Workshop Coordinators

Unai Pascual (BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change) / Workshop Coordinator

Prof. Unai Pascual is Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) and Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge (since 2003). Unai Pascual an ecological economist with 20 year experience bridging the social and natural sciences for understanding complex social-ecological systems.
He is member of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, IPBES.
His main research focuses on the interconnectedness between global environmental change and economic development paying special attention to the evolutionary role of institutions, markets and environmental governance across scales. He has conducted research projects in many countries around the world, including Europe, the USA and in developing countries such as Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, India, Ethiopia and Malawi.
He has an active role as advisor to international environmental policy bodies, including the European Commission, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (UN-FAO). Currently, he is an elected member to the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and member of the scientific committee of ecoSERVICES within Future Earth. In the recent past, he has been a member of the agroBIODIVERSITY scientific committee of Diversitas International, and twice elected to the European Board of the European Society of Ecological Economists (ESEE).
He has been a Coordinating Lead Author for the Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative and has also been involved in the Millennium Assessment exercises in the UK (UKNEA) and Japan.
Prof. Unai Pascual’s work appears in more than 150 research outputs including books, conference proceedings, etc. as well as peer reviewed journal articles including in Science, PNAS, Ecological Economics, Environment and Development Economics, Global Environmental Change, AMBIO, Environmental Science and Policy, Land Economics, Land Use Policy, Environmental Conservation, Conservation Biology, World Development, etc. He also serves in various editorial boards, including Global Environmental Change and Environment and Development Economics.
Prof. Pascual has worked as lecturer and senior lecturer in various universities in Europe (Cambridge, Manchester, York, Barcelona, Bilbao) and Latin America (Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia) and visited universities in the USA and Mexico.

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Kai Chan (University of British Columbia) / Workshop Coordinator

I am a Canada Research Chair (tier 2) and associate professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at University of British Columbia. I am an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton and Stanford Universities. I strive to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder (‘better’ including considerations of justice). Towards this end, I do modeling and empirical research to improve the management and governance of social-ecological systems. I have special interest in ecosystem services (ES; while recognizing and working on the concept’s limitations), including cumulative impacts and risks to ES; the evolutionary ecology of pest control; applied environmental ethics; ecosystem-based management; social-ecological systems and resilience; and connecting these ecosystem-oriented efforts to environmental assessment (e.g., LCA).

History: Before UBC, I was a postdoctoral fellow with Gretchen Daily and Paul Ehrlich at the Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) at Stanford University. My research there had two major components: countryside biogeography (the study of biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes) and conservation planning/finance (the design of conservation tools). I was a Ph.D. student under Simon Levin at Princeton University, where I studied the process of diversification, and collaborated with Brian Moore. I was also a policy fellow, and did ethics research with Peter Singer. In 2012, I was the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara, hosted at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management by Steve Gaines and Ben Halpern.

Advocacy and Leadership: Our responsibilities to current and future persons and the natural world call for us all to be social and environmental advocates and activists. At Princeton, I coordinated Greening Princeton; at Stanford, I co-coordinated (to improve the use of science in policy); and I am now a director on the board of the BC chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program; for three years I was also a columnist at the Vancouver Metro (Eco-Minded). In 2014, I organized a letter signed by 300 scientists to rebuke the shoddy use of science in the review of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Panel (see here and here). Now I am working with others on a bold vision to start a ‘social-ecological movement for sustainability‘, which we call Co-Sphere for a Community of Small Planet Heroes (ecologically restoring economies), whose purpose is to provide a vehicle for organizations and individuals to take responsibility for and mitigate their impacts on ecosystems and people (through ecosystem services). I am currently a member (and working group leader) of the Global Young Academy and a fellow of the Leopold Leadership Program.

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Bill Adams (University of Cambridge)

Head of Department, and Moran Chair of Conservation and Development, Department of Geography

I am a Geographer, and hold the Moran Chair of Conservation and Development. My research addresses the synergies and tensions between development and conservation, and especially the notion that development might be ‘sustainable’.  I am particularly interested in how conservationists think, and how conservation organizations operate.  I approach these questions from the perspectives of political ecology and environmental history.  My current projects include: 1) the institutional politics of large-scale conservation and restoration; and 2) the implications for conservation of ideas of naturalness and novelty, especially in the context of advances in synthetic biology.  I am also working on a fourth edition of my book Green Development: environment and sustainability in a developing world (Routledge, 2009).

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Patricia Balvanera (UNAM,Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)

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Dr. Patricia Balvanera is a professor at the National University of Mexico. Her work aims to understand the links between biodiversity and human well-being. Her research has explored the role of biodiversity in regulating the supply of ecosystem services. Her team has contributed to tools for assessing the spatial patterns of ecosystem service supply.

Dr. Balvanera has been exploring how management modifies the way biodiversity is maintained and the ability of ecosystems to supply a suite of services to society. Her work includes the analysis of the different ecological and societal conditions that modify the way people manage ecosystems and how this leads to different sets of tradeoffs among ecosystem services. She has also been exploring how to account for the role of culture and intangible dimensions of well-being into management and policy design.  Her research encompasses field work in a managed tropical dry landscape, analyses of spatially explicit information at regional to global scales, development of conceptual and methodological frameworks and meta-analyses of published data. Her work draws from a background in basic and applied ecology as well as from a large network of collaborators in ecology, social anthropology, political sciences, economy and philosophy.

She is member of the scientific committee of PECS, GEO-BON-Ecosystem Services, and the Mexican Ecosistemas network. She is associate editor of Ecosystem Services, Ecology and Society, Journal of Plant Ecology and the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. She is a member of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program.

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Brigitte Baptiste (Instituto de Investigación de Recursos Biológicos Alexander von Humboldt)

Brigitte is currently director of the Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute , an expert on environmental issues and biodiversity in Colombia.
Baptiste is a biologist at the Javeriana University , where he graduated with a thesis on the ecology of fisheries in Araracuara, Amazonas. Between 1992 and 1994 a master ‘s degree in tropical conservation and development in Gainesville, University of Florida , thanks to a grant from the Fulbright Commission . His thesis focused on forest management by rural communities in Boyacá Colombian Andes . In 2001 and 2002, as an intern Rusell Train (WWF), advanced additional graduate studies in Environmental Sciences (Ecological Economy and management of natural resources) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona . He developed additional studies at U of San Carlos of Guatemala and CATIE (1989) and the U of Merida (Venezuela) on issues of management of protected tasks and tropical ecology, and biodiversity monitoring in the Smithsonian Institute in Shenandoha National Park (USA).

As director of the Humboldt Institute, Baptiste represents the scientific authority of Colombia to the CITES (Convention on International Wildlife Trade) and the SBSTTA (Subsidiary Body of Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice) of the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) and recently, with the new Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). and it serves as a member of its Global Panel of 25 experts (MEP) on behalf of Latin America and the Caribbean (2015- 2017). Co-chairs working group on indigenous and local knowledge, and tools and methodologies Policy. He is also a member of the Science Policy Advisory Committe of the IAI (Inter – American Initiative for Global Environmental Change) and as a member of the scientific committee of the overall program PECS (Ecosystem Change and Society). Prior to his position as director, coordinated Baptiste Use Program and Assessment Biodiversity (1995-2000) and the Scientific Office of the Institute (2009-2011) and was a professor and researcher at the Javeriana University on two occasions (1989-1995 and 2003-2009) on issues of Landscape Ecology and History of ecology.

Besides his work in Humboldt, Baptiste has had a long career in academia. He taught at the Javeriana University for over fifteen years, working issues such as environmental management policies, conservation of rural landscapes and ecology of complex systems. As a biology student, he founded with other colleagues the Ecological Group Gea (1982).

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Peter Bridgewater (Australian National University )

Peter Bridgewater is currently Chair, UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee; Visiting Professor, Beijing Forestry University and Visiting Professor, Institute of Advanced Studies United Nations University,Yokohama.
Previously Secretary General Ramsar Convention on wetlands, Director Division of Ecological Sciences, UNESCO, Chief Science Adviser Environment Australia; Director Australian national Parks and Wildlife Service, Director Bureau of Flora and Fauna, Senior Lecturer Ecosystem Management, Murdoch university, Lecturer, Botany, Monash University.

Joint Recipient, with the 6-member Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme, for the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord 2001
Doctor of Resource Management (honoris causa) University of New England, 1997 Awarded, jointly with the Chair of the Uluru – Kata Tjuta National Park Board of Management, for excellence in managing a World Heritage cultural landscape, the UNESCO Picasso Gold Medal, 1995

Member, International Model Forest Programme Advisory Council (2007 -)
Member, International Steering Committee for the International Mechanism for Scientific Expertise
on Biodiversity (IMOSEB). (2005- 2008)
Trustee, Parks Forum (2003 -)
Member, Board of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2000 – 2005)
Member, Science and Technology Advisory Panel to the Global Environment Facility. (1998 -2000)
Commissioner, Parks & Wildlife Commission, Northern Territory (1997-99)
Chair, Inter-government Coordinating Council for the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme
Commissioner, Independent World Commission on the Oceans (1995-98)
Chairman, International Whaling Commission (1995-1997; Vice Chair 1992 – 1994)

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Joji Cariño (Forest Peoples)

Director, Forest Peoples Programme

Joji Cariño began work as an activist and analyst of indigenous peoples’ issues in her native Philippines, focusing on dams projects in the Cordillera region. Over 25 years she has worked as an active campaigner and advocate of indigenous peoples’ human rights at community, national and international levels.

She was Executive Secretary of the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests and served as Commissioner on the World Commission on Dams, which conducted a global review of the development effectiveness of dams. She is Policy Advisor and European Desk Coordinator of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples International Centre for Policy, Research and Education), and Director of the Forest Peoples Programme.

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Sandra Diaz (National University of Cordoba)

Sandra Díaz is Professor of Community and Ecosystems Ecology at Córdoba National University (Argentina) and Senior Principal Researcher of the Argentine National Research Council. Since 2009 she was elected Foreign Associate Member of the USA National Academy of Sciences. She has won several prizes such as the Argentine Botanical Society Award (1998), the J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship (2002), the Cozzarelli Prize of the USA National Academy of Sciences (2008), the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America (2009), the Zayed International Prize for the Environment as a member of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005), and the Peace Nobel Prize 2007 as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She obtained her PhD in 1989 at Córdoba National University. From 1991 to 1993 she worked as a postdoc at the Unit of Comparative Plant Ecology, University of Sheffield. Since her return to Argentina in 1993, she has combined research and teaching at her permanent location with active involvement in foreign universities and international research initiatives. She has been a senior research fellow at Stanford University and a visiting full professor at the University J. Fourier in Grenoble. She has lead international projects, workshops and research and synthesis initiatives involving several countries in the Americas, Europe, Oceania, Africa and Asia, including the organization of several large-scale plant trait databases and comparative efforts. She has participated in leading positions in IPCC and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in the areas of ecosystems and biodiversity. At present she is a member of the Science Committee of DIVERSTIAS and the IGBP Global Land Project. She is one of the Chief Editors of the Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science.

Professor Díaz is known for her work on plant functional traits, their interactions with global environmental change drivers and their effects on ecosystem processes, reflected in more than 100 scientific publications. Recently she has had a strong influence in the development and practical implementation of the concept of functional diversity and how affects ecosystem properties and the benefits that people derive from them. From an initial focus on plant trait responses to climate and land use, her scientific interests have ramified into the causes of different components of functional diversity, their effects on ecosystem properties, and their implications for different sectors of society. As a consequence of this broadening focus, she has founded and leads the international initiative Núcleo DiverSus on Diversity and Sustainability Research.

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Eneko Garmendia (Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science)

Eneko Garmendia holds a PhD in in Ecological Economics and Natural Resource Management and is an Ikerbasque Research Fellow at BC3. He has over ten years of research experience in developing and applying participatory integrated assessment frameworks for natural resource management and the management of socio-ecological conflicts. During these years he has worked at the University of Cambridge; Sustainable Research Institute and the Autonomous University of Barcelona, among others. Currently he is working to better understand the environmental justice implications of valuation approaches and market based instruments, as well as, to unravel the impact of Northern open economies on the Global South. With this aim he combines methodological approaches from political ecology and ecological economics, e.g. multi-criteria evaluations and the study of social metabolism, at both local and transnational level.

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Rachelle Gould (University of Vermont)

Rachelle Gould is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work involves social science, ecology, and the humanities. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and has worked in Chile, Bhutan, Hawaii, and the mainland U.S. Her research explores the relationship between people and ecosystems from a variety of angles, with two main areas of focus: (1) the nonmaterial benefits people receive from nature (e.g., Cultural Ecosystem Services), and (2) lifelong and life-wide environmental education. She completed her PhD in 2013 in Stanford University’s Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources; her dissertation focused on ecological restoration and Cultural Ecosystem Services (or nonmaterial benefits from nature) in forests of Kona, Hawaii. Her post-doctoral work integrated this work on nonmaterial connections to nature with learning and behavior theory; she managed a 4-year project examining how, when, where, and why people learn about the environment in the San Francisco Bay Area, and what motivates them to act sustainably. Rachelle sees working at the nexus of natural and social science as critical to exploring and improving the human-environment relationship, and loves being part of interdisciplinary, problem-focused teams. You can find Rachelle on twitter (@rachelle_gould).


Kurt Jax (UFZ, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research)

Kurt Jax is a senior scientist at the Department of Conservation Biology of the UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig (Germany) and Professor for ecology at the Department of Ecology of the Technische Universität München. He was educated as a freshwater ecologist and later moved into research on the conceptual foundations of ecology and conservation biology, which he now has followed since more than two decades. His special emphasis is on the application of ecological concepts as tools for conservation biology and the adaptation of methods from the humanities (especially philosophy) to use them for interdisciplinary research in the environmental sciences. He has worked especially on the concepts referring to “ecological units”, and the various uses of the function concept in the environmental sciences. His current work is focusing on the concept of ecosystem services and its application in various policy fields as well as on philosophical (inter alia ethical) issues related to this concept. Kurt Jax currently serves as deputy coordinator for the EU-FP7-project OpenNESS, dealing with the operationalisation of the ecosystem services concept. Important recent publications comprise a monograph on “Ecosystem Functioning” (Cambridge University Press 2010), and a paper on “Ecosystem Services and Ethics” (Ecological Economics 93, 260-268).

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Maider Koro Maraña (University of the Basque Country)

After earning her degree in History, she completed diverse postgraduate courses in Human Rights, Cultural Management, Museography and International Cooperation. She currently works at the UNESCO Chair on Cultural Landscapes and Heritage at the University of the Basque Country. For many years she has worked for international organisations such as UNESCO, both in Paris as a Specialist on the World Heritage Programme and in Uruguay, for the Culture and Heritage Sector. In addition to working for different organisations as an independent consultant in the field of international cooperation, culture and human rights, she served as Programme Coordinator at UNESCO Etxea (the UNESCO Centre in the Basque Country), working also in the field of Culture and Development at that same organisation. She has taught at a number of different institutions, including the University of Deusto in Bilbao. She has various publications to her name, including Heritage and Human Rights. A participation and gender-based analysis of the work carried out by the United Nations in the field of cultural heritage (2015), Culture and Heritage. Evolution and Perspectives
(2010) and The future of languages. Diversity versus uniformity (2008).

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Barbara Muraca (Oregon State University)

Dr. Barbara Muraca (PhD University of Greifswald) studied philosophy in Turin, Italy, and Greifswald, Germany. She completed her Ph.D. in Philosophy with a dissertation on the philosophical foundations of Strong Sustainability (book published with Alber Verlag in 2010).
She specialized in Environmental Philosophy (Sustainability Theory & Degrowth-research), Social Philosophy, and Process Thought (Whitehead).
She has authored several articles on related topics including: “Décroissance: A Project for a Radical Transformation of Society”, in: Environmental Values (2013), “Towards a fair degrowth-society: Justice and the right to a ‘good life’ beyond growth, in: Futures (2012),  “The Map of Moral Significance: a new matrix for environmental ethics, in: Environmental Values 20 (2011), and “Strong sustainability as a frame for sustainability communication (with Konrad Ott and Christian Baatz). In: Godemann, J., Michelsen, G. (Hg..): Sustainability Communication: Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Theoretical Foundations. Springer 2010.

Muraca taught at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Germany) before joining the OSU faculty.


Richard B. Norgaard (University of California, Berkeley)

Professor of Energy and Resources
Energy & Resources Group

Research Expertise and Interest
energy, resources, policy process, understanding of systems, environmental problems challenging scientific understanding, globalization effects, tropical forestry and agriculture, environmental epistemology, energy economics, ecological economics

Richard B. Norgaard is Professor of Energy and Resources. He received his B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, M.S. in agricultural economics from Oregon State University, and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1971. Among the founders of the field of ecological economics, his recent research addresses how environmental problems challenge scientific understanding and the policy process, how ecologists and economists understand systems differently, and how globalization affects environmental governance. He has field experience in the Alaska, Brazil, California, and Vietnam with minor forays in other parts of the globe.

Dr. Norgaard is the author of one book, co-author or editor of three additional books, and has over 100 other publications spanning the fields of environment and development, tropical forestry and agriculture, environmental epistemology, energy economics, and ecological economics. Though an eclectic scholar, he is also among the 1000 economists in the world most cited by other economists (Millennium Editions of Who’s Who in Economics, 2000) and was one of ten American economists interviewed in The Changing Face of Economics: Conversations with Cutting Edge Economists (Colander, Holt, and Rosser, University of Michigan Press, 2004). He is currently writing on how the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment facilitate collective understandings of complex systems.

Dr. Norgaard has served on numerous committees of the National Academy of Sciences and the former office of Technology Assessment and was a member of the U.S. Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment. He served as President of the International Society for Ecological Economics (1998-2001). He has been a visiting scholar at the World Bank and served on the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He currently serves on the Independent Science Board of the California Bay – Delta Authority, the Board of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Board of EcoEquity

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John O'Neill (Manchester University)’neill/

John O’Neill is Hallsworth Professor of Political Economy at Manchester University and director of the Political Economy Institute. He has written widely on philosophy, political economy and environmental policy. His books include Markets, Deliberation and Environment (Routledge, 2007),  The Market: Ethics, Knowledge and Politics (Routledge, 1998) and Ecology, Policy and Politics: Human Well-Being and the Natural World (Routledge, 1993).   He is co-author of Environmental Values (Routledge, 2008) with Alan Holland and Andrew Light. He has been principle investigator or co-investigator in a number of European and UK projects.  He has recently been engaged in  European Commission projects on the  valuation of biodiversity (BIOMOT)  and on environmental justice (EJOLT).  Recent UK projects have examined climate change and well-being, climate disadvantage and climate justice.  He has co-authored a number of reports on environmental valuation, and on climate change and justice.

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Ignacio Palomo (BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change)
Ignacio Palomo is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) and Associate Researcher at the Social-Ecological Systems Lab of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Previously he was visiting researcher at the Universities of Stanford, Nottingham and the Centre for Development Research in Bonn University. His research is framed within Sustainability Science under the social-ecological approach and encompasses several of the multiple aspects related to landscape planning: drivers of change, ecosystem service supply and demand, institutions and decision-making, and response variables such as protected areas understood as social-ecological systems. He has applied and developed multiple methodological tools such as participatory ecosystem services mapping, participatory scenario planning, multi criteria decision analysis, and fuzzy cognitive mapping among others. Lately he has focused on the implications on the Global South of environmental policies from the North and on the impacts of climate change on alpinism and mountain ecosystems.

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Belinda Reyers (Stockholm Resilience Centre)

Professor Belinda Reyers is the Director of the GRAID (Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development) programme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The GRAID program is an innovative long-term collaboration to build on the Centre’s ongoing extensive academic research in the theory and practice of resilience for development.The program aims to synthesize and streamline insights and generate the latest knowledge on resilience thinking, and approaches for assessing and building resilience in the context of development. GRAID, is funded by Sida, and has been developed as a strategic knowledge partner to the Global Resilience Partnership (GRP) which is convened by The Rockefeller Foundation, USAID and Sida. Read more about the GRP here.

Belinda Reyers is also an extraordinary Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Dr. Reyers began her research career in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment – a global study to measure declines in the world’s ecosystems and the consequences of these declines for human wellbeing.  Subsequent to this global effort, she has gone on to further develop this research on the links between ecosystems and human wellbeing in Southern Africa, building the knowledge, tools, policy context and capacity in the region for this work.

Her current research involves regional and international collaborations which aim to integrate knowledge on social-ecological systems and their role in supporting resilient societies into the policies and practices of decision makers. This work has supported several new collaborations between science and the private and public sectors in unlocking new investments, policy shifts and partnerships for improved ecosystem stewardship.

Dr. Reyers received her Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Pretoria in 2001. She then worked as a senior lecturer at the Universities of Pretoria and Stellenbosch in South Africa until 2004. Subsequently, she established and led the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Research Group at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she also worked as a Chief Scientist until 2015.

Dr. Reyers initiated and co-leads the Southern African Program on Ecosystem change and Society, a network of leading social-ecological researchers working in southern Africa to develop new theory and tools and grow capacity in the social-ecological systems field, and one of the core case studies within the Future Earth Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS).

Belinda Reyers plays a number of advisory roles to national government and international bodies including: Vice Chair of the Science Committee of Future Earth; the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and the Global Earth Observation: Biodiversity Observation Network. Her publications include over 90 articles in scientific journals and chapters in books. She is an editor and reviewer for a number of scientific journals and research funders.

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Terre Satterfield (University of British Columbia)  
Director, IRES
Professor of Culture, Risk and the Environment
Environmental and cultural values, First Nations and Resource Management, Social ecological systems

An anthropologist by training and an interdisciplinarian by design. Her work concerns sustainable development in the context of debates about environmental values, risk and environmental health. Professor Satterfield studies environmental conflicts including logging disputes, biodiversity management and politics, First Nation interest in land management and regulatory contexts, the governance and perceived risk of new technologies (biotechnology and nanotechnology), and the social and cultural consequences of contamination. Professor Satterfield’s research is or has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Hampton Fund, the US National Science Foundation, the New Zealand Foundation for Research and Technology, the US EPA and Department of Energy, the World Health Organization, the Getty Conservation Institute. Dr. Satterfield’s work has been published in such journals as Nature Nanotechnology, Environmental Science and Technology, Bioscience, Ambio, Journal of Environmental Management, Risk Analysis, Global Environmental Change, Science and Public Policy, Society and Natural Resources, Ecological Economics, Environmental Values, Human Ecology Review, Ecology and Society and New Genetics and Society. She has received awards for two of her publications, including her book, The Anatomy of a Conflict (2002). Two other volumes include: Satterfield & Slovic, What’s Nature Worth, and in 2005, the Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values, Kaloff & Satterfield, as well as contributions to edited collection including a recent volume entitled The Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, and a volume on post-Cold War environments sponsored by the School of American Research.

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Ingela Marie Stenseke (University of Gothenburg)

Maria Stenseke is Professor at the University of Gothenburg (Geography, Qualitative Social Research)
Areas of interest: Rural landscape, landscape values, conservation, participating planning, outdoor recreation, spatial planning

About Marie Stenseke

My research concerns biodiversity, nature conservation and landscape management from a social science perspective. I am leading the research group Nature-society relations in a landscape perspective, at the Human Geography Unit. I have been involved in a large number of national and international research projects and programs, and engage with knowledge communication through various special commissions, e.g.

– Co-chair, Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
– Fellow of The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry
– Member of the board for Swedish Research Council FORMAS
– Member of Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Council for Biodiversity and Ecosystem services
– Vice President of The Permanent European Conference on the Study of the Rural
Landscape (PECSRL), 2006 –2012, member of the board 2012-
– Vice programme director for the National research programme Outdoor recreation in change – Landscapes, Experiences. Planning and Development, funded by Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, 2006-2013.

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Arild Vatn (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

Professor PhD Arild Vatn was appointed to the professorship in autumn 2008. He has a doctorate in agricultural economics from the Norwegian Agricultural University (NLH), obtained in 1983. Vatn has received international recognition for a number of publications, and was recently awarded the Thorstien Veblen prize by the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) and the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) for his book “Institutions and the Environment”. He is leader of The Research Council of Norway’s “Environment 2015” programme committee and of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE). Furthermore, he is co-ordinator for Noragric’s Masters Programme in international environmental studies.

The establishment of the Thor Heyerdahl Professorship is a result of a four-year co-operative agreement with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). The financial obligations associated with the appointment are divided equally between the two institutions. The Institute is represented in the steering group by Professor and Institute Board Member Willy Østreng.

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Japanese Observers

Hiroe Ishihara

Hiroe Ishihara has completed Ph.D. for University of Cambridge in 2016. Her thesis focused on the non-monetary motivation for environmental conservation, i.e. communal commitment. She conducted extensive field work using qualitative method in Toyoka city, Japan. Through this field work, she revealed that human agents are not just motivated to maximise their individual welfare but also motivated to fulfil their obligation to community. Her current interest extends from policy issues like Payment for Ecosystem Service and Capability Approach to theoretical issues like social theory of P. Bourdieu to theory on power by M. Foucault.
During her Ph.D., she has worked in United Nation’s University in Tokyo and Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto. Prior to her academic career in University of Cambridge, she worked with United Nation Development Programme in Yemen as a programme officer in charge of environmental policy. She worked both on biodiversity conservation and climate change related projects funded by Global Environmental Facility.

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Kei Kabaya (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES))    

Mr. Kei Kabaya obtained his master’s degree in conservation biology in the Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent. He joined IGES in 2010, mainly studying quantification and valuation of natural capital and ecosystem services. His expertise was shown in the various occasions, including a journal paper, several book chapters and a number of presentations at the opportunity of CBD-COP10 as well as domestic research and governmental communities.

Fields of Expertise: Ecosystem and biodiversity conservation Quantification and valuation of natural capital and ecosystem services

Education : MSc in Conservation Biology, Durrell Institute for Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent BA in International Legal Studies, Sophia University

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Nobuyuki Yagi (University of Tokyo)

Dr. Nobuyuki Yagi is Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo. The area of his study includes economic development and marine policy. Before joining the University in 2008, he worked for the Fisheries Agency of the Government of Japan. From 1999 to 2002, he was First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC, US. He served as a bureau member for OECD Committee for Fisheries from 2003 to 2008. He received a graduate degree (MBA) from the Wharton School (Class of 1994) of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US, and doctoral degree from the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2008.

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