Looking forward:

In addition to our existing research strands, we outline areas that we are trying to build over the next couple of years:

  • Externally funded research opportunities

We are an active group in applying for external research income. We set out below just a couple of examples that were highlighted at a recent research awayday for our research group.

    • Health and development: links to energy use and environmental management.
    • Risks and shocks around energy and environmental policies.
    • Energy justice – heat map showing energy inequality resulting in health problems.
    • Impact of early life pollution exposure on health outcomes
    • Subjective wellbeing and climate change

  • Maximizing institutional leadership

We will seek to expand further on our leading roles at both school and university level, in both teaching and research. It is critically important to us to retain an active, vibrant and more engaged postgraduate community with our research objectives as outlined in the mission statement above. We are currently seeking further external funded research sources for the Arctic Research Centre and the St Andrews Sustainability Institute. Our research group is also the key contributor to our expanding and highly successful Masters programmes.

  • Building Pathways to Impact

Our research group is the most recently established group in the department. We are actively seeking to establish our impact work as our activities lend themselves well to an active knowledge exchange dimension. The global nature of our research offers significant potential for developing pathways to impact in both environmental economics and global governance. We aim to consolidate and expand in this area of impact and knowledge exchange in particular.

  • Build further connections inside and outside the School

We already work with other researchers across the school, especially with GIS and health interests. There are other connections to be explored, for example with the GOSSIP group in relation to energy and society, as well as more explicit connections with the Environmental Change Research Group in terms of historical approaches to environmental economics and governance. Looking outside the School, we see long-term connections with Earth and Environmental Sciences in relation to understanding environmental impacts as well as international relations, for example with the 3rd generation project as well as new connections with Medicine and Biology who are seeking environmental economics input into choice modelling.