Dr Yiorgos Gadanakis
Programme director of the Agricultural Business Management degree (since September 2017)
Director of the Farm Management Unit (FMU), School of Agriculture, Policy and Development. (Since June 2016)
Areas of interest
An indicative list of topics of particular research interest include:
- Sustainable intensification of farming systems
- Management of natural resources (i.e. irrigation efficiency and soil management)
- Agricultural financial management
- Spatial differences and their impact in farm productivity and efficiency
- Farm planning and control
- Innovation in agriculture
- Developing sustainable food value chains.
Dr Yiorgos Gadanakis' research falls under the categories of Agricultural Economics, Agri-Business management and Environmental Economics and agricultural policy. He has considerable expertise in the design and execution of farm production efficiency and productivity research studies both in the UK and in low/middle income countries.
Methodologically his research relies on econometric and linear programming (optimisation) methods (Data Envelopment Analysis, Stochastic Frontier Analysis, Mathematical programming and optimisation models). His most recent research focuses on Sustainable Intensification of Agricultural Systems in the UK, measures of Total Factor Productivity, Innovation and Technical Efficiency of farming systems.
Current PhD students:
George Vittis - PhD research topic: "Spatial Planning and Rural Development for a Sustainable Agricultural Sector" Supervisors: Associate Professor Simon Mortimer and Dr Yiorgos Gadanakis
Konstantinos Iliakis - PhD research topic: "Decomposing sustainable capacity change at farm level or arable farming systems considering the short and long-term impact of changes" Supervisors: Professor Julian Park and Dr Yiorgos Gadanakis
Samal Kalyeva - PhD research topic: "The design and implementation of a rural support policy for the development of small dairy household farms in Kazakhstan" Supervisors: Associate Professor Simon Mortimer and Dr Yiorgos Gadanakis
- British Agriculture in Practice (AP108)
- Agricultural Field Study tour (AP2A20)
- Introduction to Management (AP1SB1)Business Management (AP2SB2)
I am responsible for delivering the lectures of the Business Planning and Control (AP3A82) module and I am also actively engaged into the Farm Business Management (AP2A64) module.
Current Research Projects:
H2020 - RECAP: Personalised Public Services in Support of the Implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy.
The RECAP project aims to develop improved remote monitoring of CAP obligations and to supplement the in-field inspections procedures eliminating several of the burdens. Furthermore, RECAP will offer farmers a tool supporting them to comply with regulations imposed by the CAP, providing personalised information for simplifying the interpretation of complex regulations, and early alerts on potential non-conformities. RECAP will allow agricultural consultants to access data available in the platform, subject to security and privacy policies, and to develop their own services within the platform using design tools, libraries, and communication with the database under an open approach.
Completed Research Projects:
Rural Business Research Funding: Innovation, productivity and financial performance in UK agriculture: How far can secondary data go in the development of a composite indicator of a farm level agricultural innovation?
This study seeks to understand and quantify the role of innovation in a more holistic sense, in driving change in farm productivity. Within this overarching goal are a number of sub-objectives: (i) by a review of the literature, map the variables (i.e. management actions) that might reasonably be identified as innovation, or increasing the likelihood of innovation; (ii) classify these variables as either innovation in management or technical change; (iii) make recommendations for the future collection of alternative Farm Business Survey indicators to address deficiencies in the coverage of innovation.
FP7 - SUSTAINMED: Sustainable agri-food systems and rural development in the Mediterranean Partner Countries
The overall objective of the SUSTAINMED project has been to examine and assess the impacts of EU and national agricultural, rural, environmental, and trade policies in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region, namely in so-called Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs) as well as in Turkey. The impacts to be analysed were very diverse, including socio-economic structural changes, employment and migrations trends, income distribution and poverty alleviation, resource management, trade liberalisation, as well as commercial relations with major trading partners (in particular the EU), and competitiveness in international markets. The rationale for such a wide research agenda was the realization that trade liberalization alone, which has been the linchpin of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation for decades, will not be sufficient to promote sustainable development in the Mediterranean region.
Greek Ministry of Rural Development and Food: Ex-post and ex-ante evaluation of rural development and regional plans strengthening innovation capacity and sustainability in the agricultural sector
Interreg - INNOVA - Establishing common models of integrated sustainable monitoring, planning, and management of high environmental value areas to control natural resources degradation" Research topic "Lefka Ori, the Greek case study"
The Project objective was to achieve joint management of the environment in the Mediterranean eco-region. By the creation of a consultation table between the relevant Public Administrations (Institutional Network) and the Scientific Institutions (Scientific Network), common Guidelines and an Indicators' Handbook were developed to achieve monitoring, planning and sustainable management in Protected Areas in the Mediterranean eco-region. An innovative web-based platform (INNOVA Platform) was implemented to support the effective management of protected areas and to collect requests and opinions from end-users. The Pilot Project activities, consisting of the implementation of the PASEM (Protected Areas Sustainability Evaluation Monitoring), as well as proposing site-relevant sustainability indicators, were implemented in pilot areas. The results of surveys, management effectiveness evaluation, selected indicators, and best practices were collected in the Case Study Report and disseminated.
FP6 - TRADEAG: Agricultural Trade Agreements:
The ultimate aim of the TRADEAG project was to provide economic analyses to policymakers involved in trade negotiations and agricultural policy design. Specifically, the objectives addressed by the various work packages (WPs) included the delivery of conceptual and empirical tools to:
- Understand the main drivers towards regionalisation and monitor the evolution of regional integration processes;
- Assess the degree of openness, trade restrictiveness, and protection of the EU, in comparison to other developed countries;
- Analyse the problems raised by the articulation of preferential agreements with multilateral negotiations and with future agreements under discussion;
- Quantify the effect of trade agreements on trade flows and on the agricultural sector of an enlarged Union;
- Provide objective analysis of the particular issue of trade with developing countries, including non- tariff barriers and tariff escalation;
- Provide an assessment of the nature of the various 'generations' of the European Union agreements, their depth integration, and their efficiency in reaching trade, welfare and, when relevant, development objectives.
BackgroundDr Yiorgos Gadanakis is an experienced analyst, proficient in data management, analysis and interpretation. His research focuses on the analysis of agricultural production systems in terms of technical and economic efficiency incorporating the relationship between the environment and agriculture. His recent work on sustainable intensification and water use efficiency aims to improve the management of farm businesses and to reduce the environmental pressures generated at farm level. In addition, he has been engaged with a range of EU-funded research programmes and has specialised in model development using both quantitative and qualitative analysis to attribute monetary values to certain aspects of sustainability. Previous projects include agricultural policy evaluations with a focus on sustainability of farming systems at a national and EU level.
- Iakovidis, D. , Gadanakis, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-7441-970X , Park, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-3430-9052 (2023) Farmer and adviser perspectives on business planning and control in Mediterranean agriculture: evidence from Argolida, Greece. Agriculture , 13 (2). ISSN: 2077-0472 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agriculture13020450
- Iakovidis, D. , Gadanakis, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-7441-970X , Park, J. (2022) Farm-level sustainability assessment in Mediterranean environments: enhancing decision-making to improve business sustainability. Environmental and Sustainability Indicators , 15 ISSN: 2665-9727 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.indic.2022.100187
- Vittis, Y. , Gadanakis, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-7441-970X , Mortimer, S. (2021) Optimising the spatial and production input features to improve efficiency of hill farms production systems. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems , 5 ISSN: 2571-581X | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2021.730614
- Pavlenko, T. , Paraforos, D. , Fenrich, D. , Braun, S. , Murdoch, A. , Tranter, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-0702-6505 , Gadanakis, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-7441-970X , Arnoult, M. , Engel, T. (2021) Increasing adoption of precision agriculture via gamification: the farming simulator case. Precision agriculture ’21. Precision agriculture ’21 pp. 803-810. ISBN: 9789086869169 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-916-9_96
- Kaliyeva, S. , Jose Areal, F. , Gadanakis, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-7441-970X (2021) Would Kazakh citizens support a milk co-operative system?. Agriculture , 11 (7). ISSN: 2077-0472 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agriculture11070642
- Rampa, A. , Gadanakis, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-7441-970X , Rose, G. (2020) Land reform in the era of global warming – can land reforms help agriculture be climate-smart?. Land , 9 (12). ISSN: 2073-445X | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/land9120471
- Kaliyeva, S. , Areal, F. , Gadanakis, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-7441-970X (2020) Attitudes of Kazakh rural households towards joining and creating cooperatives. Agriculture , 10 (11). ISSN: 2077-0472 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/agriculture10110568
- Gadanakis, Y. , Stefani, G. , Lombardi, G. , Tiberti, M. (2020) The impact of financial leverage on farm technical efficiency during periods of price instability. Agricultural Finance Review , 80 (1). pp. 1-21. ISSN: 0002-1466 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/AFR-09-2018-0080
- Silong, A. and Gadanakis, Y. (2020) Credit sources, access and factors influencing credit demand among rural livestock farmers in Nigeria. Agricultural Finance Review , 80 (1). pp. 68-90. ISSN: 0002-1466 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/AFR-10-2018-0090
- Gadanakis, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-7441-970X and Areal, F. (2020) Accounting for rainfall and the length of growing season in technical efficiency analysis. Operational Research , 20 pp. 2583-2608. ISSN: 1109-2858 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12351-018-0429-7
- Archer, M. , Taylor, N. , Hanks, J. , Gadanakis, Y. (2019) An analysis of recovery probability from high somatic cell counts in UK dairy cows. Veterinary Evidence , 4 (4). ISSN: 2396-9776 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.18849/ve.v4i4.205
- Zoccali, D. and Gadanakis, Y. (2019) A qualitative analysis of innovation adoption in the olive oil extraction process. International Journal of Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Business Models , 4 (1). pp. 38-56. ISSN: 2379-7509 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.4018/IJFBMBM.2019010103
- Gadanakis, Y. and Areal, F. (2018) Measuring the impact of extreme weather phenomena on total factor productivity of General Cropping farms in East Anglia. International Journal of Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Business Models , 3 (1). pp. 1-22. ISSN: 2379-7509
- Firbank, L. , Attwood, S. , Eory, V. , Gadanakis, Y. , Lynch, J. , Sonnino, R. , Takahashi, T. (2018) Grand challenges in sustainable intensification and ecosystem services. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems , 2 ISSN: 2571-581X | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2018.00007
- Vittis, G. , Gadanakis, Y. , Mortimer, S. (2017) Drivers of production performance and profitability of the livestock sector in the less favoured areas of England: the impact of distance, financial dependency and machinery. Aspects of Applied Biology (136). pp. 287-297. ISSN: 0265-1491 (Issue 'Sustainable Intensification')
- Iliakis, K. , Gadanakis, Y. , Park, J. (2017) Technology gaps and leaps in the sustainable development of English cereal and general cropping farms. AgEcon Search research in agricultural and applied economics
- Sabbatini, V. , Gadanakis, Y. , Areal, F. (2016) Variation on the effects of the 2003 CAP reform and regional differences in the Italian olive oil sector. International Journal of Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Business Models , 1 (1). pp. 48-60. ISSN: 2379-7495 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.4018/IJFBMBM.2016010105
- Gadanakis, Y. (2015) The sustainable intensification of farming systems: evaluating agricultural productivity, technical and economic efficiency.
- Gadanakis, Y. , Bennett, R. , Park, J. , Areal, F. (2015) Improving productivity and water use efficiency: a case study of farms in England. Agricultural Water Management , 160 pp. 22-32. ISSN: 0378-3774 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2015.06.020
- Gadanakis, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-7441-970X , Bennett, R. , Park, J. , Areal, F. (2015) Evaluating the sustainable intensification of arable farms. Journal of Environmental Management , 150 pp. 288-298. ISSN: 0301-4797 | doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.10.005
- Pediaditi, K. , Gadanakis, Y. , Belean, C. , Nyktas, P. , Meramveliotakis, Y. , Dermanakis, N. (2008) The Greek pilot project: Lefka Ori National Park, Crete. Planning and Sustainable Management of Coastal Zones and High Environmental Value Areas. Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari pp. 143-148.
- Belean, C. , Pediaditi, K. , Gadanakis, Y. , Nyktas, P. , Meramveliotakis, Y. , Dermanakis, N. (2008) Indicators to monitor protected area sustainability: the INNOVA indicator handbook. In: Pace, F. and Di Terlizzi, B. , (eds.) Planning and Sustainable Management of Coastal Zones and High Environmental Value Areas. Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari pp. 93-102.
- Gadanakis, Y. , Baourakis, G. , Clapan, C. (2007) Measuring the impacts of distortions in the European Union cotton sector: a partial equilibrium analysis using the ATPSM model framework. AgEcon
- Gadanakis, Y. , Baourakis, G. , Clapan, C. , Drakos, P. (2006) The olive oil and cotton lint sectors in the European Union.