Research strands

Our group includes two complementary research strands, united by our mission statement. This provides us with significant opportunities for investigating detailed research questions around environmental economics and governance.  

Environmental economics and policy (McLaughlin, Borger, Kufuss, Braun, McCauley)

  • Environmental valuation (Choice modelling + Q methodology)
  • Design of Payment for Ecosystem Service schemes
  • Long-run sustainable development indicators
  • Quantitative economic history
  • Invasive species

Governance, planning, management and law (McCauley, Stojanovic, Warren, Brown)

  • Energy justice
  • Energy and environmental policy analysis, including historical perspectives
  • Arctic issues
  • Marine planning and Coastal management


A core strength of our research group is the development of research methodology specialisms for investigating the areas outlined in our mission statement. Unique to our group are the following four key approaches:

  • Choice experiments
  • Game theory and experimental economics
  • Q-methodology
  • Historical Institutionalism

Crosscutting themes

We benefit from a range of key crossovers in terms of both content and methodology. These connections have led to several research grant applications throughout 2017 from members of the group. We currently work with two crosscutting themes in our research:

  • Environmental valuation of energy systems, especially in coastal and marine areas

The development of energy infrastructure offers a unique opportunity for investigating environmental impacts and how they are valued. We have been working on a choice experiment attached to a Q-methodology phase of research as potentially innovative interdisciplinary approach to assessing the impacts of infrastructure development and energy.

  • Historical perspectives on environmental valuation and policy processes

We benefit from existing strengths in quantitatively assessing the long-term environmental costs of societal trends. This approach is combined in our research group with similar, but qualitative, methods of assessing change in environmental and energy policies. This allows us to bring a unique perspective on change over time in the field of environmental economics and governance.