University of St Andrews


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Nick is Professor of Environmental Economics. He previously worked at the universities of Stirling, Glasgow and Edinburgh. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and a member of DEFRA’s Economic Advisory Panel. He is co-author (with Jason Shogren and Ben White) of three textbooks in environmental economics, and leads the coastal zone forum within MASTS


  • Honorary Professor, Division of Economics, University of Stirling (2014-2017)
  • Member, Science Advisory Board, Marine Scotland (2014 onwards)
  • Director of Research, DGSD


Research Interests

Nick’s main research is in the following areas:

  • Environmental valuation, especially with stated preference methods
  • Environmental cost-benefit analysis
  • Ecological economic modelling, including modelling of tree diseases
  • The design of Payment for Ecosystem Service schemes and agri-environmental policy
  • The economics of sustainable development
  • Behavioural economics


Teaching Interests

  • Environmental economics
  • Economics of sustainable development

Postgraduate Students

  • Valeria Toledo-Gallegos
  • Ben Taylor (SOI)
  • Lucy Parsons
  • Michaela Roberts
  • Kate Wade (SOI)
  • Javed Khan (Stirling)
  • Cerian Tatchley (Stirling)
  • Caroline Griffin (Stirling)