Maria Nijnik

  • Principle Scientist - The James Hutton Institute

Research interests

  •  Climate change economics (e.g. using simulation and optimization techniques, scenario analysis, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses, and mathematical modelling). This work has centred around afforestation for carbon sequestration in the UK/Scotland, and beyond, LULUCF to enhance carbon capture and storage and the place of carbon forestry in multifunctional afforestation (e.g. Nijnik & Bizikova, 2008; Nijnik, 2011; Nijnik et al., 2012; 2012; Nijnik & Pajot, 2014; van Kooten et al, 2019);
  • Institutional aspects of the creation and trading carbon offsets (Nijnik, 2010; Nijnik et al., 2011), including under the CDM and REDD (Nijnik et al., 2014; Nijnik & Halder, 2012; Dyer & Nijnik, 2014)
  • Social aspects of tackling climate change (e.g. through social innovation) and mobilizing and integrating the knowledge for policymakers. Examples of my input include some outputs from the H2020 SIMRA project that I coordinated, the Report on Climate Change Mitigation through forestry in Europe (ECHOES),  the Forestry for a low-carbon future publication which was was met with interest by policy makers and communities of practice, the EFI Think Forest publications of What Science Can Tell Us: Forest Bioenergy for Europe and From Science to Policy: Plantation Forests   and others. At a UK level, I e.g. led the social economic strands of the Institute’s contribution to the Read Report (2009) Combating Climate Change – A Role for UK Forests
  • Relatively new areas of interest are on social considerations of climate change adaptation in forestry and agriculture  (Bizikova et al, 2014; 2015); human/social/interdisciplainry considerations around extreme events associated with climate change (specifically, forest fires, a new H2020 project of FireRisk)