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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 and the evaluation and design of agri-environmental policies.

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


  • Kuhfuss, L.; Attalla, L.; Begg, G.; Hawes, C.; Gimona, A.; Lozada-Ellison, L.; Martinat, S.; McKeen, M.; Pakeman, R.; Roberts, M.; Zuta, A. (2021) Exploring alternative agrienvironmental payment schemes for arable land in Scotland, Online report
  • Kuhfuss, L. (2021) Practical design principles for high performing agri-environmental payment mechanisms from actions to outcomes. Choice experiment with farmers: results from phase 2., Report to the OECD
  • Kuhfuss, L.; Rankumar, A. (2021) Practical design principles for high performing agri-environmental payment mechanisms from actions to outcomes. Choice experiment with farmers: pilot phase., Report to the OECD
  • Barlagne, C.; Kyle, C.; Kuhfuss, L. (2021) Consumers' preferences and perceptions of genetic diversity and health benefits of potatoes., RESAS WP2.3.2. Protecting Genetic Diversity. Deliverable O.3.6c, March 2021, 13pp.
  • 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.

  • Kuhfuss, L.; Piras, S.; Flanigan, S.; Hawes, C.; Begg, G. (2021) How to promote the collective uptake of agri-environmental schemes by farmers? A literature review., Landscape 2021 Conference: Diversity for Sustainable and Resilient Agriculture, 20-22 September 2021, online presentation.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Kuhfuss, L.; Shortall, O.; Ibiyemi, A.; Pohle, I.; Addy, S.; Gabriel, M.; Gunn, I.; McPhail, P.; Corrigan, J. (2018) Water for all: an ecosystem services approach to wetland conservation and flood risk reduction in the Lunan Water, Scotland., International Water Association 3rd Regional IWA Diffuse Pollution Conference, Chiang Mai, Thailand , 19-22 November 2018.
  • Kuhfuss, L.; Préget, R.; Thoyer, S.; de Vries, F.; Hanley, N. (2017) Nudging participation and spatial agglomeration in payment for environmental service schemes., 19th Annual Bioecon Conference, Evidence-Based Environmental Policies and the Optimal Management of Natural Resources, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, 21-22 September 2017.

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