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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics
environmental policy
sustainable land use


PhD (Cantab) Environmental Policy & Economics, MSc (Oxon) Environmental Policy, Postgraduate in Ecological Economics and BSc Environmental Sciences (Autonomous University of Barcelona).

Affiliated lecturer in Environmental Policy and Economics. She has published research on a range of 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.

Her expertise includes R statistical language, Q methodology, econometrics, multi-criteria decision methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and data visualisation. She trained in Economics, Environmental Sciences and Geography.


Her research agenda is centred around challenges for implementation and effectiveness of environmental and sustainability governance across scales, particularly on two areas: understanding the diversity of views on controversial or conflictual issues, and the spatial variability of impacts. This includes adoption and diffusion of sustainable land-use practices, social implications of biodiversity indicators and drivers and motivations of behavioural change.

She approaches these questions using a pluralistic methodological approach. Topics include, among others, the social and economic implications of a large wetland restoration program in South Africa, the political economy of rural livelihood change in Mexico, discourses about peatland fire solutions in Indonesia, the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in the tropical forest frontier, and multi-criteria evaluation of sustainable transport policies.

Recent work includes analysing acceptability of waste-to-energy facilities (with Univ. of Basque Country), barriers for sustainable aquaculture certification (with Univ. of Tokyo), and the sustainability of post-pandemic recovery policies.


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Teaching and Supervisions

  • EP02: Environmental Policy and Economics (module coordinator). MPhil.
  • Paper 5: Environmental Economics and Law. Undergraduate.
  • MPhil thesis supervision.
Affiliated Lecturer
Fellow, C-EENRG
Senior Editor, Nature Sustainability
Life member, Clare Hall College
Aiora Zabala portrait


Person keywords: 
Public Policy