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Department of Economics

Environmental Economics

The Environmental Economics group is largely comprised of staff from the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), which is  a thriving interdisciplanary research group, with core economic skills combined with expertise in the natural, physical, social and data sciences. We deliver policy-focused research, outputs and tools that drive real world change, helping to solve local and global environmental challenges.

Professor Ian Bateman OBE, Professor Brett Day and Professor Ben Groom

Environmental Economics Subject Leads

Our research

Land is a vital resource, supporting both natural ecosystems and the development of sustainable economies. As populations and human activity have risen, so has the need to manage land effectively. Without doing so, we become more vulnerable to the effects of climate change (such as food security, poverty and the reduced availability of clean water). LEEP helps leaders, businesses and communities anticipate and address these issues by putting the natural environment at the heart of their decision-making.

Our cutting-edge research includes:

  • Integrated modelling of natural capital futures, applied to: woodland planting and carbon sequestration, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage, food demand and security, biodiversity net gain, connectivity, rewilding, sparing and sharing, intergenerational fairness.
  • Natural capital valuation, applied to: recreation and health, water and air pollution, natural hazards and risks, regime shifts and tipping points, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, noise and disamenity.
  • Environmental policy and mechanism design, applied to: agri-environment scheme design, food systems, biodiversity net gain, carbon sequestration, water quality.

Our impact

We work closely with research users in government and business, and have made notable impact including:

  • Supported profound shifts in UK environmental and agricultural policy
  • LEEP tools have valued £100Ms of environmental benefit flows
  • Accelerated the adoption and application of the Natural Capital Approach
  • Embedded environmental value requirements into HMT spending guidelines determining £Billions of public investment annually
  • Designed ‘Payments for Ecosystem Services’ delivering over £500M of savings

Academics in this subject theme

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Dr Ethan AddicottLecturer in Economics
Dr Timothee BacriPostdoctoral research fellow+44 (0) 033 636775063
Dr Ben BalmfordPostdoctoral Research Fellow+44 (0) 1392 722554
Professor Ian BatemanProfessor of Environmental Economics, Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) and Director of NetZeroPlus+44 (0)1392 724503
Dr Amy BinnerSenior Lecturer (LEEP)+44 (0)1392 726355
Tatiana Carolina Cantillo GarciaPostgraduate Researcher
Mingyuan ChenPostdoctoral Research Associate+44 (0) 7851492440
Jack Daniels
Professor Brett DayProfessor of Environmental Economics, Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP)+44 (0)1392 723178
Dr Neha DeopaLecturer in Economics
Thiago F. Morello R. S.Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Professor Ben GroomDragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics
Chunying GuoPostdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Muhammad HasanPostdoctoral Research Fellow
Professor Anthony HeyesDistinguished Research Professor
Ville Inkinen
Professor Alex InmanProfessor of Practice (LEEP)+44 (0)1392 723340
Dr Christopher LeeLandscape Decisions Fellow
Dr Mattia ManciniPostdoctoral Research Fellow+44 (0) 1392 726280
Dr Sarah MeierPostdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Daniele RinaldoLecturer in Economics+447938624004
Dr Aditi SamantPost Doctoral Research Associate
Dr Alessandro SilvestriPostdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr Diana TingleyProject Manager & Business Fellow
Professor Daniel Williamson+44 (0) 1392 725514