Biography

Since the mid 1970s I have sought to develop and pioneer the interface between environmental/ecological economics and the natural sciences, in the context of a range of environmental management situations. This work began with a focus on waste management and was extended into pollution control, ecosystem conservation and management and coastal/catchment management. Adaptation strategies for the mitigation of the effects of environmental change (including climate change) has also been a particular focus for my work. I have helped establish and have worked in two ESRC funded research centres as research fellow, executive director and director (The Public Sector Economics Research Centre, Leicester University and East Anglia 1976-1979; CSERGE 1991-2010). CSERGE's research programme from 2006 onwards is built around several major research projects on catchment management (ESRC funded) and ecosystem services valuation (Leverhulm Foundation funded) and coastal zone management and 'blue carbon' valuation (EU funded and NERC funded). In the mid 1980s I coordinated an ESRC programme to help build environmental economics research capacity in the UK. I have also sought to make my research as policy relevant as possible and to that end I have played an active role in the policy process itself.

I was Chairman of the Broads Authority and served on the East of England Regional Assembly until 2007. I also served on the East of England Sustainable Development Round Table, DEFRA's Flood Defence and Coastal Protection R and D panel and its Estuaries Research Advisory Group. I previously served on the Board of the National Rivers Authority, and the UK Environment Agency's Anglian Region Environment Protection Advisory Committee and was a member of the UK Climate Change Impacts Review Group. From 1995-1999, I was Chairman of the Office of Science and Technology's Foresight Panel on Natural Resources and the Environment. From 2008 to 2014 I was Chair of the Interagency Panel on Climate Change Adaptation in Broadland. I contributed to the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA)programme, 2010-2011; and from 2012 to 2014 was Co-Chair of the UK NEA Follow On programme.I was also a member of the Royal Society Resilience Working Group 2012-2014.

 In 1991 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and in 1996 an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management. In early 2000 I was awarded a CBE for my services to sustainable development. In 2014 I was awarded a DSc by Hull University and was rated in the top1% of scientists worldwide by the Thomson-Reuters citation analysis and tables. I have been an economic consultant and/or special advisor to a number of UK and overseas Government committees, departments, international and national agencies since the 1970s. I sit on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals and was Jt Chief Editor of Environmental and Resource Economics until 2012. 

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Fax: 01603 593739 (+44 1603 593739)
 

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All Publications

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Scharin, H., Ericsdotter, S., Elliott, M., Turner, R. K., Niiranen, S., Blenckner, T., Hyytiäinen, K., Ahlvik, L., Ahtiainen, H., Artell, J., Hasselström, L., Söderqvist, T., Rockström, J.

(2016)

Processes for the sustainable stewardship of marine environments

in Ecological Economics

128.

pp. 55-67

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Hyder, K., Rossberg, A. G., Allen, J. I., Austen, M. C., Barciela, R. M., Bannister, H. J., Blackwell, P. G., Blanchard, J. L., Burrows, M. T., Defriez, E., Dorrington, T., Edwards, K. P., Garcia-Carreras, B., Heath, M. R., Hembury, D. J., Heymans, J. J., Holt, J., Houle, J. E., Jennings, S., Mackinson, S., Malcolm, S. J., McPike, R., Mee, L., Mills, D. K., Montgomery, C., Pearson, D., Pinnegar, J. K., Pollicino, M., Popova, E. E., Rae, L., Rogers, S. I., Speirs, D., Spence, M. A., Thorpe, R., Turner, R. K., Van Der Molen, J., Yool, A., Paterson, D. M.

(2015)

Making modelling count - increasing the contribution of shelf-seas community and ecosystem models to policy development and management

in Marine Policy

61.

pp. 291-302

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Luisetti, T., Turner, K., Jickells, T., Andrews, J., Elliott, M., Schaafsma, M., Beaumont, N., Malcolm, S. J., Burdon, D., Adams, C., Watts (Env Agency), W.

(2014)

Coastal Zone Ecosystem Services: From science to values and decision making; a case study

in Science of the Total Environment

493.

pp. 682–693

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Palmieri, M. G., Barausse, A., Luisetti, T., Turner, K.

(2014)

Jellyfish blooms in the Northern Adriatic Sea: Fishermen’s perceptions and economic impacts on fisheries

in Fisheries Research

155.

pp. 51–58

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Luisetti, T., Jackson, E., Turner, R. K.

(2013)

Valuing the European ‘coastal blue carbon’ storage benefit

in Marine Pollution Bulletin

71.

pp. 101–106

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Green, J., Burgess, N., Green, R., Madoffe, S., Munishi, P., Nashanda, E., Turner, K., Balmford, A.

(2012)

Estimating management costs of protected areas: A novel approach from the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania

in Biological Conservation

150.

pp. 5-14

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Morse-Jones, S., Bateman, I. J., Kontoleon, A., Ferrini, S., Burgess, N. D., Turner, R. K.

(2012)

Stated preferences for tropical wildlife conservation amongst distant beneficiaries: Charisma, endemism, scope and substitution effects

in Ecological Economics

78.

pp. 9-18

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(Article)


Strassburg, B., Rodrigues, A., Gusti, M., Balmford, A., Fritz, S., Obersteiner, M., Turner, R., Brooks, T.

(2012)

Impacts of incentives to reduce emissions from deforestation on global species extinctions

in Nature Climate Change

2.

pp. 350–355

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Fish, R., Burgess, J., Chilvers, J., Footitt, A., Haines-Young, R., Russel, D., Turner, K., Winter, D.

(2011)

Participatory and Deliberative Techniques to Embed an Ecosystems Approach into Decision Making: An Introductory Guide

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Fish, R., Burgess, J., Chilvers, J., Footitt, A., Turner, K.

(2011)

Participatory and deliberative techniques to support the monetary and non-monetary valuation of ecosystem services: An introductory guide

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Luisetti, T., Turner, R., Bateman, I., Morse-Jones, S., Adams, C., Fonseca, L.

(2011)

Coastal and marine ecosystem services valuation for policy and management: Managed realignment case studies in England

in Ocean and Coastal Management

54.

pp. 212-224

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Balmford, A., Fisher, B., Green, R., Naidoo, R., Strassburg, B., Turner, R., Rodrigues, A.

(2011)

Bringing ecosystem services in the real world : An operational framework for assessing the economic consequences of losing wild nature

in Environmental and Resource Economics

48.

pp. 161-173

UEA Repository

(Article)


Bateman, I., Abson, D., Beaumont, N., Darnell, A., Fezzi, C., Hanley, N., Kontoleon, A., Maddison, D., Morling, P., Morris, J., Mourato, S., Pascual, U., Perino, G., Sen, A., Tinch, D., Turner, R., Valatin, G., Andrews, B., Asara, V., Askew, T., Aslam, U., Atkinson, G., Beharry-Borg, N., Bolt, K., Cole, M., Collins, M., Comerford, E., Coombes, E., Dugdale, S., Dunn, H., Foden, J., Gibbons, S., Haines-Young, R., Hattam, C., Hulme, M., Ishwaran, M., Lovett, A., Luisetti, T., MacKerron, G., Mangi, S., Moran, D., Munday, P., Paterson, J., Resende, G., Siriwardena, G., Skea, J., van Soest, D., Termansen, M.

(2011)

Economic Values from Ecosystems

UNEP-WCMC

UEA Repository

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Bateman, I., Mace, G., Fezzi, C., Atkinson, G., Turner, K.

(2011)

Economic analysis for ecosystem services assessments

in Environmental and Resource Economics

48.

pp. 177-218

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Fisher, B., Lewis, S., Burgess, N., Malimbwi, R., Munishi, P., Swetnam, R., Turner, R., Willcock, S., Balmford, A.

(2011)

Implementation and opportunity costs of reducing deforestation and forest degradation in Tanzania

in Nature Climate Change

1.

pp. 161-164

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Fisher, B., Turner, R., Burgess, N., Swetnam, R., Green, J., Green, R., Kajembe, G., Kulindwa, K., Lewis, S., Marchant, R., Marshall, A., Madoffe, S., Munishi, P., Morse-Jones, S., Mwakalila, S., Paavola, J., Naidoo, R., Ricketts, T., Rouget, M., Willcock, S., White, S., Balmford, A.

(2011)

Measuring, modeling and mapping ecosystem services in the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania

in Progress in Physical Geography

35.

pp. 595-611

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Kirkby, C., Giudice, R., Day, B., Turner, K., Soares-Filho, B., Oliveira-Rodrigues, H., Yu, D.

(2011)

Closing the ecotourism-conservation loop in the Peruvian Amazon

in Environmental Conservation

38.

pp. 6-17

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Luisetti, T., Bateman, I., Turner, R.

(2011)

Testing the fundamental assumption of choice experiments: Are values absolute or relative?

in Land Economics

87.

pp. 284-296

UEA Repository

(Article)


Mace, G., Bateman, I., Albon, S., Balmford, A., Brown, C., Church, A., Haines-Young, R., Pretty, J., Turner, R., Vira, B., Winn, J.

(2011)

Conceptual framework and methodology

UNEP-WCMC

UEA Repository

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Strassburg, B., Kelly, A., Balmford, A., Davies, R., Gibbs, H., Lovett, A., Miles, L., Orme, C., Price, J., Turner, R., Rodrigues, A.

(2010)

Global congruence of carbon storage and biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems

in Conservation Letters

3.

pp. 98-105

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Key Research Interests

Environmental and ecological economics; ecosystem services; wetland valuation and management; coastal zone manangement, waste management.

Significant Publications

  • Strassburg B, R. K. Turner, B Fisher, R Schaeffer and A, Lovett (2009) Reducing emissions from deforestation- The '' combined incentives'' mechanism and empirical simulations, Global Environmental Change 19: 265-278.
  • Fisher B, R K Turner and P. Morling (2009) Defining and classifying ecosystem servcies for decision making, Ecological Economics, 68(3): 643-653.
  • Fisher, B. and R.K.Turner et al (2008) Integrating ecosystem services and economic theory, Ecological Applications 18, 2050-2067.
  • Turner, R.K. (2007) Limits to CBA in UK and European environmental policy: retrospects and future prospects. Environmental and Resource Economics 37(1), 253-269. DOI: 10.1007/s10640-007-9119-2 
  • Andrews, J.E., D. Burgess, R. Cave, E. Coombes, T. Jickells, D. Parks and R. K. Turner (2006) Biogeochemical value of managed realignment, Humber Estuary, UK, Science of the Environment, 371(1-3), 19-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2006.08.021
  • Turner, R.K., J. Paavola, P. Cooper, S. Forber, V. Jessamy and S. Georgiou (2003) Valuing nature: Lessons learned and future research directions, Ecological economics, 46: 493-510, Doi: 10.1016/50921-8009(03)00189-7
  • Balmford, A., A. Bruner, P. Cooper, R. Costanza, S. Forber, R. Green, M. Jenkins, P. Jefferiss, V. Jessamy, J. Madden, K. Munroe, N. Myers, S. Naeem, J. Paavola, M. Rayment, S. Rosends, J. Roughgarden, K. Trumper and R.K. Turner (2002) Economic reasons for conserving wild nature, Science 297: 950-953. DOI: 10.1126/science.1073947 
  • Pearce, D.W. and R.K. Turner (1990) Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment, John Hopkins University Press, Balitmore, Maryland.


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