With cooperation from London School of Economics, The Graduate Institute Geneva and University of Cambridge


UNEP Training Workshop
"Economics of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Building Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services into National Policy"

20-21 September 2014
Kings College, Cambridge
United Kingdom


Course Coordinators and Organisers



NICK HANLEY is Professor of Environmental Economics. He previously worked at the universities of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and a member of DEFRA's Economic Advisory Panel. He is co-author (with Jason Shogren and Ben White) of three textbooks in environmental economics. His main research interests are: Environmental valuation, especially with stated preference methods, Environmental cost-benefit analysis, Ecological economic modelling, including modelling of tree diseases, The design of Payment for Ecosystem Service schemes and agri-environmental policy ,The economics of sustainable development and Behavioural economics.






Dr PUSHPAM KUMAR is currently Chief, Ecosystem Services Economics Unit, Division of Environment Programme Implementation, UNEP where he works on mainstreaming of the ecosystem services into development policy. He has been engaged in international scientific assessment efforts on biodiversity and ecosystems and climate change. Dr Kumar was Co-coordinating Lead Author and Co-coordinator, Responses Working Group for Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment of the IPCC (Mitigation) –recipent of Nobel Piece Prize for 2007. He was also the Scientific Co-coordinator of the Conceptual Framework for the TEEB. Dr Kumar has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals of international repute. He has authored, coauthored, edited and co- edited more than ten books. Currently, he also leads GEF supported "Mainstreaming of ecosystem services into development policies (project known as 'Proecoserv'), Coordinates "Inclusive Wealth Report", "Valuation of Options" under Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Partnership and Co-Chairs the Policy and Technical Expert Committee (PTEC) of the World Bank led Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES).



Resource persons


GILES ATKINSON, Professor of Environmental Policy at London School of Economics, is an environmental economist by training, his research interests cover a number of aspects of environmental policy and appraisal. In particular, Giles has published extensively on the subject of sustainable development. Much of this research has examined how policy-makers might construct better measures of economic progress through 'green accounting', particularly comprehensive measures of (genuine) saving. An additional component of his research is the application of cost-benefit analysis particularly stated preference methods to appraise environmental (and related) policies as well as using these methods to examine the importance that the public attaches to different notions of environmental equity.




STEFANIE ENGEL is Professor of Environmental Policy and Economics at ETH Zurich's Department of Environmental Systems Science since 2006, having previously worked at the Center for Development Research in Bonn, Germany. In 2014, she was awarded an Alexander-von-Humboldt Professorship, the highest endowed international research prize in Germany, under which she will be working as Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany. Her main research foci include policy design for the governance of socio-ecological systems and the economics of ecosystem services and biodiversity. Much of her work focuses on developing countries. She has published numerous journal articles in the fields of environmental economics, development economics, and more recently behavioral economics and is co-editor of a book on policy design for avoiding deforestation and two special journal issues on payments for environmental services.


SUSANA MOURATO is an environmental economist with over 20 years of professional experience. She joined the Department of Geography and Environment at London School of Economics in 2008, having previously worked at Imperial College London. Much of her research has sought to develop, test and apply economic techniques to the valuation of a wide range of environmental, health and social impacts related to ecosystem service loss, landscape change, proximity to nature, air and water pollution, climate change, introduction of new energy technologies, and cultural heritage change.




KIRK HAMILTON is a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. Formerly Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of The World Bank, his current work focuses on the co-benefits of climate mitigation, as well as research on the links between poverty and environment, 'greening' the national accounts, and the economics of climate change. Dr. Hamilton is co-author of The Changing Wealth of Nations (World Bank 2011), World Development Report 2010 Development and Climate Change, and principal author of Where is the Wealth of Nations? (World Bank 2006). Previously senior research fellow at the UK Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment, he has researched and published extensively on growth theory and the economics of sustainable development. He also served as Assistant Director of National Accounts for the government of Canada, where his responsibilities included developing an environmental national accounting program.




JIM SALZMAN holds joint appointments at Duke University as the Samuel Fox Mordecai Professor of Law at the Law School and as the Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment. In more than seventy articles and six books, his broad-ranging scholarship has addressed topics spanning trade and environment conflicts, the history of drinking water, environmental protection in the service economy, wetlands mitigation banking, and the legal and institutional issues in creating markets for ecosystem services. He has lectured on environmental policy in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. He has served as a visiting professor at Yale, Stanford and Harvard (as the Leo Gottlieb Visiting Professor), as well as universities in Australia, Sweden, Israel, Portugal and Italy. Prior to teaching, he worked for the Fish & Wildlife Service, the OECD, and as the European Environmental Manager for Johnson Wax.



Dinner lecturers


WILLIAM SUTHERLAND is Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Cambridge. His interests include applying ecological data and models to understand conservation problems. He is especially interested in bird population ecology as well as the impacts of agriculture of biodiversity. He has recently become intrigued by understanding how decisions are made. This has involved horizon scanning to identify future issues, collation of evidence to determine which interventions are effective and then a rigorous means of weighting the evidence to guide policy and practice.





JACQUELINE McGLADE is currently Chief Scientist and ad interim Director of UNEP's Division of Early Warning and Assessment. Prior to joining UNEP as Special Advisor to the Executive Director on knowledge management and science, Professor Jacqueline McGlade was Executive Director of the European Environment Agency from 2003-2013. Before this, she was Professor in Environmental Informatics in the Department of Mathematics at University College London, Director of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Sciences of the UK Natural Environment Research Council, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick, Director of Theoretical Ecology at the FZ Jülich and Senior Scientist at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in the Federal Government of Canada. Professor McGlade has held a number of key advisory roles, including the Environment Agency for England and Wales, Trustee of the Natural History Museum, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity, International Resource Panel the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research and in various international research programmes on global systems modelling, oceanography and fisheries, governance, climate change and adaptation, indigenous knowledge.



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