• Craibstone Estate, Bucksburn, SRUC, Ferguson Building

    AB21 9YA Aberdeen

    United Kingdom

1993 …2023

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8 current PhD students and 15 completed PhDs


Christine Watson is Professor of Agricultural Systems at SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College, http://www.sruc.ac.uk/). She currently holds the KSLA Wallenberg Professorship  at SLU (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences).  Christine’s research focuses on the management of micro and macro nutrients in organic and conventional agri-food systems at a range of scales from local to continental. Over the past 5 years much of her research has focused on assessing and developing legume based farming systems in Africa and Europe. Christine was President of the European Society for Agronomy (2014/2016), and President of the Association of Applied Biologists (2017/18). She is an Associate Editor of Legume Science and on the editorial board of the European Journal of Agronomy. Christine was also a member of the EIP Focus Group on Mixed Crop Livestock systems.


2021 Defra Scoping Study on the Opportunities and Barriers of Improved Forages for Livestock Sustainability and Productivity (led by NIAB) PI

2021/2022 Defra Review of opportunities for diversifying UK agriculture through investment in underutilised crops (led by NIAB) WP Lead

2020/24 H2020 SFS Multi-actor and transdisciplinary development of efficient and resilient mixed farming and agroforestry systems (MIXED) (led by Aarhus University) WP Lead.

2019/22 SusCrop ERANET Increasing productivity and sustainability of European plant protein production by closing the grain legume yield gap (LegumeGap) (led by University of Helsinki) PI

2018/22 H2020 Thematic Network Translating knowledge for legume-based farming for feed and food systems. (Legumes Translated) (Led by Thünen Institute) WP Lead

2018/2021 BBSRC Global Food Systems Sustainable economic and ecological grazing systems - learning from innovative practitioners. (Led by CEH) Co-I

2017/2021 H2020 SFS Redesigning European cropping systems based on species MIXtures (ReMIX) (Led by INRA) WP Lead

2014/2017 FACCE JPI Climate Smart Agriculture Climate Change Adaptability of cropping and Farming systems for Europe (Climate Café) (Led by INRA) WP Lead

Research interests

I am a soil scientist interested in soil and nutrient management in organic and conventional agri-food systems at a range of scales from local to continental.  Current interests include:

  • Developing "user friendly" soil health metrics
  • Integrating grain and forage legumes into farming systems
  • Optimising crop/livestock linkages for improved resource use efficiency
  • Spatial and temporal crop mixtures for efficient nutrient use

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Agriculture, University of Aberdeen

Award Date: 16 Dec 1995

Bachelor, Soil Science, University of Reading

Award Date: 7 Jul 1985

External positions

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

19 Aug 201930 Jun 2022

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

1 May 201218 Aug 2019


  • S Agriculture (General)
  • Soil science
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Cropping systems
  • Crop/livestock systems
  • Nutrient management
  • Legumes
  • Intercropping


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