4 January 2017
The Oxford Real Farming Conference 2017

Gathering of the UK's sustainable and organic food and farming movements

1 February 2017
11th Organic Producers' Conference

Rising to the challenge: Practical organic farming solutions for an uncertain future



30 November 2016
Easier access to information on pestcides and their effects

Important Decision from the EU Court of Justice

28 November 2016
Organic leaders call for a regulation that supports development

Market growth needs to be supported through better implementation of the organic regulation



13 April 2016
Organic farm incomes up in 2015

Organic farm profits increasing with organic dairy farming outperforming conventional

Prof. Nic Lampkin

Job title

Executive Director

Contact details

Email prefix: nic.l (add suffix @organicresearchcentre.com)
Phone: +44 (0)1488 658298 - extn. 521
Fax: +44 (0)1488 658503
Postal address: Elm Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 0HR

Academic qualifications

BSc (Hons.) Agricultural Economics (1983) University of Wales (Aberystwyth)
PhD Agricultural Economics (1994) University of Wales (Aberystwyth): Economics of conversion from conventional to organic farming systems

Main roles and responsibilities

  • Executive director
  • Policy team leader
  • Company secretary

Research interests

Economic, policy and technical aspects of organic farming systems, in particular: European organic farming policy, Organic farm incomes in England and Wales, Environmental benchmarking and sustainability assessment

External activities

  • Member of Natural England Agri-environment Stakeholders Group
  • Member of European Commission Expert Group on Technical Advice on Organic Production

Selected publications

Lampkin, NH, Pearce, BD, Leake, AR, Creissen, H, Gerrard, CL, Girling, R, Lloyd, S, Padel, S, Smith, J, Smith, LG, Vieweger, A, Wolfe, MS (2015) The role of agroecology in sustainable intensification. Report for the Land Use Policy Group. Organic Research Centre, Elm Farm and Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Strassner C, Cavoski I, Cagno RD, Kahl J, Kesse-Guyot E, Lairon D, Lampkin NH, Løes A-K, Matt D, Niggli U, Paoletti F, Pehme S, Rembiałkowska E, Schader C, Stolze M (2015) How the organic food system supports sustainable diets and translates these into practice. Frontiers Nutrition 2(19).

Schmid O, Padel S, Lampkin N, and Meredith S (2015) Organic Action Plans: A Guide for Stakeholders. IFOAM EU, Brussels, Belgium.

Lampkin, N. (2014) TIPI Action Plan for Global Organic Research. Paper at: TIPI Workshop "Practitioners’ research agenda" at the Organic World Congress, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey, October 12, 2014.

Lampkin, N, Padel S (2014) Written evidence from the Organic Research Centre to the National Assembly for Wales Inquiry into organic production and labelling of organic products.

Lampkin, N. and Girling, R. (2014) Agroecology and sustainable intensification. Poster paper presented at FAO conference on Agroecology, Rome, September 2014.

Vieweger, A; Häring, A M; Padel, S., Döring, T.F., Ekert, S, Lampkin, N., Murphy-Bokern, D and Otto, K (2014) The Evaluation of the German Programme for Organic Food and Farming Research: Results and pointers for the future. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 2, Thünen Report, No. 20, pp. 351-354.

Gerrard C, Padel S, Lampkin N (2014) English Organic Producer Survey 2013. Report 2/2014. Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Lampkin N, Gerrard C, Moakes S (2014) Long term trends in the financial performance of organic farms in England and Wales, 2006/07-2011/12. Report 1/2014, Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Moakes, S, Lampkin, N and Gerrard, C (2014) Organic farm incomes in England and Wales 2012/13. Aberystwyth University and Organic Research Centre, Aberystwyth and Newbury.

Padel S, Lampkin N (2014) Wie wird der Ökolandbau in Europa gefördert? [How is organic farming supported in Europe?] Ökologie und Landbau, 171(3):12-14.

Schader C, Lampkin N, Muller A, Stolze M (2014) The role of multi-target policy instruments in agri-environmental policy mixes. Journal of Environmental Management 145:180-190.

Moakes S, Lampkin N., Pearson N (2014) Welsh Organic Producer Survey 2013. Organic Centre Wales, Aberystwyth.

Lampkin N, Measures M, Padel S (eds.) (2014) 2014 Organic Farm Management Handbook. Organic Research Centre, Newbury. 250pp.

Smith J, Westaway S, Briggs S, Pearce B, Lampkin N. (2013) Can Agroforestry deliver production and environmental benefits in the next Rural Development Programme? Report for Natural England, 117 pp

Beck, AR; Bouilhol, M.; Ball, K.; Cabaret, J, Halberg, N, Ivanova-Peneva, S; Melby Jespersen, L; Lampkin, N; Lembo, G; Moritz, R F.A.; Ruiz, R.G.; Speiser, B and Tittarelli, F (2013) Final report on aquaculture (Part A). European Commission Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Developoment, Expert Group for Technical Advice on Organic Production - EGTOP, Brussels.

Ekert, S; Döring, T Häring, A. M.; Lampkin, N, Murphy-Bokern, D; Otto, K; Padel, S and Vieweger, A (2013) Evaluation des Bereichs Forschung und Entwicklung im Bundesprogramm Ökologischer Landbau. Paper at: 12. Wissenschaftstagung Ökologischer Landbau, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, 5. bis 8. März 2013.

Moakes, S; Lampkin, N and Gerrard, C L (2013) Organic farm incomes in England and Wales 2011/12 (OF0373). Aberystwyth University and Organic Research Centre, Aberystwyth and Newbury.

Schader, C, Lampkin, N, Christie, M, Nemecek T, Gaillard, G, Stolze, M (2013). Evaluation of cost-effectiveness of organic farming support as an agri-environmental measure at Swiss agricultural sector level. Land Use Policy 31:196-208.

Muller A, Olesen JE, Davis J, Smith L, Dytrtova K, Gattinger A, Lampkin, N, Niggli U (2012) Reducing global warming and adapting to climate change: The potential of organic agriculture. Working paper, Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (FiBL), Frick, CH.

Lampkin, N. (2011) Relevance of OECD agri-environmental measures for PES. In: Ottaviani, D. & Scialabba, N el-H (eds.) Payments for Ecosystem Services and Food Security. Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rome. pp.45-67.

Lampkin, N., Bailey, A., Lang, B., Wilson, P., Williams, A., Sandars, D., Fowler, S., Gerrard, C., Moakes, S., Mortimer, S., Nicholas, P. & Padel, S. (2011): The Potential for Extending Economic Farm-level Benchmarking to Environmental and Other Aspects of Farm Performance. Final report to Defra for Project No. DO0103. Organic Research Centre and Partners Newbury.

Lampkin, N. H., M. Measures and Padel, S. (eds.) (2011) 2011/12 Organic Farm Management Handbook. (9th edition). Organic Research Centre, Newbury.

Moakes, S. & Lampkin, N. (2011) Organic Farm Incomes in England And Wales 2009/10. Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Organic Research Centre, Aberystwyth, Newbury.

Lampkin, N.; Schmid, O.; Dabbert, S.; Michelsen, J. and Zanoli, R. (eds.) (2008) Organic action plan evaluation toolbox (ORGAPET). Final output of the ORGAP research project for the European Commission. Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK and Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, CH.

Stolze, M. & Lampkin, N. (2009) Policy for organic farming: rationale and concepts. In: Stolze, M. & Lampkin, N. (eds.) Development of Organic Farming Policy in Europe. Special Section. Food Policy 34(3):237-244.

Offermann, F. and Lampkin, N. H. (2006) Organic Farming in FADNs – Comparison Issues and Analysis. In: Rippin, M., Willer, H., Lampkin, N. and Vaughan, A. (eds.) Towards a European Information System for Organic Markets. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Frick, Switzerland. pp106-111.

Nicholas, P.K., Padel, S., Cuttle, S. P., Fowler, S. M., Hovi, M., Lampkin N.H. and R.F. Weller (2004) Organic Dairy Production - A Review. Biological Agriculture and Horticulture, 22:217-249. Lampkin, N. H. and S. Padel (eds.) (1994) The economics of organic farming - an international perspective. CAB International, Wallingford.

Robson, M. C., Fowler, S. M., Lampkin, N. H., Leifert, C., Leitch, M., Robinson, D., Watson, C. A. and Litterick, A. M. (2002) The agronomic and economic potential of break crops for ley/arable rotations in temperate organic agriculture. Advances in Agronomy, 77, 370-427.

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