Team Leader Sustainable Ecosystems
Department of Rural Economy, Environment and Society
My research focuses on the micro analysis of consumer and household decisions. I have extensive experience in the methodological development and application of stated preference methods, in particular choice experiments, and in cost-benefit analysis applied to various policy contexts including climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity conservation, and freshwater and coastal management. A core research area in recent years has been on quantifying benefits and costs of peatland restoration (a summary of research outcomes can be found here).
Another strand of work includes investigating resource use decisions, technology choice and contract design for incentive-based land management schemes such as payments for ecosystem services (PES) of farm households in Europe and the Global South. Recent work also covers issues of demand for (food) products with sustainability and health claims.
I have been involved in research projects covering a broad range of environmental, food and land management issues within Europe (Spain, Germany, UK), in Asia (China, Indonesia, Myanmar), Sub-Saharan Africa (Kenya, Uganda) and South America (Brazil).
I have developed course materials and am co-organiser of a graduate level module on Environmental Valuation at the University of Edinburgh. I supervise 1-3 MSc theses for School of Geosciences students each year. The following results of MSc projects were published in peer-reviewed journals:
I have also lectured in the following courses:
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