Ian J. Bateman

Economic analyses for ecosystem service assessments: the UK National Ecosystem Assessment

Ian J. Bateman
Director, Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (UEA), Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK.
Head of Economics for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment
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The paper seeks to contribute to the expanding literature on ecosystem service assessment by considering its integration with economic analyses of such services. We initially consider a conceptual framework for such integration. Following this and focussing upon analyses for future orientated policy and decision making, we summarise the economic analyses conducted for the recent UK National Ecosystem Assessment which in turn is the empirical underpinning of the UK Natural Environment White Paper; the recently announced new government policy for the management of ecosystems in the UK.

Ian J. Bateman

Research Interests

The formation and valuation of preferences for non-market goods and service (environment, health, etc.); preference anomalies and behavioural economics; the application of geographical information systems, virtual reality and experimental techniques to integrated environmental economic modelling and valuation; working with policy makers to address real world resource management issues.


While it is human economic activity which has resulted in the major global environmental problems facing present and (to a greater extent) future generations, it is clear that reform of that economic activity provides the only viable solution to such problems. My interests lie in attempting to achieve this reform by bringing the environment into everyday decision making whether at the highest level, by informing government policy, or at the supermarket checkout by ensuring that prices reflect the true resource costs of production. Much of my research therefore seeks to value the true cost of pollution and the true worth of environmental improvements. Recently completed research with colleagues at UEA and elsewhere includes: the ChREAM project which examines the effectiveness of policies to control agricultural pollution as well as the impact of such measures upon farm incomes; the AQUAMONEY project which looks at the recreational and ecological benefits of water improvement policies; and the VERHI project which seeks to guide policies concerned with environmental impacts upon child health. Details of all past and ongoing research can be obtained from the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) at www.cserge.ac.uk. I am Director of CSERGE and also lead the Economics team for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) funded by Defra, the UK National Assemblies and others (http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org). I am Principal Investigator of the NERC Valuing Nature Network (www.valuing-nature.net) which seeks to bring together natural scientists, economists, social scientists, the policy community and business leaders to provide an integrated basis for environmental decision making. I am also Principal Investigator of the ESRC SEER Large Grant award which seeks to put the ecosystem services approach to decision analysis into practice (details on the CSERGE website).