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School: College of Life and Environmental Sciences
PhD Project Summary
Harnessing Nature’s Benefits for Human Well-being: Recognising the Value of Cultural Ecosystem Services in a Coastal Tourist Setting
This research aims to explore novel approaches to environmental valuation, concentrating specifically on coastal landscapes as one example of an environmental setting where people interact with nature and benefit from it in ways which are often 'non-material'. Such benefits include the arguably more nebulous qualities of nature such as its symbolic, spiritual or cultural properties. This research contributes to current knowledge of cultural ecosystem services as an expression of the 'benefits of nature' as explored in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and subsequent UK National Ecosystem Assessment. It improves valuation evidence by employing new and innovative methodologies which build on a human needs approach to capture and measure the benefits of nature for human well-being.
Further, the research explores how cultural ecosystem services values can best be integrated into governance to improve decision-making and implementation.
This research is an ESRC CASE studentship within the Centre for Sport, Leisure and Tourism Research (further information at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/slt/ourresearch/value/), held jointly by Geography and Politics departments and part funded by Dorset County Council.
Professor Michael Winter OBE: http://huss.exeter.ac.uk/politics/staff/winter/
Dr Robert Fish (Senior Research Fellow): http://huss.exeter.ac.uk/politics/staff/fish/
Wider Research Interests
My research falls within the wider areas of social and cultural geography and my interests include:
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