Dominic is the Founder and Chairman of Eunomia Research & Consulting.
He has worked in the environmental field for over 25 years as a campaigner, researcher and consultant during which time he has developed a reputation for pushing the boundaries of what can be done for the environment within the bounds of economic viability.
With an honours degree in physics from the University of Oxford, and a PhD on the economics of technological change from the University of Cambridge, he has undertaken a wide range of cross-disciplinary projects related to waste and resources policy for (amongst others) UK Government departments, Scottish Government, Natural Resources Wales, Environment Agency, Overseas Governments, OECD, European Commission and European Environment Agency.
His expertise spans:
- strategic, market and policy analysis with regard to waste;
- incentives in the waste management sector (landfill / incineration taxes, pay-as-you-throw / variable charging schemes, producer responsibility, deposit refunds);
- development of waste management strategies and plans;
- market-based instruments for environmental policy (including emissions trading);
- environmental fiscal reform (ecological tax reform);
- circular economy business models;
- the economics of air pollution;
- cost-benefit analysis;
- ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of policies;
- agri-environmental schemes / payments for ecosystem services;
- competitiveness analysis; and
- analysis of commodity markets.
He is most at home working on projects which demand a critical perspective, and application of novel approaches to pressing environmental issues. He works closely with Eunomia’s team of modelling experts to bring new insights and understanding to complex issues of high policy relevance.
Dominic’s recent work includes proposals for a road map towards a Circular Economy for London, studies into the potential for environmental fiscal reform in the 28 EU Member States, work for the waste industry on addressing volatility in commodity prices, the development of a pilot payments for ecosystem services project in the West of England for Defra, and work with DG Environment on the legislative proposal for the revised Circular Economy Package.
Previously, Dominic was the Associate Director at ECOTEC Research & Consulting (now Ecorys) with responsibility for the company’s work on environmental policy and economics.
As well as chairing Eunomia, Dominic is Chair of the Board of the West of England Nature Partnership, whose aim is to embed the value of the natural environment within local decision making. He also sits on the regional ESIF committee informing the allocation of EU funds at the regional level. He is Vice Chair of the Low Carbon Sector Group which supports the West of England LEP. Dominic is a CIWM Waste Ambassador and he is also a member of the technical working group developing the EMAS sectoral reference document on the Waste Management Sector. He has been technical advisor to two House of Commons inquiries into waste management.