Valuing Nature Placements Round 2 - April to July 2017

The Valuing Nature Programme is funding eight placements between April and July 2017 which are aligned to the Programme's goal of building an interdisciplinary research community, capable of working across the natural, biological and social sciences and arts and humanities, and of linking researchers to businesses, policymakers and practitioners.  

This scheme was first run in 2016 and was described by Placement Holders as a transformative experience.  A final report, along with summaries and videos from the 12 Placements funded in 2016 are available here.

The placements enable researchers to work in a new disciplinary, institutional or applied setting, and to produce outputs which can be shared with the Valuing Nature community. 

The successful applicants for 2017 are listed below.

Colm Bowe

Placement title - Developing understanding and strategies for business to engage and inform UK Food and Farming policy to ensure that Natural Capital is an integral part.

Home - Liverpool John Moores University

Host - University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Thomas Davies

Placement title - Addressing the influence of human values on selective investment in conservation priorities.

Home - University of Exeter

Host - University of Exeter - Centre for Geography, Environment & Society

Sofia Franco

Placement title - Identifying evidence needs for modelling and valuing aquaculture potential in marine plan areas.

Home - Newcastle University

Host - Marine Management Organisation

Deborah Harvey

Placement title - Enhancing wellbeing: Can engaging with nature in the school grounds improve children’s attention and mood?

Home - Royal Holloway, University of London

Host - Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of Psychology

Graziella Iossa

Placement title - Applying a natural capital approach to link environmental and health policy agendas on antimicrobial resistance.

Home - University of Lincoln - School of Life Sciences

Host - University of York - Health & population Ecosystems

Stephen McConnachie

Placement title - Social and Cultural Values of Urban Nature in Walworth, South London.

Home - University College London - Institute for Global Prosperity

Host - Social Life

Jonathan Reeves

Placement title - Using the WWT London Wetland Centre (LWC) to develop skills in assessing the individual and societal health and wellbeing benefits of urban wetlands.

Home - Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Host - Imperial College London - Faculty of Natural Sciences

Geoff Whitman

Placement title - Developing indicators of success for nature-based public health interventions.

Home - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Host - Natural England