Prof Michael Christie

BSc (Hons), PhD. Aberdeen.

Prof Michael Christie


Academic Dept - Head of Department

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I am a Professor of Environmental and Ecological Economics in Aberystywth University's Business School.

Previous appointments include

  • 1996 - 2012: Lecturer in Environmental Economics (Aberystwyth University's Institute of Rural Studies (now IBERS)).
  • 2012 - present:  Professorship of Environmental and Ecological Economics (Aberystywth Business School).




My research specialises in the economic and social valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. I have utilised a wide range of non-market valuation methods including choice experiments, contingent valuation, contingent behaviour and travel cost method. These studies have addressed a wide range of natural resource and environmental issues including, both marine and terrestrial ecosystems, water quality, biodiversity, agri-environmental schemes, recreation and tourism. Increasingly, I am focusing my research to examine the human welfare impacts of biodiversity loss in developing countries, with recent studies in Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Solomon Islands and the Caribbean.

I also contributed to TEEB (2010), the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2011) and the IPBES European and Central Asia assessment (2018) report, and am currently one of the co-chairs of the IPBES ‘Values’ assessment.  

Recent projects have been funded by 4 of the UK Research Councils and have included:

  • NERC’s BESS - Diversity of Upland Rivers for Ecosystem Services and Sustainability (DURESS),
  • NERC / ESRC VNN - Bridging the gap from Values to Decisions (BRIDGE),  
  • NERC / ESRC ESPA - Can capturing global ecosystem services reduce poverty (P4GES),
  • AHRC - Re-valuing pollinators through arts and science collaboration(Cross-pollination),
  • BBSRC - Impact and Value for money of BBSRC research institutes and campuses,
  • Global Innovation Initiative - Global innovation for sustainable forest management in Indonesia


Current Responsibilities

  • Director of Research, Aberystywth Business School.
  • Member of Aberystywth University Research Committee.
  • Director of Centre for Responsible Societies (CRiSis)
  • Programme Director for the Brickfields Asia College Franchise schemes with Aberystwyth University.
  • Member of the Aberystwyth University Collaborative Provision Board.

Previous Responsibilities

  • Head of Aberystwyth Business School (2015 - 2018)
  • Institute of Business and Law Director of research (2013 - 2018)
  • Director of Learning and Teaching, Aberystywth Business School (2012 - 2013)

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Tuesday 14:00-15:00
  • Thursday 14:00-15:00


Valuing improvements in biodiversity due to controls on atmospheric nitrogen pollutionJones, L., Milne, A., Hall, J., Mills, G., Provins, A. & Christie, M. 2018 In : Ecological Economics.152, p. 358-3669 p.
Local perceptions of the livelihood and conservation benefits of small-scale livelihood projects in rural Madagascar.Harvey, C., Rambeloson, A., Andrianjohaninarivo, T., Andriamaro , L., Rasolohery, A., Randrianarisoa, J., Ramanahadray, S., Christie, M., Siwicka, E., Remoundou, K., Vílchez-Mendoza, S. & MacKinnon, J. 2018 In : Society & Natural Resources.19 p.
Managing forests for global and local ecosystem services: A case study of carbon, water and livelihoods from eastern IndonesiaKim, Y-S., Latifah, S., Afifi, M., Mulligan, M., Burk, S., Fisher, L., Siwicka, E., Remoundou, K., Christie, M., Masek Lopez, S. & Jenness, J. 2018 In : Ecosystem Services.31, Part A, p. 153-16816 p.
Challenges in using hydrology and water quality models for assessing Freshwater Ecosystem Services: A ReviewHallouin, T., Bruen, M., Christie, M., Bullock, C. & Kelly-Quinn, M. 2018 In : Geosciences.8, 2, 45
Summary for policymakers of the regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe and Central Asia of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.Fischer, M., Rounsevell, M., Torre-Marin Rando, A., Mader, A., Church, A., Elbakidze, M., Elias, V., Hahn, T., Harrison, P. A., Hauck, J., Sandstrom, C., Sousa Pinto, I., Visconti, P., Zimmermann, N. E. & Christie, M. 2018 Bonn, Germany: IPBES Secretariat. 50 p.
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