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Michela Faccioli

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Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences
Honorary Associate
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Michela is a Honorary Associate of the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences (SEGS) department. Her research is primarily based on the economic valuation of the environment, which aims to better understand the benefits that society obtains from environmental resources and the value that people put on conservation. Her Ph.D. thesis has focused on understanding, by means of the choice experiment technique, social preferences for climate change adaptation measures in a wetland natural park in Mallorca (Spain). In her research, Michela has explored whether and how the complexity, uncertainty and time-persistence of climate change effects can affect social preferences.

Current research interests

At the James Hutton Institute Michela is currently involved in the following projects:

EU-H2020 PROVIDE project: PROVIding smart DELIvery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry

This is a three-year EU project (2015-2018) which aims to identify mechanisms to enhance the provision of public goods within the agriculture and forestry sectors across Europe. In this project, Michela is working with other colleagues from the Hutton and collaborates with researchers from other 12 academic institutions in different EU countries on: exploring (“un-packing”) the notion of public goods in agriculture and forestry; the mapping and creation of an inventory of public goods and the identification of ’hotspot’ areas for policy development; the valuation of different public goods, including the exploration of value transferability options across several regions and ecosystems; the evaluation of innovative policy tools and mechanisms to meet a smart production of public goods; the creation of a framework and toolbox integrating the outcomes of all activities.

RESAS-funded research

In the framework of the 2016-2021 Scottish Government RESAS-funded research, Michela is involved in different projects, all in collaboration with colleagues at Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and all focused on the economic valuation of Scotland's environmental resources. In specific, each of these projects aims to advance knowledge on: 

  • Social preferences for peatland restoration. This reserch work is oriented to understand what are the benefits that people obtain from well conserved peatland ecosystems in Scotland in a context of climate change and what is the value that people place on maintaining resilient peatlands.       
  • Natural capital accounting. This project should aim to collate existing and new information on the economic value that Scottish people place on different market and non-market goods and services provided by a variety of ecosystems and across different sectors to better understand the environment's contribution to the wider economy and support better public and private decision-making.
  • Biodiversity offsetting. This research work aims to better understand biodiversity offsetting mechanisms and metrics and to provide evidence of the value of habitats and ecosystem services to better inform offsetting strategies.

Past research

Michela’s background is in economics with a specialization in environmental economics. After graduating at the Free University of Bolzano (Italy) in 2009, by completing the Bachelor in Economics and Management Sciences with a Major in Tourism Management, she continued her postgraduate studies by attending the international Master program in Tourism and Environmental Economics (MTEE) at the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB) in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). From 2011 to 2015, Michela has worked on her doctoral thesis on the economic valuation of the environment, which has relied on the choice experiment technique to explore social preferences for adaptation policies to avoid climate change induced environmental losses in a Mediterranean wetland. In this context, Michela has especially been focusing on exploring whether and how complex, uncertain and time-persistent environmental problems, like climate change, can challenge economic valuation and the analysis of social preferences.  

Since the beginning of her Ph.D., Michela is a member of the research group on the Economic Analysis of the Impacts of Tourism (AEIT) at the UIB. During 2014, she has also had the opportunity of working on part of her Ph.D. project at the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) in the framework of a visiting research stay.

Relevant training

Summer School in Intergenerational Equity and Efficiency under Uncertainty, Camp Reinsehlen (Germany)

Discrete Choice Modelling course, London (UK).

Relevant conferences, workshops and seminars

Envecon 2017: Applied Environmental Economics conference, London (UK) - presenter. Workshop on natural capital accounting at the local and landscape scale, Perth (Scotland) - attendance.

Internal Seminar at the James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen (Scotland) – presenter. Workshop on Experiments for Environmental Policy Formation, Stirling (Scotland) – only attendance.

Envecon 2015: Applied Environmental Economics Conference, London (UK) – presenter. 21st EAERE Annual Conference, Helsinki (Finland) – presenter. Internal seminar of the Department of Applied Economics at the University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca (Spain) – presenter.

Internal seminar of the Business School at the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen (Scotland) – presenter. MASTS Coastal Zone Forum, Annual Crieff Interdisciplinary Workshop on: “Coastal Ecosystem Management and Valuation”, Crieff (Scotland) – presenter. Choice modelling workshop, Stirling (Scotland) – presenter. 16th Annual Bioecon Conference – Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability, Cambridge (UK) – chair and presenter. Workshop in Intergenerational Equity and Efficiency under Uncertainty, Camp Reinsehlen (Germany) – presenter. 1st International Symposium on Natural Resource Management” Understanding Wetlands: A Key Issue in the Transition to a Sustainable Economy”, Palma de Mallorca (Spain) – presenter. Envecon 2014: Applied Environmental Economics Conference, London (UK) – presenter.

Celebrating and Enhancing the Tourism Knowledge-based Platform: A Tribute to Jafar Jafari, Palma de Mallorca (Spain) – only attendance. 14th International Economics Conference – only attendance.

IV Workshop on Valuation Methods in Agro-food and Environmental Economics, Barcelona (Spain) – only attendance.


  • 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.
  • Tindale, S.J.; Roberts, M.; Koseoglu, N.; Novo, P.; Kyle, C.; Byg, A.; Faccioli, M.; Komossa, F.; Schaller, L.; Slee, B.; Villanueva, A.J.; Zasada, I.; Viaggi, D. (2018) Evaluation of the co-construction research process., Report for PROVIDE (PROVIding smart DElivery of public goods by EU agriculture and forestry), Deliverable D2.5. Final Version, August 2018, 44pp.
  • Byg, A.; Faccioli, M.; Kyle, C.; Wilson, R. (2018) Factors influencing agriculture, water and biodiversity in the Ugie area, Aberdeenshire., Report published on PROVIDE and James Hutton Institute webpage, 14pp.
  • McVittie, A.; Faccioli, M. (2017) Natural capital accounts: progress report on primary valuation studies., RESAS 1.4.1c Deliverable on Primary Valuation Studies (1.4.1ci D2), 33pp.
  • Faccioli, M.; Blackstock, K.L. (2017) Review of UK natural capital initiatives., James Hutton Institute, 22pp.
  • Blackstock, K.L.; Christie, M.; Elm, M.; Faccioli, M.; Herrett, S. (2017) Understanding and using the concept of natural capital in Scottish public sector organisations., Briefing for the Round Table on Natural Capital, Edinburgh, 23 November 2017.
  • Byg, A.; Novo, P.; Faccioli, M. (2017) D1.1. Review biodiversity governance., Final Report for Hutton Webpage.
  • Faccioli, M.; McVittie, A.; Glenk, K.; Blackstock, K.L. (2016) Natural Capital Accounts: Review of available data and accounting options., Technical report - to be published on WP 1.4. website once developed.
  • Byg, A.; Faccioli, M.; Novo, P.; Martens, K. (2016) D3.2 - Report synthesizing the findings of the CSR level mapping of public good demand and supply, its underlying determinants, producers and beneficiaries., CSR Report Scotland.
  • Faccioli, M.; Creaney, R.; Novo, P.; Byg, A.; Martens, K. (2016) Unpacking the notion of public goods from agriculture and forestry in Aberdeenshire and mapping their availability: A workshop report., Report on First Local Stakeholder Workshop, Aberdeenshire, February 2016.

Teaching experience

During her Ph.D., in 2015, Michela taught a course in Environmental Economics within the framework of the Master program in Tourism and Environmental Economics at the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain).

Scholarships and grants

  • Ph.D. scholarship (Beca del Programa de Formación del Profesorado Universitario - FPU) awarded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (Spain). Duration: Dec. 2011 - Dec. 2015.
  • Financial grant for special actions of research and development, awarded by the Balearic Islands’ Government of Education, Culture and University (Spain). Duration: 2012 – 2013.
  • Research scholarship (Beca de Colaboración) awarded by the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain). Duration: Mar. 2011 – Aug. 2011.
  • Sol Meliá grant for research in tourism awarded by the Sol Meliá group (Spain). Duration: 2009 – 2010.
  • Study grant for special academic merits awarded by the Autonomous Province of Bolzano (Italy). Duration: 2007 – 2009.

Computer skills

Matlab, Nlogit, Ngene, Microsoft Office (advanced knowledge); E-Views, GAMS, Latex, Stata (basic knowledge).

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