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Laure Kuhfuss

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Agricultural/Environmental Economist
+44 (0)1224 39 5404

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Laure Kuhfuss is a researcher in agricultural and environmental economics working in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) research group at the James Hutton Institute. She has a background in agronomy and environmental economics. Prior to joining The James Hutton Institute, she received her PhD in economics from the University of Montpellier 1 (France) in 2013 and carried out a two-year postdoc at the University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK). Her research investigates farmers’ adoption of sustainable behaviours, the evaluation and design of agri-environmental policies and the valuation of ecosystem services.

Laure is also part of the Environmental Economics and Policy group in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews, where she is involved in the Sustainable Development and Environmental Economics Msc programme.

Current research interests

General research questions:

  • Motivations and barriers to the adoption of pro-environmental practices by farmers
  • Design of Payments for Environmental Services (PES) schemes and agri-environmental policies
  • Lessons from behavioural sciences to improve agri-environmental policies
  • Spatial coordination issues in the uptake of pro-environmental practices
  • How to evaluate the effectiveness of agri-environmental schemes

This research relies on a variety of methodological tools such as:

  • Surveys (face to face, internet, focus groups)
  • Statistical / econometric analysis: discrete choice modelling, matching estimators
  • Valuation techniques, such as choice experiments and contingent valuation
  • Experimental economics

Laure’s main ongoing research projects:

  • Payments for Ecosystem Services: Lessons (PESLES): planning, developing and appraising implementation of measures and mechanisms to improve water quality and flow management (SG RESAS Programme RD1.2.4, 2016-2021)
  •  Effectiveness of Agri-Environmental and Climate Schemes in delivering multiple objectives at the landscape scale (SG RESAS Programme RD1.4.3, 2016-2021).
  • Spatial coordination and nudges in PES uptake: an experiment


  • Blackstock, K.L.; Kuhfuss, L.; Addy, S. (2020) WT15115 Final Report, Supplementary Material 2., Supplementary Excel Database containing the Extracted Data from the Rapid Evidence Assessment of the National Demonstration Test Catchment, DEFRA Science Search Repository.
  • Old, G.; Hutchins, M.; Miller, J.; Acreman, M.; Bowes, M.; Redhead, J.; Trill, E.; Blackstock, K.L.; Kuhfuss, L. (2020) Evaluation of knowledge gained from the National Demonstration Test Catchment., Final Report for Defra, WT151115, 188 pages.
  • Kuhfuss, L.; Piras, S.; Flanigan, S.; Hawes, C.; Begg, G. (2019) Pro-environmental practices among farmers at a landscape scale: why and how? An interdisciplinary review of the literature., Report for RESAS (143b, deliverable D6), Interdisciplinary Review of Existing Landscape Scale Interventions Delivering multiple Benefits, 37pp.
  • Kleeschulte, S.; Carrao, H.; Gregor, M.; Loehnertz, M.; Ayanu, Y.; Kleeschulte, I.; Fons, J.; Ubach, R.; Milego, R.; Weber, R.; Nilsson, K.; Turunen, E.; Nordregio, S.; Irvine, K.N.; Maxwell, J.; Kuhfuss, L.; Faccioli, M.; Blanco, G.G.; Garcia, I. (2018) GRETA - Green infrastructure: Enhancing biodiversity and ecosysTem services for territorial development., Inception Report, Version 05/02/2018, ESPON 2020 Cooperation Programme, 37pp.
  • Rivington, M.; Kuhfuss, L.; Roberts, M. (2018) The `Payment for Ecosystem Services? approach - relevance to climate change., Draft Report PES for CXC v9 MR , 16 April 2018, 30pp.
  • van Hulst, F.; Prager, K.; Irvine, R.J.; Rajagopalan, D.M.; Kuhfuss, L. (2017) The challenge of marginal land: efficient utilisation of the managed natural environment., Summary Report of Glensaugh Farm Event, Hutton Website, 13 September 2017, 3pp.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Kuhfuss, L.; Shortall, O.; Ibiyemi, A.; Pohle, I.; Gabriel, M.; Gunn, I.; O'Hare, M.; Olszewska, J.; Corrigan, J. (2017) Summary progress report on "Water for all project"., 4th Lunan Catchment Management Group Meeting, 24 October 2017, 10pp.

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