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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics

Studying at Cambridge

 

Dr Nikoleta Jones

Biography:

Dr Jones is a Principal Research Associate at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. Here she leads the project FIDELIO funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant (2019-2024, €1.5m) exploring social impacts of European Protected Areas. Dr Jones has worked across different institutions in the past decade including Anglia Ruskin University (Reader and Senior Lecturer in Human Geography), the Open University (Lecturer in Human Geography) and the University of Birmingham (Marie Curie Research Fellow). 

Dr Jones is an environmental social scientist and her work focuses mainly on social impacts of environmental policies and improving the levels of public acceptability for policy initiatives. In recent years, she has become increasingly interested in assessing social impacts of protected areas, focusing on their temporal and spatial dimension. Dr Jones has also done research on valuation of natural resources and environmental management of organisations.

She has expertise in analysing social data, mainly with quantitative and mixed methods techniques.

Research Interests

Protected Areas
Environmental Policy
Social impacts of restoration and rewilding
Social impact assessment
Climate change policy

Research Supervision

Dr Jones has successfully supervised to completion one PhD student and 32 postgraduate students. She is currently co-supervising seven PhD students. 

Teaching

Dr Jones has been teaching in higher education institutions since 2009. She has designed, led/co-led and delivered over 10 modules in the past decade and has significant experience  in designing on-line and blended learning material both for postgraduate and undergraduate courses.

Other Professional Activities

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Board Member of Research Network 12 (Environment & Society) of the European Sociological Association

Editoria Board member for Journal 'Forests'

Keywords

Climate Change ; Public Policy ; Sustainability

Key Publications

Jones N., Malesios C., Ioannidou E., Kanakari R., Kazoli F., Dimitrakopoulos P. (2018).  Understanding perceptions of the social impacts of Protected Areas: evidence from three NATURA 2000 sites in Greece. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 73, 80-89.

Temel A., Jones A., Jones N., Balint L. (2018). Limits of monetization in protecting ecosystem services. Conservation Biology, 32, 1048-1062

Jones N., McGinlay J., Dimitrakopoulos PG (2017) Improving social impact assessment of protected areas: A review of the literature and directions for future research. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 64, 1-7 

Skouloudis A., Jones N., Roumeliotis S., Issac D., Greig A., Evangelinos  K. (2016) Industrial pollution, spatial stigma and economic decline: the case of Asopos river basin through the lens of local small business owners. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 60 (9), 1575-1600 

Jones N, Clark JRA, Malesios C. (2015). Social capital and willingness-to-pay for coastal defences in south-east England, Ecological Economics,119, 74-82 

Jones N., Clark J.R.A. (2014). Social capital and the public acceptability of climate change adaptation policies: A case study in Romney Marsh, UK. Climatic Change, 123, 133-145 

Jones N., Clark J.R.A., Panteli M., Proikaki M., Dimitrakopoulos P.G.  (2012). Local social capital and the acceptance of Protected Area policies: An empirical study of two Ramsar river delta ecosystems in northern Greece. Journal of Environmental Management, 96 (1), 55-63 

Halkos G.E., Jones N. (2012). Modeling the effect of social factors on improving biodiversity protectionEcological Economics78, 90-99