University of Stirling

International Workshop: Mechanism Design and the Environment

The design of environmental policy schemes is of extreme importance to achieve environmental goals in the most economically efficient way. Such policies may include voluntary schemes, regulation and market-based approaches intended to achieve a reduction in nutrient runoff from farms, air pollution, and habitat fragmentation on agricultural landscapes. Advances in mechanism design using economic theory, experimental economics and simulation techniques can provide valuable insights into the cost-effectiveness of policies.

As part of the Eco-delivery Project, the University of Stirling organized the international workshop “Mechanism Design and the Environment,” 8-9 May 2013 at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, providing a platform for environmental economists, policymakers and conservation practitioners to discuss the latest developments in this field.

Distinguished keynote speakers were delivered by Professor Jason Shogren (University of Wyoming, USA) and Professor Timothy Cason (Purdue University, USA).

The programme and list of participants can be accessed here and the presentations of all speakers are available below.

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Stirling Environment Camp

The University of Stirling hosted a three day Environment Camp on Environmental Valuation Methods for Ecosystem Services between 4-6 September 2012. The Environment Camp was organized as part of the University of Stirling’s Eco-Delivery Project, funded by the European Investment Bank and the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).

The Environment Camp  featured four keynote lectures and thirteen contributed presentations by postgraduate students and early career researchers.

The four distinguished keynote speakers are:

The final programme for the event is available here

Workshop Presentations:

Day 1:

Nick Hanley – A behavioural economics examination of information and uncertainty in stated preference valuation

Angela KopmannA human well-being approach for assessing the value of natural land areas

Nonka MarkovaThe importance of equity in the design of PES schemes

Jeremy DeValck – Towards an improved methodology for the valuation of ecosystem services

Fatemeh BakhtiariInvestigating embedding effects in valuation of forest environmental goods

Brett Day – What is exciting me in non-market valuation ? (Part I, Part II)

Niels Jobstvogt – Public perception of deep-sea protection

Daniel NortonValuing the benefits of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Eleanor Carter- SilkSocio-economic value of the marine service of gas and climate regulation

Day 2:

E. J. Milner Gulland – Linking fisheries approaches and household utility models for improved resource management (Part I, Part II, Part III)

Lisa Ingwall – Non-monetary valuation of ecosystem services and the perceptions of stakeholders at different scales in Guyana

Mike Brock – Feeding birds: An investigation into motivations of privately providing public good and engaging with natural environment

Olivia Rendon Thompson – Costs and benefits of improved drinking water quality provision in rural protected areas (Part I, Part II)

Ciaran Ellis – Chronic threats to pollination services: Does diversity reduce risk?

Laura Taylor – Quasi-experiments in non-market valuation and regulatory analysis

Claudia Aravena Novielli – Internal consistency in double bounded dichotomous choice contingent valuation

Cheng Wen – Contingent valuation on water source protection in China

Public University Lectures

The first Public University Lecture under the Eco-delivery Project will be given by Karl-Göran Mäler on the 23rd of May at the University of Stirling. He is Professor Emeritus and former director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics in Sweden. More information on Professor Mäler can be found here

He will be speaking on the following two topics:

  • Accounting for ecosystem services
  • Non-convex ecosystem dynamics and accounting for resilience of an ecosystem

The lecture will be held in Room 2B86 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (23rd of May, 2011) at the University of Stirling.

All interested attendees please register by sending an email to Simanti Banerjee at

International Workshop Series

The First International Workshop titled “Policy Mechanisms for Ecosystem Services Delivery” was held in collaboration with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (London School of Economics) on the 4th and 5th of May, 2010.

Venue: London School of Economics, London (Map)

Keynote Speakers:
Paul Ferraro (Georgia State University)
Sophie Thoyer (Supagro/LAMETA)
Jonah Busch (Conservation International)

Workshop Schedule

Participants List


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  • *Some presentations are in multiple parts

    Supplemental Resources



    Empirical Evaluation of Biodiversity Conservation Instruments

    Effectiveness of Protected Areas for Reforestation

    Biodiversity co-benefits of REDD+

    Ecosystem Services

    REDD+ in Indonesia: An Application of the OSIRIS model

    Eco-Delivery Seminar Series

    Friday 10th December 2010, Division of Economics, University of Stirling

    Andrew Moxey (Pareto Consulting): Agri-environmental Schemes

    Simanti Banerjee (University of Stirling): Agglomeration Bonus

    Wednesday 7th September 2011, Division of Economics, University of Stirling

    Andrew Reeson (CSIRO, Australia): Market Based Instruments: Field and Lab-based Evidence

    Karen Larsen (University of Helsinki): Auction Mechanisms for Water

    For more information please contact Dr. Frans. de Vries (project leader)

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