University of St Andrews

Postgraduate Opportunities

Environmental Economics

For further details regarding funding, please see our Funding Opportunities page and Application guidance.

(please note: at present we do have funding for the projects listed below, so students would need to be self-funding. For further information, please contact Nick Hanley)

Applications to work on any topic in Environmental Economics are welcome, although we particularly encourage applications to work on the following topics:

Modelling invasive species and diseases


Supervisor:  Professor Nick Hanley

We are interested in undertaking further work on economic modelling of invasive species and diseases to complement our BBSRC project on forest diseases. The work could include integrated ecological-economic modelling, choice experiments or real options.

The Role of Social norms in Environmental Policy


Supervisor: Professor Nick Hanley

We have already published work on the effects of social norms on household recycling decisions. We are interested in extending this to consider the possible effects of social norms (along with morals and self-interest) in determining behaviour under environmental policy.

Re-designing agri-environmental policy


Supervisor:  Professor Nick Hanley

We are interested in the use of payments to encourage the spatial coordination of sign-ups to agri-environment schemes, but also in the use of outcome-based payments and conservation auctions.