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Professor Ian J. Bateman

OBE, FRSA, FSB

Professor of Environmental Economics, Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP)

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Ian is an environmental economist with a wider array of research interests. These revolve around the issue of ensuring sustainable wellbeing through the integration of natural and social science knowledge within decision making and policy. Particular interests lie in the fields of quantitative analysis, integrated modelling and the valuation of non-market benefits and costs. Ian was formerly the Director of the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) which is independently ranked as the No 1 European research institute in environmental and resource economics. He also and also holds Professorial and Research Fellow positions at The University of Western Australia and both the University of Lincoln and Waikato University, New Zealand. Ian holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award (awarded 2011 for five years) and is a Member of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Natural Capital Committee (NCC) reporting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Until December 2015 he was a member of (and the only economist on) the Defra Science Advisory Council (SAC) and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). Ian is also a member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Strategic Programme Advisory Group which advises NERC on its research programme, a member of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) Science Development Group , UK Country Representative and Member of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE) and a member of the Aldersgate Group linking environmental research, policy and business. 

Ian was Head of Economics for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK-NEA) and led the economics component of the second phase of the UK-NEA. Ian has been Principle Investigator (PI) of nearly 70 major research grants, including the NERC Valuing Nature Network which united over 1,200 business and policy decision makers with research experts worldwide; and the ESRC Social, Economic and Environmental Research (SEER) Large Grant. He is currently the economics lead on the ESRC Nexus Network.

Ian has been or is advisor or consultant to: Defra, DfT, DoH, NICE, OECD and numerous other bodies. He is also the Chief Editor of the leading international journal Environmental and Resource Economics. He has written over 130 peer-reviewed journal papers (citation h-score 62) and has written or edited more than a dozen books and over 100 chapters in books. He was awarded on OBE in 2013 for services to environmental science and policy and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Biology.

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Research interests

The integration of natural science and economics to enhance real world decision making; Working with policy makers and the business community to address environmental resource management issues; The formation and valuation of preferences for non-market goods and service (environment, health, etc.); Preference anomalies and behavioural economics; The application of spatial analysis and experimental techniques to integrate environmental economic modelling and valuation.

Research supervision

Ongoing research studentships:

  • Zuckerman studentship awarded for project entitled The Economics of Ecosystem Services: From Principles to Practice. Student: Tomáš Baďura.
  • ESRC Ph.D. studentship awarded for project entitled The Influence of Access and Quality of Green Spaces on Subjective Well-being and Altruism. Student: Barnaby Andrews.
  • ESRC/NERC Ph.D. studentship awarded for project entitled Contrasting the socio-economic and distributional benefits of implementing the Water Framework Directive with cost-implications for the water industry: A spatial-economic analysis. Student: Danyel Hampson.

Research students

Tomáš Baďura: The Economics of Ecosystem Services: From Principles to Practice. 

Barnaby Andrews: The Influence of Access and Quality of Green Spaces on Subjective Well-being and Altruism. 

Danyel Hampson: Contrasting the socio-economic and distributional benefits of implementing the Water Framework Directive with cost-implications for the water industry: A spatial-economic analysis. 

External impact and engagement

Current position:

  • Professor of Environmental Economics.

Awards and Fellowships

  • Awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), 2013.
  • Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award; 2011-16.
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (FRSA), 2013.
  • Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), 2014.

Membership of Government Advisory Councils and Committees

  • Member of the Science Advisory Council (SAC) for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) from 2011; renewed 31st July 2014 to 31st January 2016.
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). From 19th November 2014 to 31st October 2017.
  • Member of the UK Natural Capital Committee (NCC) reporting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer. 2011-15.

Membership of Research Council Committees

  • Member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Strategic Programme Advisory Group, 2014 onwards.
  • Member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Joint Capital Advisory Group, 2014.
  • Member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) working group on 'Sustainable intensification of agriculture', 2013-14.

Other Esteem Indicators

  • Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), University of Exeter.
  • Director of the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE); Premier cited environmental economics institution in Europe and third globally.
  • Chief Editor of the journal Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE), official journal of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics (EAERE), Highest impact factor of any European journal in the field and second globally.
  • Member of the Nominating Group for the Nobel Prize in Economics.
  •  Adjunct Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia, Perth, 2004 onwards.
  • Adjunct Professor of Economics, University of Waikato Management School, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2007 onwards.
  •  Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at AERU Agribusiness Economics Research Unit, Lincoln University, New Zealand, 2013 onwards.
  •  Appointed as UK Expert Advisor to the The Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 2016 onwards.
  • Led the REF 2014 Impact Case Study on environmental economics for the School of Environmental Sciences, UEA. This was ranked highest of the case studies submitted of which 77% were ranked as 4* (highest ranking) and the School was ranked #1 nationally in terms of research impact.
  • Member of the Woodland Trust External Conservation Advisory Board 2015 ongoing.
  • Director of Economics for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK-NEA) 2009-11 and PI of the NEA-Follow On work on The Economics of Ecosystem Services, 2011-14.
  • Economics Lead Investigator for the ESRC Nexus NetworkPlus, 2014-2017.
  • Principal Investigator of the NERC Valuing Nature Network (VNN), 2010-14.
  • Principal Investigator of the ESRC Large Grant: Social, Economic and Environmental Research (SEER), 2009-2015 (Project code: R17052).
  • Member of the Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team (VN PCT) for the NERC Valuing Nature Network (VNN), 2014-18.
  •  Assessor to the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Promotions Committee, 2012 onwards.
  • Member of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) Science Development Group, 2013 onwards.
  • Member of the Advisory Group for the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioural Science (NIBS), 2013 ongoing.
  • Member of the Expert Advisor Group of the Policy and Technical Experts Committee (PTEC) of the World Bank Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Program, 2012 ongoing.
  • Research Fellow, CIESM (The Commission Internationale pour l'Exploration Scientificque de la Mer Mediterraneè; The Mediterranean Science Commission), Monte Carlo, Monaco, 2012 ongoing.
  • Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES), 2013 ongoing.
  • UK Country Representative and Member of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), 2003 ongoing.  
  • Member of the Aldersgate Group linking environmental research, policy and business.
  • Expert Reviewer to the Defra Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Task Force regarding the impact of Chalara fraxinea on ash trees, 2013.
  • Member of the Advisory Group to the Independent Panel on Forestry (determining the future of the UK Forestry Commission) 2011-12.
  • Listed in Who’s Who and Who’s Who in the World, Debrett’s People of Today and Wikipedia.