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Conservation Research Institute



Environmental Economics
Law and Economics
Legal Pluralism and Interacting Institutions
Learning from Shocks
Water Energy Food Nexus


Key publications: 

The UK summer heatwave of 2018 and public concern over energy security (with P-W. She and T. van Gevelt), 9, 370–373,2019.Nature Climate Change

Linking precolonial institutions with ethnic fractionalisation: what are we measuring?  The Journal of Institutional Economics,  2019.     

Do voluntary commons associations deliver sustainable grazing outcomes? An empirical study of England (with T. van Gevelt). Environmental and Resource Economics, 2019.

On the perils of commitment to punishment when criminals are strategic (with M. Sarr). The Journal of Legal Studies, 47(2), 2018.

Dictators Walking the Mogadishu Line: How Men Become Monsters and Monsters Become Men (with M. Sarr and T. Willems), The World Bank Economic Review, 32(3), 2018.

The Benefits of Forced Experimentation: Striking Evidence from the London Underground Network 
(with F. Rauch and T. Willems). The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 132(4), 2017. 
Reviewed in Science (Editors' Choice)

Regulating the water-energy-food nexus: interdependencies, transaction costs and procedural justice." (with T. van Gevelt) Environmental Science and Policy 72: 55-64. 2017

Natural Resource Contests and Precolonial Institutions in Papua New Guinea, Journal of Agrarian Change, 17(3), 2017

Precolonial Institutions and Deforestation in Africa (with T. van Gevelt and A. Zabala), Land Use Policy 51(1). 2016

Documenting legal dissonance: Legal Pluralism in Papua New Guinea (with T. Swanson), Review of Law and Economics, 11(1). 2015.

Internalising Legal Norms: An Investigation into the Legitimacy of Payback Killings in the New Guinea Islands , Law and Society Review, 49 (1).  2015.

Problematic Legal Pluralism: Causes, Consequences and some Potential 'Cures', Journal of Legal Pluralism, 46(2). 2014

Accounting for Legal Pluralism: the Impact of Pre-Colonial Institutions on Crime, Law and Development Review, 6(1). 2013

Taking Customary Law Seriously: A Case of Legal Re-Ordering in Kieta, Journal of Legal Pluralism, 45(2). 2013.


Other publications: 


Legal Dissonance: The Interaction of Criminal Law and Customary Law in Papua New Guinea (2015 Berghahn Books: Oxford).

Review by Bruce Ottley in Asia Pacific Law Review

Water-Energy-Food Nexus Journal Articles

Scaling the nexus : Towards integrated frameworks for analysing water, energy and food (with S. McGrane et al.). Geographical Journal. Forthcoming.

The potential impact of Brexit on the energy, water and food nexus in the UK: A fuzzy cognitive mapping approach (with Ziv, G. et al.). Applied Energy, 210, Jan 2018.

Book Chapters

Time-Consistency and Dictator Punishment: Discretion Rather Than Rules?” (with M.Sarr and T. Willems), 2016, in T. Besley (ed) Contemporary Issues in Development Economics, Palgrave Macmillan.

Economics of Green Economies: Investment in Green Growth and How it Works  (with T. Swanson), in P.-M. Dupuy, J. E. Viñuales (eds.), Harnessing Foreign Investment to Promote Environmental Protection (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

International experiences in air pollution management (with H. Vennemo) in T Lin and T. Swanson (eds.), Economic Growth and Environmental  Regulation: The People's Republic of China's Path to a Brighter Future (ADB and Routledge, 2009) 

Teaching and Supervisions

University Lecturer in Environmental Economics and Policy

Contact Details

The David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street
(01223) 337131


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