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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.; 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.

  • Barlagne, C.; Kufhuss, L.; Potts, J.; Lagerkvist, C.J. (2021) Consumers’ preferences for coloured fleshed potatoes: a study exploring the benefits of targeted information., EAAE Seminar 175 - The Wind of Change of Sustainability Standards - Sailing Economic, Governance, and Policy Perspectives, Gargnano, Garda Lake, Italy, 13-15 May 2021.
  • Faccioli, M.; Kuhfuss, L.; Czajkowski, M. (2017) Stated preferences for conservation policies under uncertainty., Envecon 2017: Applied Environmental Economics Conference, Royal Society in London, 3 March 2017. Poster.

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