Ecological and Economic Foundations Highlights

These short videos provide a sample of each lecture, which you may then watch in full using the links provided below.

Introduction Highlights

Pavan Sukhdev

(McCluskey Fellow, Yale University)

Full Lecture
Introduction to Valuing Nature

 Pavan Sukhdev is the Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory, an environmental consulting firm which helps governments and corporations discover, value and manage their impacts on natural and human capital. He has been awarded the 2011 McCluskey Fellowship by Yale University. Earlier, he was Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative, & lead author of their “Green Economy Report”, & also Study Leader for the G8+5 commissioned project on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (“TEEB”). He was appointed to lead TEEB in 2008 by the EU Commission and Germany whilst still working full time at Deutsche Bank. A career banker, Pavan took a sabbatical from Deutsche to lead these two environmental projects for UNEP. While at Deutsche Bank, Pavan had founded and then chaired Global Markets Centre – Mumbai, a leading-edge front-office offshoring company. Pavan chairs the World Economic Forum’s “Global Agenda Council” on Biodiversity, and was a speaker at Davos in 2010 and 2011. He serves on the boards of Conservation International and the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Barker Highlights

Dr. Thomas Barker

(University of Liverpool)

Full Lecture

Biodiversity, Ecosystems, & Ecosystem Services

With a background in ecology and ecosystem dynamics, and publications on ecosystem degradation, restoration, and the basis of resilience, Tom Barker’s research currently involves sustainable management of carbon and nutrients in agricultural landscapes. He teaches, writes and advises on the steps necessary for the transition to political and economic sustainability, and has recently been appointed Director of the Liverpool Green Economics Network.   Tom is an author and co-editor of The Wetlands Handbook (Wiley) and the field workbook, Functional Assessment of Wetlands (CRC), and was a lead author of Chapter Two, TEEB, Ecological and Economic Foundations, edited by Pushpam Kumar.

Christie Highlights - 1

Dr. Michael Christie

(Aberystwyth University)

Full Lectures
Valuation Approaches & Paradigms
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Dr. Mike Christie is an environmental and natural resource economist, specializing in economic and social value of biodiversity and natural resources. He has published widely on the value of biodiversity, as well as other environmental goods. Recently much of the focus of his research has been the use of an ecosystem services approach to valuation, which includes research for Defra, as well as contributing towards TEEB and the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. He also has relevant experience of research in developing countries in terms of economic valuation and welfare / vulnerability assessments. Other areas of expertise include: outdoor recreation, tourism, agri-environment, geo-diversity.

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Dr. Thomas Elmqvist

(Stockholm University)

Full Lecture
Cost-Benefit Analysis for Ecosystem Restoration Projects
Thomas Elmqvist, PhD, is a Professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm University. His research is focused on ecosystem services, land use change, natural disturbances and components of resilience including the role of social institutions. He is coordinating  a major interdisciplinary research theme as part of the Stockholm Resilience Centre ( at Stockholm University, focussingon governance and management of ecosystem services in urban landscapes.

Dr. Elmqvistparticipated in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and was principal investigator of several multidisciplinary projects in Africa and India. He serves as associate editor for the journals Ecology and Society, Conservation and Society, Ambio and Sustainability Science. He is currently a co-chair of the Science Committee BioSustainability at Diversitas and was one of the lead authors of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity – Ecological and Economic Foundations (

Dr. Richard B. Howarth

(Pat and John Rosenwald Professor, Dartmouth College; Editor-in-Chief, Ecological Economics)

Full Lecture
The Ethics of Discounting
Rich Howarth is the Rosenwald Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College and the Editor-in-Chief of Ecological Economics. His work centers on the normative aspects of environmental governance with applications to topics such as energy use, climate change, and ecological conservation. Professor Howarth holds degrees from Cornell University (A.B., 1985), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S., 1985), and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., 1990), where his work focused on international comparisons of energy-use trends and the economics of sustainable development. Prior to his appointment at Dartmouth, he held positions at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1990-1993) and the University of California at Santa Cruz (1993-1998).

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