My interests span ecology, geography, economics and social science in the context of environmental issues, nature-society relations and the science-policy interface. I have recently completed my doctoral studies in Environment Economics and Environmental Management at the University of York where my research focused on the theories and applications of ecosystem services, approached particularly from a social-ecological and systems perspective, and mainly in relation to science-policy and management-relevant environmental interventions – specifically incentive-based management strategies such as payments for ecosystem services and agri-environment schemes.
I would therefore describe myself in that “fuzziest” of fuzzy ways as an interdisciplinary researcher: particularly because although I have transitioned to the world of environmental sustainability I also have a background in biology, biochemistry and molecular biology. My new role in CECAN will be to bring all that broad diversity of influences together to evaluate the effectiveness of environmental policy relating to UK agriculture and marine protected areas. I am looking forward to the challenge, to engaging in cross-disciplinary collaborations, and learning new policy evaluation techniques. Most of all I am looking forward to working with the whole CECAN team! Anything else you should know? Well, I “play” the violin, “sing” classical music, enjoy listening to Radio 4, buy far too many books and find it difficult to eat only one portion of cake per day!