Dominic 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. He has an honours degree in physics from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Wales (Swansea), and a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
At Eunomia, most of his work focuses on 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 the European Environment Agency, as well as Governments in other countries. He has also worked with a range of NGOs, including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, WWF-UK, CPRE, 38 Degrees, Common Seas and Avaaz. His insights in relation to policy are also valued by private sector clients, especially those forward thinking businesses who are keen to understand where policy may be heading, and how they should stay ahead of the curve.
Over the last decade, he has also spearheaded Eunomia’s work on developing policies and practices to reduce littering and keep plastics from entering the rivers and seas. This work has included a number of feasibility and design studies regarding deposit refund schemes for beverage containers, as well as the design of economic instruments designed to reduce the use of single-use plastics, and mechanisms to increase recycling rates of plastics, and the use of secondary materials.
His PhD, which was published in full by Macmillan, addressed the economics of technological change in agriculture. He argued that globally, agriculture was becoming locked-in to a technological trajectory which was narrowing in-situ genetic diversity, and becoming more vulnerable as a result. He used co-evolutionary concepts to describe the way in which technologies enhance their fitness within a competitive landscape. His interest in the natural environment has continued since his PhD. Dominic has reviewed taxes on fertilisers and pesticides, reviewed reverse auctioning methods to deliver agri-environmental objectives, and developed a range of policies and mechanisms designed to support the enhancement of natural capital.
He is passionate regarding the linkages between environment and health, especially insofar as this impacts on the life-chances of lower income sectors of society. He is also keen to broaden – in the UK – the movement for environmental improvement to embrace diverse ethnic groups, some of whom have more limited engagement with environmental issues.
His expertise spans:
- Environmental tax / fiscal reform;
- Strategic, market and policy analysis with regard to waste and resources;
- Circular economy strategies and business models;
- Economic instruments used in the waste management sector (landfill / incineration taxes, pay-as-you-throw / variable charging schemes, extended producer responsibility, deposit refunds, product taxes);
- Development of waste management strategies and plans;
- Market-based instruments for environmental policy (including emissions trading);
- Economic instruments to improve air quality;
- Ex-ante and ex-post evaluation of policies (including cost-benefit analysis, life-cycle assessment);
- Engaging stakeholders;
- Agri-environmental schemes / payments for ecosystem services;
- Policies to support investment in natural capital;
- Green finance (green / climate bonds, environmental impact bonds, green labelling of financial instruments);
- 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 evaluate and understand the costs and benefits of different approaches to addressing major problems.
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 has held a variety of posts, including Chair of the Board of the West of England Nature Partnership, Vice Chair of the Low Carbon Sector Group which supports the West of England LEP and Treasurer of Bristol’s Central America Week. Dominic has been a CIWM Waste Ambassador and was also a member of the technical working group developing the EMAS sectoral reference document on the Waste Management Sector. He has been a technical advisor to two House of Commons inquiries into waste management. He currently sits on the Technical Working Group (Waste) of the Climate Bonds Initiative.
He has given keynote presentations at a range of conferences on environmental matters across the globe.
Dominic used to be a very keen sportsman, playing rugby and cricket to a high standard: he would be doing what he does today were it not for the fact that he ruptured his spleen in a game of rugby thirty years ago. He was told to ‘stick to tiddly-winks’, so his main sporting activities now are cycling, swimming and walking.