Chris is an environmental economist and directs many of Eunomia’s projects relating to ecosystem services, green infrastructure, litter (including marine litter) and waste prevention.
He has expertise in the practical application of economic instruments to bring about positive change in a cost-effective manner, and in the use of economic techniques such as cost-benefit analysis (CBA), to appraise options. His particular focus is on measures to increase resource efficiency and advance the development of a circular economy.
Chris’s recent and current projects include:
- A study for the UN Environment Programme on the impacts of marine litter on migratory species, and the development of a methodology for the Clean Europe Network to see how examine whether measures to prevent litter entering the aquatic environment are effective.
- A payment for ecosystems services (PES) pilot research study for Defra, and a ‘proof of concept’ green infrastructure toolkit for Natural England, which compares the ecosystem services provided by woodland and grassland;
- An exploration for Zero Waste Scotland of the indirect costs of litter, including evaluating how a littered environment may affect crime and mental health;
- Identification, on behalf of UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR), of the broader economic benefits of sewerage schemes, including sustainable drainage schemes (SuDS); and
- A study for Bruxelles Environnement which reviewed the ability of economic instruments to bring about waste prevention.
Chris joined Eunomia in January 2009, following completion of PhD research into socio-economic constraints on the development of renewable energy in the UK. Much of this research focused on supply-side constraints facing perennial bioenergy feedstock crops. His work was critical of UK Government Bioenergy Policy, and challenged Government assumptions relating to future uptake of energy crops, and was referenced in a supporting study to the UK Government’s Gallagher Review of the indirect effects of biofuels production.
Prior to this, Chris undertook a Masters degree in environmental economics focused on the accuracy of ex ante regulatory cost estimates.