Paula Novo


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    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

Master, Wageningen University

Bachelor, Technical University of Madrid

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Projects 2019 2022

Research Output 2016 2019

4 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

environmental assessment
ecosystem service
ecosystem services
2 Citations (Scopus)
5 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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
ecosystem response
historical perspective
2 Citations (Scopus)

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

ecosystem service
ecosystem services
6 Citations (Scopus)
1 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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
environmental management
management practice
water pollution
1 Downloads (Pure)

Treatment of organic resources before soil incorporation in semi-arid regions improves resilience to El Niño, and increases crop production and economic returns

Smith, J., Nayak, D., Albanito, F., Balana, B., Black, H., Boke, S., Brand, A., Byg, A., Dinato, M., Habte, M., Hallett, P., Lemma Argaw, T., Mekuria, W., Moges, A., Muluneh, A., Novo, P., Rivington, M., Tefera, T., Vanni, M., Yakob, G. & 1 others, Phimster, E., 26 Jul 2019, In : Environmental Research Letters. 14, 8, 085004.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Arid regions
semiarid region
crop production