Paula Novo


  • West Mains Road, Kings Buildings

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom


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Research interests

I have an interdisciplinary background in agriculture, development studies and economics and policy. My research focuses on the economics and governance of natural resources with a focus on water and conservation research. I develop my research work along the following main research lines: i) enviornmental values and governance; ii) monetary and non-monetary valuation of natural resources and iii) resilience and climate change adaptation. I use a mixed methods approach combining quantitative, qualitative and participatory methods and I am increasingly interested in the use of arts-based approaches to sustainability. I have conducted empirical research in Scotland, Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Suriname, Ethiopia and more recently Myanmar.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Technical University of Madrid

Award Date: 20 Nov 2013

Master, Wageningen University & Research

Award Date: 15 Jan 2008

Bachelor, Technical University of Madrid

Award Date: 15 Oct 2007

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Research Output

Nature commodification: ‘a necessary evil’? An analysis of the views of environmental professionals on ecosystem services-based approaches

Martin-Ortega, J., Mesa-Jurado, M. A., Pineda-Vazquez, M. & Novo, P., Jun 2019, In : Ecosystem Services. 37, 11 p., 100926.

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  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)

    Exploring temporality in socio-ecological resilience through experiences of the 2015-16 El Niño across the Tropics

    Whitfield, S., Beauchamp, E., Boyd, D., Burslem, D., Byg, A., Colledge, F., Cutler, M., Didena, M., Dougill, A., Foody, G., Godbold, J., Hazenbosch, M., Hirons, M., Speranza, C., Jew, E., Lacambra, C., Mkwambisi, D., Moges, A., Morel, A., Morris, R. & 8 others, Novo, P., Rueda, M., Smith, H., Solan, M., Spencer, T., Thornton, A., Touza, J. & White, P., 1 Mar 2019, In : Global Environmental Change. 55, p. 1-14 14 p.

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    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    10 Downloads (Pure)

    A wetland ecosystem service assessment tool: development and application in a tropical peatland in Uganda

    Langan, C., Farmer, J., Rivington, M., Novo, P. & Smith, J. U., Aug 2019, In : Ecological Indicators. 103, p. 434-445 12 p.

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    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    11 Downloads (Pure)

    Effects of awareness on farmers' compliance with diffuse pollution mitigation measures: a conditional process modelling

    Okumah, M., Martin-Ortega, J. & Novo, P., 22 Aug 2018, In : Land Use Policy. 76, p. 36 - 45 10 p.

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    Open Access
  • 16 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)

    A systems model describing the impact of organic resource use on farming households in low to middle income countries

    Smith, J., Nayak, D. R., Datta, A., Nivrutti Narkhede, W., Albanito, F., Balana, B. B. B., Bandyopadhyay, S., Black, H., Boke, S., Brand, A., Byg, A., Dinato, M., Habte, M., Hallett, P. D., Lemma Argaw, T., Mekuria, W., Moges, A., Muluneh, A., Novo, P., Rivington, M. & 4 others, Tefera, T., Vanni, M., Yakob, G. & Phimster, E., Sep 2020, In : Agricultural Systems. 184, 102895.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article