I am an interdisciplinary researcher in sustainable development, conservation and environmental management issues with a specialisation in ecological economics. My main current research interest is in people’s values around nature. I enjoy taken a broad view of the notion of value and values, looking through the lenses of economics, ecology, ethics, psychology and spiritual practice, and have a particular interest in how social processes shape values and in ways we can integrate economic and deliberative methodologies to better incorporate shared values of nature into decision-making.
I currently work at the University of York, Environment Department as Senior Lecturer in Deliberative Ecological Economics. I have previously worked as Principal Investigator at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) where I lead the Laurence Mee Centre for Society and the Sea, and have lectured at the Universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews, Leicester and Aberdeen. Finally, I work as an independent consultant, am ordained as Interfaith Minister by the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, and enjoy landscape photography.
I have authored over 30 peer reviewed publications (H index 23, link to Google Scholar Profile). My work has received funding from European, UK, Norwegian and Finnish research councils and I currently co-lead the EU Horizon 2020 PERICLES project on maritime cultural heritage. I was a principal investigator and lead author for the second phase of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2012-2014), leading the work package on shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems. I am also a board member of the International Society for Ecological Economics and the European Society for Ecological Economics. For my cross-disciplinary research in the Solomon Islands (South Pacific) on environmental values, I have received prizes from the European Society for Ecological Economics, the Society for Conservation Biology, and the Geographical Field Group. Before moving to the UK, I worked as an environmental campaigner in the Netherlands, Iceland and elsewhere.