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Andreas Diomedes Soteriades

PhD Title

Trade-offs in sustainable agriculture (SRUC-INRA)

PhD Supervisor

Prof Alistair Stott


I graduated in 2009 with a 5-year BSc-MSc in Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences from the National Technical University of Athens, where I built a strong background in engineering mathematics, and defended a thesis with the title “Finite Difference Schemes and Parabolic Partial Differential Equations”. My strong interest in the interdisciplinary nature of climate change was determintant to my decision to undertake an MSc in Integrated Resource Management at the University of Edinburgh (UoE) for the year 2010-2011. My dissertation, with the title “Assessing Potential Environmental Shifts under Climate Change and their Impacts on Agriculture”, involved the development of a global climate change model and its application to assess changes in crop productivity of major agricultural crops at a global level, under different IPCC SRES scenarios.

During the year 2011-2012 I worked as a visiting scientist at the Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and Sustainability (CECS), UoE, in order to further improve the global climate change model and publish the results (under preparation). I now have a joint SRUC-INRA PhD studentship for 3 years with the title “Trade-offs in Sustainable Agriculture”. I aim to develop a whole-farm model in order to identify key trade-offs between the social, economic and environmental goals of dairy farmers. The model will be initially run using data from SRUC’s Crichton Research Farm, and from a similar farm experiment held by INRA in Rennes, France. I then aim to use commercial farm data so as to test whether the same relationships exist between the socio-economic and environmental aspects of sustainability in commercial farms. Through this work I hope to identify priorities for development of future dairy farming systems that address potentially competing demands for food production and other public goods during a period of social, economic and environmental change.

My research interests include:

  • Large-scale climate change scenario-modelling
  • Scenario-modelling for global and regional food security assessments
  • Farm-scale modelling of sustainability
  • Regional/global socio-economic and environmental impact assessment of agriculture

Research Project

  • CECS: visiting scientist working on global climate change modelling of IPCC SRES scenarios in order to estimate global environmental shifts under climate change, and their impacts on global crop productivity

Selected Publications

Soteriades AD, Stott AW, Moreau S, Charroin T, Blanchard M, Liu J and Faverdin P (2016). The relationship of dairy farm eco-efficiency with intensification and self-sufficiency. Evidence from the French dairy sector using Life Cycle Analysis, Data Envelopment Analysis and Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modelling. PLOS ONE 11(11): e0166445. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166445

Soteriades AD, Faverdin P, Moreau S, Charroin T, Blanchard M and Stott AW (2016). An approach to holistically assess (dairy) farm eco-efficiency by combining life cycle analysis with data envelopment analysis models and methodologies. Animal (version of record, copyright held by Cambridge University Press)

Soteriades AD, Moreau S, Charroin T, Blanchard M, Faverdin P and Stott AW (2016). Holistically assessing dairy farm eco-efficiency by combining Life Cycle Analysis with Data Envelopment Analysis. Advances in Animal Biosciences 7:1-158 (p. 60)

Soteriades AD, Faverdin P, March M and Stott AW (2015). Improving efficiency assessments using additive data envelopment analysis models: an application to contrasting dairy farming systems. Agricultural and Food Science 24:235-248

Soteriades AD, Murray-Rust D, Trabucco A and Metzger MJ (in preparation). Understanding global climate change scenarios through bioclimate stratification.