Sustainable Ecosystems


The Sustainable Ecosystems Team contains a mixture of environmental economists, climate change and rural sustainability researchers.

Our work is concerned with socio-economic and ecological evaluations of environmental change, both nationally and across the globe. It applies to a wide range of terrestrial and marine habitats and related ecosystem services.

Much of our work is concerned with quantifying environmental impacts (life-cycle analysis), economic impact assessments of (policy) decisions (cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis) and improving our understanding of the choices and behaviours that people make in relation to the environment.

Our activities are influenced by the need to implement national and global action on the ground to address a wide range of environmental concerns. These include issues such as identifying ways to mitigate and adapt to climate change, to halt the decline of biodiversity, to ensure that water bodies achieve good ecological status, to protect the marine environment and to understand the attitudes and perceptions of these issues among rural and urban communities.

Team Blog


The Sustainable Ecosystems Team now have a blog to highlight research outputs, project news and recent developments.

Dr Klaus Glenk

Ecosystem Economics Team Leader

Address: Land Economy & Environment, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Peter Wilson Building, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG.

Telephone: 0131 535 4176