Interests and expertise
My research focuses on solutions that tackle multiple environmental, economic and social problems at once, and identifying and mitigating the trade-offs that can arise. I focus mainly on nature-based solutions, natural capital, ecosystem services, green infrastructure, and the multiple benefits of climate adaptation and mitigation actions. My work includes developing methods of mapping and assessing land cover and natural capital, exploring land-use trade-offs and identifying evidence-based policy options that can meet climate, biodiversity and socio-economic goals. I have worked closely with Local Authorities and other stakeholders in the UK to develop and apply these methods in a way that can support decision-makers. I use a range of methods including Geographical Information Systems (GIS), spreadsheet models such as FABLE, and systematic literature reviews.
My first degree was in Natural Sciences (University of Cambridge) followed by an MSc in Exploration Geophysics. I worked for 15 years as a senior environmental consultant, specializing in climate change, transport, energy and waste management policy. I was then a freelance consultant and writer for a few years, and wrote The Climate Bonus: co-benefits of climate policy, which explores the additional benefits that society can gain through tackling climate change, including cleaner air, biodiversity protection, a more resource-efficient economy and healthier lifestyles. I joined the University of Oxford in 2014.
Addressing climate vulnerability with nature-based solutions in Bangladesh
Bangladesh, like many lower income countries, is exceptionally vulnerable to increased climate risks, exacerbated by environmental degradation and socio-economic challenges including the COVID-19 pand[...] Read more
Scaling-up nature-based solutions in the UK
There is an urgent need to develop realistic landscape-scale assessments of the implementation potentials of NbS that maximise potential synergies between climate change and biodiversity goals, manage[...] Read more
Nature-based solutions to address climate risks in the UK
We are investigating the potential of NbS to support climate change adaptation in the UK. In particular, we recently synthesized evidence on how NbS can address climate impacts, as identified by the t[...] Read more
Can nature-based solutions deliver a win-win for biodiversity and climate change adaptation?
The potential of NbS to tackle both the climate and biodiversity crises depends on whether they enhance the health of an ecosystem, including its biodiversity, the condition of its soil and water, and[...] Read more
Nature-based solutions for economic recovery in the global south
The aim of this project is to unpack the contribution of NbS to short term economic recovery potential (ERP), and how this relates to long term development gain, while framing these in a policy settin[...] Read more
Mapping the effectiveness of nature-based solutions for climate change adaptation
This systematic evidence mapping exercise consolidated the large dispersed evidence-base on the effectiveness of NbS for addressing climatic impacts. The collated evidence-base underpins the NbS evide[...] Read more