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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
julia.martinortega@hutton.ac.uk

The James Hutton Institute
Craigiebuckler
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK

Honorary Research Associate (Environmental/Ecological Economics)

Julia is Associate Professor of Ecological Economics at the Sustainability Research Institute of the University of Leeds and holds an honorary position as Research Associate at The James Hutton Institute since June 2015.

Julia has an interdisciplinary background in environmental sciences and economics, with an emphasis on environmental valuation and qualitative and participatory approaches. Graduated as Doctor in the University of Cordoba (Spain), Julia joined the James Hutton Institute in September 2010 where she worked as Senior Environmental Economist, after a two years research stay in the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the VU University in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and a postdoc in the Basque Centre for Climate Change (Spain).

Current research interests 

Julia’s research focuses on the relationships between society and water systems, and has a strong interdisciplinary and policy-relevance emphasis. Three main research lines guide Julia’s work:

  1. How to assess the impacts of changes in water systems on human welfare. Julia looks at the multiple values of water ecosystem services and how they can be assessed. This includes working with natural scientists to translate their understanding of biophysical processes and modelling results in terms of service delivery for the design of valuation research.
  2. How economic tools and principles can best be applied to attain sustainable water management. Julia looks to integrate outputs of hydrological modelling and stakeholder knowledge into the economic analysis of water management. Her work in this area has mostly taken place in the context of the European Water Framework Directive and in relation to Payments for Ecosystem Services in Latin America.
  3. How changes in the provision of ecosystem services compromise the capacity of communities to use and enjoy them and how communities adapt to these changes. This includes previous work on the economics of droughts and adaptation to climate change, and current work on ecosystem services-based approaches and community-based management of natural resources and scenario planning in Latin America and Africa.

Julia is further interested in education and capacity building. She has designed and facilitated several training courses on environmental economics and water management, and supervises PhD students. At the University of Leeds she teaches in sustainability and ecological economics undergraduate and master degrees.

Payment for Ecosystem Services film

Julia was a scientific advisor for this Simpleshow created by the James Hutton Institute and GRID-Arendal to help explain Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes. It has been produced as part of the James Hutton Institute - UNESCO Global Dialogue on Water Ecosystem Services and will be used to promote the concept to a wide audience.

Julia has worked on several European projects, addressing issues such as the valuation of environmental benefits of water quality (AquaMoney EU FP6 Project), the costs of drought (Xerochore EU FP7 project:); the economic analysis of measures for water management under climate change (REFRESH EU FP7 Project), and the valuation of environmental damage and its compensation (REMEDE EU FP6 Project:). Julia has provided advice in different stages of the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in Spain and has advised the Andalusian Regional Government on its water policy. In the UK, Julia has been involved in two Valuing Nature Network Projects (NERC funded) looking at the valuation of water ecosystem services of peatland restoration, and valuing the impacts of ecosystem service interaction for policy effectiveness. In Scotland, Julia led two work-packages of the Scottish Government Research Portfolio, addressing the valuation of ecosystem services and the development of ecosystem services-based approaches to water management. Julia also led a project on the Value of Water Resources in Scotland funded by the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW). The project resulted the amendment of the Water Resources (Scotland) Act in 2013.

Julia has also worked extensively in developing countries. She is part of the Pantanal Water Network (Brazil), where Julia supervises a PhD student. She participated on the EU FP7 COMET-LA Project: Community-Based Management of Environmental Challenges in Latin America. Julia also participated in the WATERS Project: Towards Equitable Resource Management Strategies in Malawi, providing scientific support to the development of ecosystem services-based approaches to community-based natural resources management and the MAJI project: More Action for Just Initiatives for Climate Change Adaptation in Southern Africa (covering Malawi Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Rwanda).

For projects from June 2015 onwards, see the Sustainability Research Institute.

Bibliography 

Selected publications

Up to June 2015, Julia had co-authored 28 ISI-indexed publications and 40 other peer reviewed and knowledge exchange products. Here is a selection of publications, see further for full list of ISI-indexed publications and other key outputs.

For publications after June 2015, check at the Sustainability Research Institute.

  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Allot, T.; Glenk, K.; Schaafsma, M. (in press) Integrating hydrological and economic knowledge to value water quality improvements from peatland restoration: evidence and challenges. Ecosystem Services
  • Schulz, C., Ioris, A., Martin-Ortega, J., & Glenk, K. (in press) Prospects for Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Brazilian Pantanal: A Scenario Analysis. Journal of Environment and Development.
  • Glenk, K.; Schaafsma, M.; Moxey, A.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Hanley, N. (in press) Valuing peatland restoration for spatially targeted ecosystem service deliveries. Ecosystem Services.
  • Glenk, K.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Potts, J.; & Pulido-Velazquez, M. (2014) Inferring attribute non-attendance from stated choice data: implications for benefit transfer. Environmental and Resource Economics; 1-24.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Ojea, E., & Roux, C. (2013) Payments for Water Ecosystem Services in Latin America: a literature review and conceptual model. Ecosystem Services, 6, 122-132.
  • Brouwer, R., & Martin-Ortega, J. 2012.  Modeling self-censoring of polluter pays protest votes in stated preference research to support resource damage estimations in environmental liability.  Resource and Energy Economics34, 151-166.
  • Martin-Ortega, J. 2012.  Economic prescriptions and policy applications in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.  Environmental Science and Policy24, 83-92.
  • Martin-Ortega, J., Brouwer, R., Ojea, E. & Berbel, J. 2012.  Benefit transfer and spatial heterogeneity of preferences for water quality improvements.  Journal of Environmental Management106, 22-29.
  • Ojea, E., Martin-Ortega, J. & Chiabai, A. 2012.  Defining and classifying ecosystem services for economic valuation: the case of forest water services.  Environmental Science and Policy19-20, 1-15.
  • Berbel, J., Martin-Ortega, J. & Mesa, P. 2011.  A cost effectiveness analysis of water saving measures for the Water Framework Directive: the case of the Guadalquivir river basin in Southern Spain.  Water Resources Management25, 623-640.
  • Martin-Ortega, J., Brouwer, R. & Aiking, H. 2011.  Application of a value based equivalency method to assess environmental damage compensation under the European Environmental Liability Directive.  Journal of Environmental Management92, 1461-1470.
  • Martin-Ortega, J., Giannocaro, G. & Berbel, J. 2011.  Environmental and resource costs under water scarcity conditions: an estimation in the context of the European Water Framework Directive.  Water Resources Management25, 1615-1633.
  • Brouwer, R.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Berbel, J. 2010 Spatial preference heterogeneity: A choice experiment. Land Economics, 86, 552-568.

 

Selection of other knowledge transfer publications

Full list of ISI-indexed publications (till September 2014)

  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Allot, T.; Glenk, K.; Schaafsma, M. (in press) Integrating hydrological and economic knowledge to value water quality improvements from peatland restoration: evidence and challenges. Ecosystem Services
  • Schulz, C., Ioris, A., Martin-Ortega, J., & Glenk, K. (in press) Prospects for Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Brazilian Pantanal: A Scenario Analysis. Journal of Environment and Development.
  • Glenk, K.; Schaafsma, M.; Moxey, A.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Hanley, N. (in press) Valuing peatland restoration for spatially targeted ecosystem service deliveries. Ecosystem Services.
  • Glenk, K.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Potts, J.; & Pulido-Velazquez, M. 2014 Inferring attribute non-attendance from stated choice data: implications for benefit transfer. Environmental and Resource Economics; 1-24.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; Ojea, E., & Roux, C. 2013. Payments for Water Ecosystem Services in Latin America: a literature review and conceptual model. Ecosystem Services, 6, 122-132.
  • Alcon, F., Martin-Ortega, J., Pedrero, F., Alarcon, J.J. & de Miguel, M.D. 2013.  Incorporating non-market benefits of reclaimed water into cost-benefit analysis: a case study of irrigated mandarin crops in southern Spain.  Water Resources Management27, 1809-1820.
  • Gomez-Limon, J.A.; Martin-Ortega, J. 2013. The economic analysis in the implementation of the water framework directive in Spain. International Journal of River Basin Management, 11, 301-310.
  • Alcon, F., Martin-Ortega, J., Berbel, J. & de Miguel, M.D. 2012.  Environmental benefits of reclaimed water: an economic assessment in the context of the Water Framework Directive.  Water Policy 14, 148-159.
  • Brouwer, R., & Martin-Ortega, J. 2012.  Modeling self-censoring of polluter pays protest votes in stated preference research to support resource damage estimations in environmental liability.  Resource and Energy Economics 34, 151-166.
  • Martin-Ortega, J. 2012.  Economic prescriptions and policy applications in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive.  Environmental Science and Policy 24, 83-92.
  • Martin-Ortega, J., Brouwer, R., Ojea, E. & Berbel, J. 2012.  Benefit transfer and spatial heterogeneity of preferences for water quality improvements.  Journal of Environmental Management 106, 22-29.
  • Martin-Ortega, J., Gonzalez-Eguino, M. & Markandya, A. 2012.  The costs of drought: the 2007-2008 case of Barcelona.  Water Policy 14, 539-560.
  • Mesa-Jurado, M.A., Martin-Ortega, J., Ruto, E. &  Berbel, J. 2012.  The economic value of guaranteed water supply for irrigation under scarcity conditions.  Agricultural Water Management  113, 10-18.
  • Ojea, E., Martin-Ortega, J. & Chiabai, A. 2012.  Defining and classifying ecosystem services for economic valuation: the case of forest water services.  Environmental Science and Policy19-20, 1-15.
  • Vinten, A.J.A., Martin-Ortega, J., Glenk, K., Booth, P., Balana, B.B., MacLeod, M., Lago, M., Moran, D. & Jones, M. 2012.  Application of the WFD cost proportionality principle to diffuse pollution mitigation: a case study for Scottish Lochs.  Journal of Environmental Management97, 28-37.
  • Berbel, J., Martin-Ortega, J. & Mesa, P. 2011.  A cost effectiveness analysis of water saving measures for the Water Framework Directive: the case of the Guadalquivir river basin in Southern Spain.  Water Resources Management25, 623-640.
  • Martin-Ortega, J., Brouwer, R. & Aiking, H. 2011.  Application of a value based equivalency method to assess environmental damage compensation under the European Environmental Liability Directive.  Journal of Environmental Management92, 1461-1470.
  • Martin-Ortega, J., Giannocaro, G. & Berbel, J. 2011.  Environmental and resource costs under water scarcity conditions: an estimation in the context of the European Water Framework Directive.  Water Resources Management25, 1615-1633.
  • Alcon, F., Pedrero, F., Martin-Ortega, J., Arcas, N; Alarcon, J.J. & de Miguel, M.D. 2010.  The non-market value of reclaimed waste water for use in agriculture: a contingent valuation approach.  Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research8, 187-196.
  • Martin-Ortega, J.; & Berbel, J. 2010. Using multicriteria analysis to explore non-market monetary values of water quality changes. Science of the Total Environment, 408, 3390-3397
  • Brouwer, R.; Martin-Ortega, J.; Berbel, J. 2010. Spatial preference heterogeneity: A choice experiment. Land Economics, 86, 552-568.

Julia’s PhD students (till June 2015)

  • Azahara Mesa-Jurado, who successfully obtained her PhD in June 2011 with the dissertation "Assessment of irrigation water and willingness to pay for improved guaranteed water supply".
  • Christopher Schulz,  submission expected in March 2016. Dissertation: “A multi-stakeholder perspective on the value of water in the Brazilian Cuiabá River Basin and in the Pantanal to inform water governance across Brazil and Scotland”

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