This page covers recent news related to my research and public engagement
Behavioural Science and the Environment -- Virtual Workshop 30 Sept 2021
Virtual workshop organised by the Behavioural Science Group of the Division of Economics, U of Stirling (registration is open).
Given the upcoming COP26 (UN climate change conference) in Glasgow, this event serves as a dedicated precursor to probe how insights from behavioural economics can help us understand the relationship between human behaviour and the environment.
Rodolfo Sejas-Portillo will present our paper on 'The effects of weather conditions on the valuation of energy-efficiency in the UK housing market' at the event.
University Reopenings, Student Halls and Covid-19 Outbreaks in Scotland
Working paper on reopenings of Universities and Covid outbreaks in Scotland is out in Covid Economics series vetted by CEPR and as GLO Discussion Paper, No. 868.
My coauthor Hector Rufrancos was interviewed by Simon Baker at the Times Higher Education in June 2021 about the implications of this working paper. See here.
Wellbeing, People and Places - Nuffield Foundation Series and Webinar May & June 2021
Together with the Nuffield Foundation, I help the creation of a series bringing together three Nuffield Foundation projects that worked closely together to better understand the drivers of individual's wellbeing.
The series included a webinar on 16 June 2021 focussed on the concrete steps and wellbeing policies. Peter Howley (U of Leeds) presented the project on Immigration and Wellbeing - which he lead and to which I have contributed. Project website.
In May 2021 Peter and I co-authored a piece on Measuring the impact of immigration on subjective well-being which was posted in the Nuffield Foundation series.
Project on Plastic Pollution in Tanzania and Malawi now live (2021 - 2025)
I am leading the work package on interventions to reduce the use of plastic in Tanzania and Malawi. The project is led by the Environmental Science Division at U of Stirling and is funded by the NERC.
City Region Deal for Stirling and Clackmannanshire (June - Sep 2020)
I lead the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework (MEF) working group of the City Region Deal during the summer of 2020, to which the University of Stirling is partner. The working group set out the principles, general methodological approaches for the impact evaluation of the Deal as a whole, and identified suitable data and indicators to be employed. The MEF was approved in Sept 2020 and attached to the Benefit Realisation Plan.