The Valuing Nature Programme is funding ten placements between November 2017 and March 2018 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 final reports, blogs and videos from the 8 placements funded in Spring 2017 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. This third suite of placements has a greater focus on private sector businesses.
The successful applicants for Winter 2017 are listed below.
Placement title - Managing the marine natural capital by assessing the impact of fisheries management on expenditure by sea anglers.
Home - School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
Host - Centre for environment, fisheries & aquaculture science (Cefas)
Placement title - Designing economic model for investments in landscape assets by local beneficiaries identified using the Landscape Enterprise Networks (LENs) methodology.
Home - Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Land Economy
Host - Nestle UK
Placement title - Valuing ecosystem services and societal benefits provided by Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) using space-based imaging of the coastal zone
Home - The Wash and North Norfolk Marine Partnership.
Host - Institute of Estuarine & Coastal Studies (IECS), University of Hull
Placement title - Future land management business models – supporting businesses dependent on the environment to invest in restoring and enhancing natural capital
Home - The University of Edinburgh, School of GeoSciences
Host - Ecology, Evidence and Flooding. Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Placement title - Valuing green infrastructure for health in London’s local government and business communities
Home - School of Environment, Education & Development, University of Manchester
Host - Greater London Authority
Placement title - Sharing Stories, Sharing collections: Valuing Biodiversity in Wales.
Home - Sustainable Places Research Institute/School of Social Science, Cardiff University.
Host - Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum of Wales
Placement title - Spatial mapping of natural capital investments and beneficiaries. Development of a method and template for spatially mapping natural capital investments and beneficiaries that is readily replicable in catchments across England.
Home - School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University
Host - Natural Capital Programme, Environment Agency
Placement title - Understanding and quantifying the health and wellbeing value of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths: exploring the potential of partnerships involving private sector organisations
Home - Department of Politics, Exeter University
Host - Clinton Devon Estates
Placement title - Analysis of international biodiversity targets to understand and maximize their relevance to the private sector
Home - University of Leeds
Hosts - University of Oxford / The Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Placement title - Coastal natural capital asset integration into a 25-year environmental management and assessment plan.
Home - University of St Andrews, School of Biology, Sediment Ecology Research Group
Host - Environmental Analysis Unit, Defra