UEA in 1997.

Academic Background

Originally trained as a botanist (BSc Botany, University of Bristol 1987), I worked in botany for a couple of years before doing a MSc. in tropical soil fertility management (Imperial College, University of Kent 1988) and then a PhD in tropical agronomy looking at the use of legumes in rice and maize based systems in northeast Thailand and southern Sumatra (PhD 1993, University of London).

I have been a lecturer in the School of International Development since late 1997.

As Head of School, John's PAs are Leanne Rhodes & Esther Palin. Email: dev.pa@uea.ac.uk 

 

All Publications

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Fajardo, B. G., Hernández, M. E. O., McDonagh, J., Arteaga, G. Á., Lezama, P. M.

(2016)

Land management strategies and their implications for Mazahua farmers’ livelihoods in the Highlands of Central Mexico,

in Miscellanea Geographica

20

(2)

pp. 5-12

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


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 model,

in Journal of Environmental Management

157

pp. 303-310

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Sohi, S., McDonagh, J., Novak, J., Wu, W., Miu, L.

(2015)

Biochar Systems and System fit,

in Biochar for Environmental Management : Science, Technology and Implementation.

Routledge

pp. 735-759

ISBN 978-0-415-70415-1

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Clare, A., Barnes, A., Mcdonagh, J., Shackley, S.

(2014)

From rhetoric to reality: farmer perspectives on the economic potential of biochar in China,

in International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability

12

(4)

pp. 440-458

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


McDonagh, J., Garcia Fajardo, B., P., M. L.

(2014)

Saberes y recursos comunitarios en la estragia de mejoramiento y conservacion de suelos agricolas mazahuas,

in Patrimonio ambiental y conocimiento local : Geografia de los actores sociales.

pp. 205-239

ISBN 978-607-7588-89-4

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Mcdonagh, J., Lu, Y., Semalulu, O.

(2011)

Adoption and adaptation of soil management practices in Eastern Ugandan hillsides,

in Land Degradation & Development

23

(5)

Full Text UEA Repository

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Bunning, S., Mcdonagh, J., McGarry, D., Liniger, H., Rioux, J.

(2009)

Field manual for local level land degradation assessment in drylands part 2: tools and methods for fieldwork,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Bunning, S., Mcdonagh, J., McGarry, D., Liniger, H., Rioux, J.

(2009)

Field manual for local level land degradation assessment in drylands part 1: methodological approach, planning and analysis,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Mcdonagh, J., Lu, Y.

(2007)

Success stories in reversing land degradation and the role of UNCCD,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

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McDonagh, J., Hillyer, A. E. M., Verlinden, A.

(2006)

Land-use and legumes in northern Namibia - The value of a local classification system,

in Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment

117

(4)

pp. 251-265

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

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Mcdonagh, J., Lu, Y., Stocking, M.

(2006)

Global impacts of land degradation,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Lu, Y., Mcdonagh, J., Semalulu, O., Stocking, M., Owuor, C.

(2005)

Enhancing the impacts of research in soil management - development of practical tools in the hillsides of Eastern Uganda,

in Renewable Natural Resources Management for Mountain Communities.

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Kathmandu

ISBN 92-9115-062-2

UEA Repository

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(Published)


McDonagh, J.

(2005)

Crop-based Farming Systems and Diverse Livelihoods in Uganda,

in Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction Policies.

Routledge

pp. 215-234

ISBN 0-415-34119-1

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Mcdonagh, J., Stocking, M.

(2004)

Report by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on measures taken to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification with a particular focus on affected developing country parties in Africa,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Jensen, J., Bernhard, R., Hansen, S., Mcdonagh, J., Moberg, J., Nielsen, N., Nordbo, E.

(2003)

Productivity in maize based cropping systems under various soil–water–nutrient management strategies in a semi-arid, alfisol environment in East Africa,

in Agricultural Water Management

59

(3)

pp. 217-237

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McDonagh, J., Hillyer, A. E. M.

(2003)

Grain legumes in pearl millet systems in northern Namibia: an assessment of potential nitrogen contributions,

in Experimental Agriculture

39

(4)

pp. 349-362

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Lu, Y., Mcdonagh, J., Semalulu, O., Stocking, M., Nkalubo, S.

(2002)

Bridging research and development in soil management: matching technical options with local livelihoods,

in Sustainable Utilization of Global Soil and Water Resources, Proceedings of the 12th International Conservation Organization Conference.

Tsinghua University Press

UEA Repository

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McDonagh, J., Birch Thomsen, T., Magid, J.

(2001)

Soil organic matter decline and compositional change associated with cereal cropping in Southern Tanzania,

in Land Degradation & Development

12

(1)

pp. 13-26

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Mcdonagh, J., Hillyer, A.

(1999)

Soil fertility, legumes and livelihoods in northern Namibia,

in DFID Plant Sciences Research Programme Annual Programme Report

pp. 39-47

UEA Repository

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Birch-Thomsen, T., Boesen, J., Mcdonagh, J.

(1997)

Plant nutrient balances, resource and management constraints at household level in Iringa Region, Tanzania,

in Proceedings of the workshop on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources in Developing Countries.

The Danish Strategic Environmental Programme, Mols, Denmark

UEA Repository

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Key Research Interests

Tropical soil fertility management, sustainable farming systems; nutrient and water balance studies. Tanzania, Madagascar, Namibia, Thailand.

Research Groups: Land Resources

Research Activities

My research interests centre around land and soil management and assessment, tropical farming systems and agriculture extension service delivery. I have most recently been involved in research funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) developing online tools for the assessment of ecosystem carbon and also in DFID- funded research looking at the relevance of biochar to farming systems and livelihoods in Ghana and China. Recent work has included the development of tools and approaches for the assessment of land degradation in drylands (GEF-funded FAO LADA project).

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

Teaching Interests

In addition to my research and training interests I have taught widely in natural resources management, methods and field course modules in the school.

I am interested in supervising undergraduate and post graduate dissertation students in the broad areas of agriculture, food, natural resources management, land resources, energy.

I have supervised a number of PhD students working in my areas of interest and am keen to supervise other research students in these areas.