Electricity data shows real-time GDP change during COVID-19 lockdown

Electricity market data can play a vital role in measuring the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown policies on GDP, according to a new study.

‘Price of life’ lowest in UK during COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

The price the UK government was prepared to pay to save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic was far lower than in many other developed nations, a study has revealed.

Designing a sustainable future for aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector – A One Health approach

Seafood is one of the fastest-growing and highly traded food markets.

Exeter academics elected to British Academy

Two University of Exeter academics have been elected fellows of the British Academy.

NCC response to Government's 25 YEP Progress Report and advice on a green recovery

The Natural Capital Committee advises that the Government remains off track to achieve its commitment to ‘leave the natural environment of England in a better state than it inherited’, and highlights the opportunity to invest in nature as part of a resilient green recovery from COVID-19 by evidencing the significant economic returns that can be generated alongside achieving the targets in the 25 Year Environment Plan

Replacing GDP with Gross Ecosystem Product reveals value of nature

Replacing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with a new “ecosystem” measure reveals the enormous value of the natural world, new research shows.

Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics announced

Professor Ben Groom has been appointed Dragon Capital Chair in Biodiversity Economics at the University of Exeter. 

Green and social policies help firms weather COVID-19 crash

Businesses with strong environmental and social credentials are more resilient in times of economic crisis, according to research into the COVID-19 stock market crash.

The Dasgupta Review - The Economics of Biodiversity - Interim Report April 2020

The interim report of the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity is now out.

Unplanned tree planting could increase global warming and damage the environment, experts warn

No one doubts that trees can help suck carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, out of the atmosphere and help tackle climate change.

Gretchen C. Daily wins Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement 2020

The Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement today announced the selection of Gretchen C. Daily, PhD, as the 2020 Tyler Prize co-winner.

Sugar and health, calf-at-foot investment, quantifying natural capital

Professor Ian Bateman (Director, LEEP Institute) was interviewed by Anna Hill as part of BBC Radio Four's Farming Today series focusing on week-long focus on sugar beet.

United Kingdom to embark on ‘agricultural revolution’ in break from EU farm subsidies


Professor Ian Bateman (Director, LEEP Institute) was interviewed by Erik Stoksatd from the AAAS Science Magazine.

Natural Capital Committee’s 2020 Annual Report on progress in implementing the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan

It has been nine years since the government published the White Paper, The Natural Choice, committing to the objective “to be the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than it inherited”.

Joint Nature Conservation Committee - Masterclass 28 November 2019, Peterborough

 Professor Ian Bateman was invited to give a Masterclass 

Green Growth That Works: Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms from around the World

Professor Ian Bateman, Professor Brett Day, Dr Amy Binner, Dr Carlo Fezzi and Dr Greg Smith, all of the LEEP Institute, are contributing authors of 'Green Growth That Works: Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms from around the World', which has been published today. 

£10 million funding for pioneering new Centre for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste announced

A £10.5 million investment will fund a pioneering new collaborative research centre, designed to solve some of the most pressing global environmental challenges of our time.

What is the natural world worth? Can you put a price on birdsong?

These are among the questions to be addressed by a new project at the University of Exeter, which aims to discover how economics can help protect the environment.

Sustainable aquaculture through the ‘One Health’ lens

Professor Ian Bateman (Director, LEEP Institute) took part in a one-day workshop, hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures (Cefas) and the University of Exeter, to consider the role of aquaculture in future food from water and potential for delivery of national, regional and global One Health objectives relating to sustainable aquatic food supply.

LEEPin2019: The LEEP Institute's Meeting of International Excellence in Environmental and Resource Economics

The first conference held by the LEEP Institute (LEEPin2019) has received resounding praise from attendees.

Images of Research 2019

Congratulations to Kate Hind (Impact Fellow, LEEP Institute), whose photos, 'Public Engagement with Farm,' and, 'Landowner Tenant Workshop,' have been published in the University of Exeter Doctoral College, 'Images of Research 2019'.

Community knowledge can be as valuable as ecological knowledge in environmental decision-making

An understanding of community issues can be as valuable as knowing the ecology of an area when making environmental decisions, according to new research from the University of Exeter Business School.

ORVal tool featured in Countryside Jobs Service (CJS) Focus on Recreation

The LEEP Outdoor Recreation Value Tool (ORVal) has been featured in the May 2019 edition of Countryside Jobs Service (CJS) Focus on Recreation.

Policy chiefs learn about new guidance for large-scale public investment decisions

Experts from the University of Exeter have been sharing with policy chiefs the research behind new public spending guidelines which determine billions of pounds of Government investments every year.

Leading academic discusses post-Brexit farming on BBC Countryfile

Leading University of Exeter academic Professor Ian Bateman, who has advised the Government on farming policy and subsidies post-Brexit, appeared on BBC Countryfile to discuss the issues.

LEEP paper published in the Environmental & Resource Economics journal

Congratulations to the LEEP Institute's Dr Greg Smith, Professor Brett Day and Dr Amy Binner, whose paper has been published in the prestigious Environmental & Resource Economics journal.

Business School expert contributes to report going before Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment

While the government’s ambitions for environmental improvement have grown over the past decade, real world change is lagging behind, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP and the Shadow Secretary of State The Rt Hon Sue Hayman MP, will hear at an event today.

Dr Katrina Davis interviewed by BBC NEWS: New study looks at the value of salt marshes

A new tool which helps land managers assess the costs and benefits of re-introducing valuable saltmarsh, has been developed by economists and environmental scientists from the South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) at the University of Exeter.

New policy design needed to tackle global environmental threat, according to report

A pioneering new report has devised a seven-point plan to help policymakers devise new, coherent and collaborative strategies to tackle the greatest global environmental threats.

Article published in the Journal of Applied Ecology

'How imperfect can land sparing be before land sharing is more favourable for wild species?,' co-authored by the LEEP Institute's Ben Balmford has been published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

Professor Ian Bateman featured in WIRED magazine

Professor Ian Bateman (Director - LEEP Institute, University of Exeter Business School) was interviewed for WIRED magazine's article, 'From ethics to accountability, this is how AI will suck less in 2019'.

SWEEP project helps Dartmoor National Park to prepare for population rise

Specialists in economics and ecology from the SWEEP team have been working closely with Dartmoor National Park Authority to produce a new study looking into the possible effects and opportunities of a growing local population in surrounding areas on the special qualities of the National Park.

Professor Ian Bateman and Professor Georgina Mace - The natural capital approach: ecological and economic perspectives

Professor Ian Bateman and Professor Georgina Mace visited Oxford Martin School today to discuss The natural capital approach: ecological and economic perspectives.

Professor Ian Bateman presents at The RSA Taunton Seminar on Food, Farming and Countryside

Professor Ian Bateman visited Bridgwater & Taunton College Cannington Campus today to present at The RSA Taunton Seminar on Food, Farming and Countryside, to discuss 'Food, Farming and the Countryside: Policy directions and decision making'.

NEVO tool successfully launched

The LEEP Institute's NEVO tool was successfully launched today via webinar, which was hosted by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network.

The RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Commission publish progress report

"We cannot carry on treating our food, farming and countryside as we do currently. We are failing our citizens, our communities and our environment."

LEEP article published in the 'Historic England: Heritage Online Debate'

LEEP Institute article entitled, 'ORVal: The Outdoor Recreation Valuation Tool,' published in the 'Historic England: Heritage Online Debate'

Defra experts meet with LEEP and SWEEP teams at University of Exeter

The University of Exeter recently hosted a senior delegation from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Economics Department and LEEP Institute win prestigious Turing Award

The University of Exeter Business School is delighted to announce that through collaboration between the Economics Department and the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), the research team has been awarded a prestigious Turing-HSBC-ONS Economic Data Science Award.

LEEP article published in the Land Use Policy journal

'Public Funding for Public Goods: A Post-Brexit Perspective on Principles for Agricultural Policy,' written by Professor Ian Bateman and Ben Balmford has been published in the Land Use Policy jounal.

No-deal Brexit

Professor Ian Bateman has commented on the Farming guidance papers, which were published by the Government today and provide guidance on how to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

Gemma Delafield, Will Ingram and Elena Dimitriou - How can PhD students engage in the science-policy interface?

Will Ingram, Gemma Delafield, and Elena Dimitriou give their take-home messages from a science-policy workshop held at the University of Exeter, to which Royal Society policy staff contributed.

Natural Capital Committee receives significant mention in 'The Government's 25 Year Plan for the Environment'

The Natural Capital Committee has received a number of mentions within the recently published 'The Government's 25 Year Plan for the Enviriment' document.

Gemma Delafield wins Best Presenter award

Gemma Delafield (PhD Student - LEEP Institute) has won the award for Best Presenter at the Annual PGR Students Conference in Economics.

Bringing health and the environment into decision making: The Natural Capital Approach

Professor Ian Bateman and Dr Ben Wheeler's paper has been published by The Rockerfeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health.

Professor Richard Brazier wins the Pride of Devon 2018 Environment award

Professor Richard Brazier has won the Pride of Devon  Environment award  for his work on reducing flooding, improving water and soil quality, and land management.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has launched a new report; The future for food, farming, and the environment.

The inquiry focused on the impact of leaving the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and whether the Government’s proposals will deliver on its ambitions to both increase farm competitiveness and enhance the environment.

SWEEP Team Engagement Day

On Wednesday 23rd May 2018, a SWEEP Team Engagement day was held with local ecologists, in the Braunton Countryside Centre in North Devon and followed by a tour of the Braunton Burrows, the core of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere.

A response to the Defra Consultation

Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit

Future Farms & Landscapes workshops

On the evening of Thursday 12th April, we held the first of several workshops with local farmers in North Devon.

LEEP Institute contribute to new HM Treasury 'The Green Book'

University of Exeter expertise has been extensively adopted by the government in creating new guidelines on how to evaluate how money is spent on new policies, projects and programmes.

Academics launch report for Rockefeller Foundation

Experts at the University of Exeter have contributed to an international report on how to bring health and the environment into global policy-making.

Response to Michael Gove’s speech at the Oxford Farming Conference

Professor Ian Bateman, welcomed the overall direction of the policy outlined by Mr Gove but warned that a firm timetable needs to be agreed for change.

Reform “grossly unfair” farm subsidies, expert says

“Grossly unfair” farm subsidies should be replaced with a new system, a University of Exeter expert has told the government.

University of Exeter expert working as part of global team to promote human and environmental health

A University of Exeter expert has been appointed to a high powered, internationally prominent group of global government and business leaders working to show the connection between economic policy, human health and environmental change.

Exmoor event: Exeter ecosystem experts explain essential environmental economic effects

Professors Dieter Helm and Ian Bateman, Chairman and member of the Natural Capital, have said the environment is key part in the fabric of the economy.

Professor Ian Bateman will deliver a Global Conversation lecture in Sydney, Australia

Professor Bateman will demonstrate some of the latest research, using a number of recent real world examples to illustrate how economics can reveal the value of the environment and incorporate it into both Government and business decisions.

How do we value things that are not sold through shops?

That’s the question addressed by Springer book series “The Economics of Non-Market Goods and Resources” edited by Professor Ian Bateman.

Exploring the economic value of trees’ social and environmental benefits

The social and environmental outputs of woodlands play a much broader role in the economy than is often recognised, according to a new Research Report by the University of Exeter for the Forestry Commission.

Largest environmental restoration project in the world led by Chinese, Stanford and Exeter experts

Professor Ian Bateman is helping the Chinese government analyse how they should repair natural resources following the country’s rapid industrialisation.

First SWEEP of PhD studentships in place

As we celebrate the official start of the South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP), there has been some early success as a number of co-funded PhD studentships are confirmed.

University of Exeter expert urges Government to implement new laws to protect the environment

Progress on the Government’s long term plan for the environment is too slow and politicians should act more quickly to safeguard our natural resources, a University of Exeter expert has said.

First meeting of the “Long-term investment scenarios development group”

The Environment Agency invited a group of experts from a range of disciplines to come together to help understand how to develop the long-term investment scenarios for flood and coastal risk management in the future.

Professor Ian Bateman invited to join delegates at China/US/UK Ecosystem Services Workshop

He will be working with colleagues from Stanford’s Natural Capital Project.

Experts secure £5m to protect the South West’s natural capital

A partnership of three research institutions, led by the University of Exeter, has secured a £5m award to help protect the beautiful natural resources and the jobs dependent on them in the South West.

University of Exeter agricultural economist awarded honorary doctorate

A University of Exeter expert has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Royal Veterinary College for his outstanding contribution to promoting animal health and welfare.

University of Exeter experts to provide crucial advice to farmers, government and communities

Senior politicians have welcomed work by University of Exeter academics to promote smart decision-making which will safeguard the environment.

Professor Ian Bateman shares his advice for researchers looking to engage with policy makers

Filmed at the joint BES and CCI Symposium, "Making a Difference in Conservation", April 2016.

LEEP aims and activities: talks available

Members of LEEP gave an overview of the institute’s aims and activities to a packed audience of environmental economists, on Friday 18 March 2016, at envecon 2016, at the Royal Society, London.

Transatlantic link to help protect the environment

University of Exeter experts will collaborate with colleagues in the USA to work to protect our environment.

The viability of the UK small farm – a call for evidence

As part of research commissioned by The Prince's Countryside Fund we are holding workshops with interested parties and in advance of these workshops we are inviting the submission of written evidence.

LEEP announces fully-funded PhD studentship in the Quantitative Analysis of the Environment-Energy Nexus

This studentship is one of eight PhD opportunities that will contribute to the ADVENT (Addressing Valuation of Energy and Nature Together) research project

Enabling Smart Decisions: Enhancing Natural Capital talk at the Environmental Economics conference

Members of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), will give an overview of the aims and activities of the institute at envecon 2016 in London.

University of Exeter environment expert appointed to advise the Government

A University of Exeter academic has been appointed as an advisor to help the Government develop and implement a new 25-year plan for the environment.

Valuing Nature placements for LEEP academics

LEEP is delighted that three of its academics were awarded Valuing Nature placements contributing to the understanding of the complexities of the natural environment they will work with policymakers, businesses and practitioners. 

Changing the use of agricultural land could massively reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Making farmland more productive could bring about significant reductions in the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, University of Exeter research has found.

Mental health of BAME men hit hardest by COVID-19, study finds

BAME men experienced a far greater deterioration in their mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown than their white British counterparts