• West Mains Road, Kings Buildings, Peter Wilson Building

    EH9 3JG Edinburgh

    United Kingdom


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I am an inter-disciplinary Ecological Economist focused on how we can democratise decision-making more effectively and more radically at the 'economy-environment-democracy' nexus. I am particularly interested in value pluralism and how pluralistic approaches to valuation can facilitate more socially and ecologically just decision-making. 

I draw especially on the field of political ecology to inform my research practices and to better understand the barriers as well as opportunities for meaningful participation in environmental decision-making. A large part of this research rests in challenging technocratic approaches to environmental governance. As such, I have also developed a critical interest in the role of institutions in shaping people-nature relationships and how such institutions can change to be better able to listen to and respond to the planetary crisis. For instance, during my PhD - Living Well with Water - I explored the potential for social values to facilitate sustainability transitions from a local community level to an institutional level in the context of Flood Risk Management.

Working at the intersections of economy-environment-democracy means I am always looking to collaborate and draw upon thinking from a wide range of disciplines, from across the Environmental Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, Geography, Psychology and Anthropology. I largely focus on qualitative methods from participatory research approaches through to ethnography and arts-based methods.

Research interests

  • Value pluralism
  • Social and relational values
  • Degrowth
  • Ecological democracy
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Pluriversal design


  • Participatory research
  • Deliberative valuation
  • Social-Multi Criteria Analysis
  • Ethnographic methods
  • Arts-based methods


I am Deputy Programme Director for the MSc in Ecological Economics, lecturing on a range of courses:

  • Foundations in Ecological Economics
  • Environmental Valuation
  • Participation in Policy and Planning
  • Ecological Economics Field Methods in Research and Practice
  • Centring Racial Justice in Sustainability Transformations


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