Academic profile


Aiora is Departmental Fellow at the Department, which she joined again in 2020. Her research is focused on environment and sustainability governance, and particularly on the challenges for implementation and effectiveness.
She's Lecturer in Economics (Assistant Professor) at The Open University since 2022.
Between 2017 and 2021 she was full-time Senior Editor at Nature Sustainability (which she helped launch). In 2015 she created the C-EENRG Working Paper Series and edited them until 2017.





She has taught environmental policy, economics and methods since 2013, including EP02, Paper 5 and Paper 1, research methodologies at the Social Sciences Research Methods Programme (formerly SSRMC), at Geography and at Bioinformatics. Other topics taught have included modelling of ecosystem services and data visualisation.


Research interests


 Research focused on challenges for implementation and effectiveness of environment (and climate) policy across scales, particularly in understanding the diversity of views on controversial or conflictual issues, and the spatial variability of impacts. This has included adoption and diffusion of sustainable land-use practices, social implications of biodiversity indicators and drivers and motivations of behavioural change. Among other current projects, she is working on the socio-environmental implications of digital innovation.

Her methods' expertise includes R statistical language, Q methodology, econometrics, multi-criteria decision methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data visualisation.

She has published research on a range of sustainability policies, such as environmental and conservation programs in rural areas in Mexico and South Africa, deforestation drivers at large scales, peatland fires in Indonesia, and public policy for sustainable transport to industrial estates.




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Current PhD Students

Callum Woolley

Stephen Zhao (The Open University)




Environment, sustainability, economics, public policy


Research Centres