Dr Elena Mihailescu


Currently employment:

  • Research fellow within MED-GOLD project, at the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds (co-development of climate services for olive, grape, and durum wheat stakeholders)

Previous em ployment:

  • 2016 - 2018 - Postdoc at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, P. R. China (agroecosystem health and agroecosystem services)
  • 2014 - 2015 - Teacher at Kuwait Bilingual Academy School (subjects taught: Introduction to environmental sciences, Plant cell biology, and Inorganic chemistry)
  • 2010 - 2013 - Project assistant at Teagasc, Ireland (DAIRYMAN project, nutrient management on dairy farms)
  • 2009 - Intern at Centre for Education and Development of Agriculture in Cambodia (System of Rice Intensification)
  • 2008 - Exchange scholar at Kasetsart University in Bangkok, Thailand (Interdisciplinary land use and resource management) 


E. Mihailescu, M. Bruno Soares, J. Lopez-Nevado , A. Graca, N. Fontes,  M. Teixeira, C. Monotti, M. Terrado, N. Gonzalez-Reviriego, R. Marcos, R. Arjona, A. Dell’Aquila, L. Ponti, S. Calmanti, M.  G. Sanderson, C. Giannakopoulos, E. Zamora-Rojas, S. Maglavera, A. Toreti (2019)Co-development of tailored climate services for adding value to olives, grapes and durum wheat production systems”, The 4th European Climate Change Adaptation conference, 28-31 May, Lisbon, Portugal. Available online at https://www.ecca2019.eu/co-development-of-tailored-climate-services-for-adding-value-to-olives-grapes-and-durum-wheat-production-systems/

Jha, K., K. and Mihailescu, E. (2015) “Rural Poverty in Developing Nation: A Case Study from Thai Village”, The International Journal of Rural Development and Management Studies 9(1): 93-109;

Mihailescu, E., Ryan, W., Murphy, P. N. C., Casey, I. A., and Humphreys, J. (2015) “Economic impacts of nitrogen and phosphorus use efficiency on nineteen intensive grass-based dairy farms in the South of Ireland”. Agricultural Systems 132: 121-132;

Mihailescu, E., Murphy, P. N. C., Ryan, W., Casey, I. A., and Humphreys, J. (2015) “Phosphorus balance and use efficiency on 21 intensive grass-based dairy farms in the South of Ireland”, The Journal of Agricultural Science 153 (3): 520-537;

Mihailescu, E., Murphy, P. N. C., Ryan, W., Casey, I. A., and Humphreys, J. (2014) “Nitrogen balance and use efficiency on twenty-one intensive grass-based dairy farms in the South of Ireland”, The Journal of Agricultural Science 152: 843-859;

Humphreys, J., Mihailescu, E., and Casey, I. A. (2012) “An economic comparison of systems of dairy production based on N-fertilized grass and grass-white clover grassland in a moist maritime environment”. Grass and forage science 67: 519-525.

Boland, A., Murphy, Paul, Upton, J., Mihailescu, E., Yang, M. and Humphreys, J. (2010). “DAIRYMAN-bringing together the best in knowledge and innovation”. Todays Farm 21 (4) pp. 16-17.

Mihailescu E., Murphy P., Casey I.A, and Humphreys J. (2012) “Nitrogen use efficiency on dairy farms”. In: Proceedings of the 17th international nitrogen workshop (Eds. K. G. Richards, O. Fenton, C. J. Watson), 26-29th June 2012, Wexford, Ireland, pp. 352-353;

Humphreys J., Mihailescu E., and Casey I.A (2012) “An economic comparison of dairy production on N fertilized and white clover grassland”. In: Proceedings of the 24th General meeting of the European Grassland Federation (Eds. P. GoliÅ„ski, M. Warda, P. StypiÅ„ski), 3-7th June, Lublin, Poland, pp. 774-776;

Mihailescu, E., Casey I. A., and Humphreys J. (2011) “Nitrogen and phosphorus use on dairy farms”, In: Proceedings of the Agro-Environment conference, Athlone, Ireland, 10th November 2011, pp. 29-30;

Mihailescu, E., Humphreys, J., Fitzgerald, E., Casey, I. A., Murphy, P. N. C., Boland, A., and Upton, J (2011)Dairyman project - Delivering environmental quality and prosperity by improving utilization of resources on dairy farms”, In: Proceedings of Waterford Institute of Technology Research Day, Ireland, 11-13th April 2011, pp. 92-93;

Mihailescu, E., Casey, I.A., Fitzgerald, E. and Humphreys, J. (2011) “An economic comparison of white clover based and N-fertilized grassland-based dairy systems under moist temperate climatic conditions”. In: Proceedings of the Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore Court Hotel, Ireland, 15th March, p. 144;

Humphreys, J., Boland, A., Murphy, P. N., C., Upton, J. and E. Mihailescu (2010) “Dairyman: dairy management”, In: Proceedings of FP7 Environment national information day, 6th October, Hilton Dublin airport hotel, Ireland, p.36;

Boland, A., Murphy, Paul, Upton, J., Mihailescu, E., Yang, M. and Humphreys, J. (2010) “DAIRYMAN: a collaborative project to improve resource utilisation on dairy farms in northwest Europe”. In: Agri-Environment Conference , Solohead, Tipperary, Ireland, 27th Aug, pp. 36-39.Murphy P. N. C., Mihailescu E. and Humphreys J. (2011) Regional Report on Sustainability in the Dairy Sector: Ireland. Report for the DAIRYMAN project (an INTERREG IVB project in North West Europe)

Research interests

Research interest: competitiveness and resilience of European (and, potentially, global) agriculture in relation to the impacts of climate variability and change

Research Projects:

  • March 2018 – Present - MED-GOLD (Turning climate-related information into added value for traditional MEDiterranean Grape, OLive and Durum wheat) food systems
  • 2016 - 2018 - Integrative assessment of agroecosystem health In Fujian province, China
  • 2010 - 2013 - DAIRYMAN (Improving regional prosperity through improved resource utilization on north-western European dairy farms and stakeholder cooperation)
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  • PhD, Nutrient Management, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • MSc, Agronomy, International Centre of Higher Education in Agronomic Sciences
  • MSc, Agricultural Development, University of Copenhagen

Professional memberships

  • Climate change adaptation, vulnerability and services research group

Student education

I contribute sessions to two courses on sustainable development.

I supervise master students. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Climate Change Adaptation, Vulnerability and Services