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Michaela Roberts

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Environmental Economist
+44 (0)1224 395405

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


I am an environmental economist with a background in ecology. I am interested in environmental conservation, and particularly how this integrates into multi-use landscapes, and how to include the needs of varied stakeholders. I use methods such as stated preference modeling and cost-effectiveness analysis to consider available options for land management, taking account of socio-economic as well as environmental needs.

Current research interests

  • Cost-effectiveness analysis of peatland restoration in Scotland
  • Soil valuation and management
  • Urban Greenspace natural capital accounts, and opportunities and barriers for use
  • Fire risk management - FirEUrisk

Past research

Past James Hutton Institute Projects:

PROVIDE: Providing smart delivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry

University of St Andrews PhD: Environmental Conservation Across Ecosystem Boundaries: Connecting Management and Funding (2017)

I conducted cost-effectiveness analysis for control of invasive grazing species on Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands. This work involved ecological assessments of impacts of grazing on the terrestrial ecosystem, as well as the impacts on the coral reef due to increased sediment run off. I estimated costs of alternative actions, and carried out choice experiments with ecosystem users to estimate willingness to pay for controlling grazing.

Previous to my academic work I have worked for an NGO in Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands, researching the Yellow-shouldered Amazon population, including population studies, habitat, and threats. I have also worked in Tanzania and Belize.




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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.