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Resource economics and environmental policy research

Explore our work in resource economics and environmental policy research, 1 of our 4 areas of research expertise in Economics

The growing demand for food and energy is putting increasing pressure on the planet's natural resources and ecosystems. Our resource economics and environmental policy research identifies the economic, social and legal factors that influence the preservation and sustainability of aquatic ecosystems and natural resources. We also help define ocean resource management policies and analyse energy policy and trade in Middle Eastern countries.


Our research influences economic, trade and energy policies across the world. We're involved in several collaborative research projects with stakeholders including non-governmental organisations (NGOs); policy makers and governments in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Pacific and South America; international bodies such as the European Union, United Nations (UN), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the World Bank; and fishermen, environmentalists, and scientists.

Project highlights

  • We're conducting research for the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to estimate the value of the world’s inland fisheries to guide fisheries policies to ensure their sustainability.
  • We're involved in research with the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) to econometrically model energy demand and relative energy efficiency in Saudi Arabia to guide Government energy policy.
  • We worked on an EU-funded project - Paradigm for New Dynamic Oceanic Resource Assessments (PANDORA) - to enhance the sustainability of fishing in European waters by improving the assessment and management of fish stocks.

Publication highlights

Discover our areas of expertise

Resource economics and environmental policy is 1 of our 4 areas of expertise in our Economics research area – explore the others below.

Research groups

We're undertaking cutting-edge research ranging from microeconomic level analysis of individual decision making, to global macroeconomic and monetary interactions.

We're researching how to find environmentally friendly and economic production solutions for the recovery of unconventional oil resources using enhanced oil recovery (EOR) methods.

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