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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Dr Jones is a visiting fellow at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge. She 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 significant expertise in analysing social data, mainly with  quantitative and mixed methods techniques. She is also interested in the analysis of data focusing on the temporal and spatial dimension.


Environmental Policy

Biodiversity conservation

Social impact assessment

Models for human behaviour prediction

Climate change policy


Key publications: 

Selected publications

Jones N., Malesios C., Kantartzis A., Dimitrakopoulos P.G. (2020) The role of location and social impacts of Protected Areas on subjective wellbeing. Environmental Research Letters, In press

Jones N., Graziano M., Dimitrakopoulos P.G. (2020) Social impacts of European Protected areas and policy recommendations. Environmental Science and Policy, 112, 134-140.

Botetzagias I., Kevrekidou M., Malesios C., Jones N. (2020) Exercising social control in PAYT (Pay-As-You-Throw) violations: The role of subjective evaluations and social capital. Waste Management, 105, 347-354.

Malesios C., Jones N., Jones A (2020) A change point analysis of food price shocks, Climate Risk Management, 27, 100208.

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 J.R.A., 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 

Teaching and Supervisions


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.

Research supervision: 

Dr Jones is currently co-supervising seven PhD students.