I am a professor of environmental and ecological economics at Aberystwyth University. My main duties include: Director of Research for the Institute of Business and Law; member of the University Research Committee, Director of the ‘Centre for Responsible Societies’ interdisciplinary research centre.
My research specialises in the economic and social valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. I have utilised a wide range of non-market valuation methods including choice experiments, contingent valuation, contingent behaviour and travel cost method. These studies have addressed a wide range of natural resource and environmental issues including, both marine and terrestrial ecosystems, water quality, biodiversity, agri-environmental schemes, recreation and tourism. Increasingly, I am focusing my research to examine the human welfare impacts of biodiversity loss in developing countries, with recent studies in Madagascar, Indonesia, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, the Solomon Islands and the Caribbean.
Recent projects have been funded by 4 of the UK Research Councils and have included NERC’s BESS (Diversity of Upland Rivers for Ecosystem Services and Sustainability- £3m), VNN (BRIDGE -£50k), and ESPA (Can capturing global ecosystem services reduce poverty - £2m) programmes, BBSRC (Value for money - £65k), AHRC (Cross-pollination - £36k), GII (Sustainable forest management - $250k), as well more applied Defra / CCW research on e.g. the ecosystem service value of the UK BAP (£250k) and SSSIs (£100k).
I have published widely in leading natural science and economic journals, books / book chapters, and research reports. I also contributed to TEEB (2010), the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2011) and the IPBES (2018) report, and current a co-chair of the IPBES 'Values' assessment.