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Professor Ian Bateman

Professor Ian Bateman

Professor of Environmental Sciences,

School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia


Biography:

While it is human economic activity which has resulted in the major global environmental problems facing present and (to a greater extent) future generations, it is clear that reform of that economic activity provides the only viable solution to such problems. Ian Bateman's interests lie in attempting to achieve this reform by bringing the environment into everyday decision making whether at the highest level, by informing government policy, or at the supermarket checkout by ensuring that prices reflect the true resource costs of production. Much of his research therefore seeks to value the true cost of pollution and the true worth of environmental improvements.

He is the Director of the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE). Based at the University of East Anglia, CSERGE is a leading interdisciplinary research centre in the field of sustainable development and decision making. Recently completed research projects include: ChREAM (land use); AQUAMONEY (water quality); VERHI (impacts on child health).

Keywords

  • the formation and valuation of preferences for non-market goods and services
  • interdisciplinary assessment and economic valuation of natural capital and the ecosystem services it provides to society
  • land use change and its consequences
  • working with policy and decision makers in the public and business sectors to address real world natural capital issues and their impact upon society
  • the true cost of pollution and the true worth of environmental improvements
  • ecosystem service valuation