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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Dr Aiora Zabala, BSc (Aut. Barcelona), MSc (Oxon), PhD (Cantab)

Affiliated lecturer in Environmental Policy and Economics. Her interests are in the effectiveness of implementation of environmental governance and sustainability policies, with a focus on understanding the diversity of views on controversial or conflictual issues. This includes adoption and diffusion of sustainable land-use practices, social implications of biodiversity indicators and drivers and motivations of behavioural change.

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

Recent work includes analysing acceptability of waste-to-energy facilities (with Univ. of Basque Country), barriers for sustainable aquaculture certification (with Univ. of Tokyo), use and valuation of urban green spaces and relational values.


Environmental governance, sustainability, ecological economics, Q(method)


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Teaching and Supervisions


EP02: Environmental Policy and Economics

Paper 5: Environmental Economics and Law

Affiliated Lecturer
Fellow, C-EENRG
Senior Editor, Nature Sustainability
Life member, Clare Hall College
Dr  Aiora  Zabala


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Public Policy