Areas of expertise

Background

  • BSc (Hons) in Geography (2i), King's College, University of London
  • Diploma of the Associateship of King's College (A.K.C.), London
  • MSc in Agricultural Engineering (Land Resource Management), Silsoe College (awarded full NERC scholarship)
  • PhD “The use of geotextiles for soil erosion control”, Cranfield University
  • Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv).

Current activities

Professor Jane Rickson is involved in research for Government and private sector clients e.g. soil degradation and loss of ecosystem goods and services; Soil Quality Indicators - physical properties; and the total costs of soil degradation. She is also involved in the training and teaching on Masters courses in Land Reclamation and Restoration, Environmental Engineering, and Soil Management, as well as bespoke short courses on soil erosion and conservation. Consultancy activities include soil erosion and remediation in mine site rehabilitation.

Clients

Working with clients from the private and public sectors, including:

  • ADAS
  • Alcoa of Australia
  • BBSRC
  • British Council
  • CIRIA
  • City of London Authority
  • Common Fund for Commodities
  • CPRE
  • Defra
  • Environment Agency
  • EU
  • Horticulture Development Company
  • International Trade Centre
  • Marks & Spencers
  • WWF
  • Ministry of Defence
  • National Jute Board of India
  • Syngenta
  • Tribhuvan University, Nepal
  • TRL
  • UN
  • WRAP.

Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Rickson RJ, Moore M, Blackmore S, Day W, Godwin RJ, Kibblewhite MG, Miller P & Redman P (2013) Agricultural engineering: a key discipline enabling agriculture to deliver global food security. In: LandTechnik AgEng 2013: Components and Systems, Hannover, 8 November 2013.
  • Rickson RJ, Loveday & AD (2012) Can erosion control blankets (geotextiles) aid vegetation establishment in mine restoration?. In: 7th International Conference on Mine Closure 2012, Brisbane, Queensland, 25 September 2012.
  • Rickson RJ (2012) Evaluating the effectiveness of geotextiles for slope erosion control in mine restoration. In: 7th International Conference on Mine Closure 2012, Brisbane, Queensland, 25 September 2012.
  • Rickson RJ (2008) Standardisation of jute geotextiles: their applications and related regulatory issues.. In: Jute geotextiles - technical potential and commercial prospects, Kolkata, India., 4 April 2008.
  • Clarke MA, Creamer RE, Deeks LK, Gowing D, Holman, Jones R, Palmer RC, Potts S, Rickson RJ, Ritz, Thompson TRE, Truckell, Vickery J, Whalley R & Woodcock B (2008) Soil compaction in Wales. In: Welsh Soil Discussion Group Meeting, Bangor, Wales, 1 November 2008.
  • Clarke MA, Creamer RE, Deeks LK, Gowing D, Holman IP, Jones RJA, Palmer RC, Potts S, Rickson RJ, Ritz K, Thompson TRE, Truckell IG, Vickery J, Whalley R & Woodcock B (2007) Soil compaction in England and Wales : a vulnerability assessment, state-of knowledge and recommendations for future research. In: Soils - fit for purpose ? : BSSS Annual Meeting 2007, Aberystwyth, UK, 1 September 2007.
  • Jeffery S, Harris JA, Rickson RJ & Ritz K (2006) Communities exposed: an investigation of the microbiology of arable soil surfaces. In: Integrating Microbial Knowledge into Human Life: 2nd Congress of European Microbiologists, Madrid, Spain, Madrid, Spain, 1 January 2006.
  • Jeffery S, Harris JA, Rickson RJ & Ritz K (2006) The microbiology of the extreme surface of arable soils. In: International Society for Microbial Ecology 11: The Hidden Powers - Microbial Communities in Action, Vienna, Austria, 1 January 2006.
  • Morgan RPC, Collins AJ, Hann MJ & Rickson RJ (2004) A decision support system for waterway bank protection.. In: Eco-engineering conference, Thessaloniki, Greece, 1 September 2004.
  • Whitmore A, Watts C, Clarke M & Rickson RJ (2004) Critical levels of soil organic carbon in surface soils in relation to soil stability, function and infiltration. In: Eurosoil 2004, Frieburg, 4 September 2004.
  • Rickson RJ (2003) The Use of Jute Based Products as Geotextiles.. In: International Jute Symposium; JMDC/MD/Symposium-Seminar., 1 January 2003.
  • Rickson RJ (2003) The use of jute based products as geotextiles. In: International Jute Symposium, Calcutta, 1 January 2003.
  • Rickson RJ (2003) Erosion risk assessment on disturbed and reclaimed land. In: Land Reclamation: Extending the Boundaries : 7th International Conference of the International Affiliation of Land Reclamationists, Runcorn, 13 May 2003.
  • Rickson RJ (2003) Geotextiles in land reclamation: applications for erosion control and vegetation establishment. In: Land Reclamation: Extending the Boundaries : 7th International Conference of the International Affiliation of Land Reclamationists, Runcorn, 13 May 2003.
  • Rickson RJ (2002) Salient properties of erosion control geotextiles.. In: Proceedings of Conference No. 33: Adventures in erosion education. I.E.C.A., Steamboat Springs. CO., USA., 1 January 2002.

Books

  • Simmons RW & Rickson RJ (2008) Increasing rainfall and erosion.. In: Water and Food, Swedish Research Council (Formas), p. 89-96.
  • Rickson RJ (2006) Management of sediment production and prevention in river catchments: A matter of scale?. In: Soil erosion and sediment redistribution in river catchments: measurement, modelling and management in the 21st century., CAB International, p. 228-238.
  • Rickson RJ, Mc Hugh M & Morgan RPC (2005) Soil conservation. In: The encyclopedia of water, John Wiley & Sons.
  • Mc Hugh M, Clarke M, Duzant J, Morgan RPC & Rickson RJ (2005) Soil erosion and control practices. In: The encyclopedia of water, John Wiley & Sons.
  • (2004) The Future of the Mediterranean Rural Environment: Prospects for Sustainable Land Use and Management..
  • Rickson RJ & Hann MJ (2004) Applications of crop-based geotextiles.. In: Crops in construction handbook (C614), CIRIA.
  • (2003) The Future of the Mediterranean Rural Environment: Prospects for Sustainable Land Use and Management.
  • Rickson RJ (2003) Erosion risk assessment on disturbed land.. In: Land reclamation: extending the boundaries, Balkema, p. 185-192.
  • Rickson RJ (2003) Geotextiles in land reclamation: applications for erosion control and vegetation establishment.. In: Land reclamation: extending the boundaries, Balkema, p. 305-314.
  • Rickson RJ (2003) Preface - The future of the Mediterranean rural environment: prospects for sustainable land use and management. In: The future of the Mediterranean rural environment: prospects for sustainable land use and management, Elsevier Science.