Dr Katherine Simpson

  • Lecturer in One Health and Environmental Economics (Health Economics & Health Technology Assessment)

email: Katherine.Simpson@glasgow.ac.uk

Clarice Pears Building, School of Health & Wellbeing, 90 Byres Road, Glasgow, United Kingdom, G12 8TB

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ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2487-2033

Biography

Environmental and One Health Economist 

I have over 10 years of research experience in interdisciplinary collaboration with ecologists, environmental scientists and policy specialists. I have built a considerable international reputation as an expert in biodiversity offset market design, agri-environment scheme design and more broadly the application of economic methods to terrestrial and marine conservation management. 

I joined HETHA as a Lecturer in August 2023 having previously worked as a Research Associate (Environmental Economics) in the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine since 2018.  

My background is in applied environmental economics with a BSc from the University of York (2010), MSc by Research in Marine Conservation from the University of York (2011) and PhD in Economics from the University of Stirling (2015). Previously I have worked as a research assistant in economics at the University of Stirling and as Project Manager for the EU-H2020 ATLAS project in the School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh.

My time is divided between the School of Health & Wellbeing and the School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine where I co-lead the Environmental and One Health Economics Special Interest Group. 

My research ambition is to become a world leader in the design and implementation of environmental markets globally, with interdisciplinary methods and thinking at its core. This research necessitates an interdisciplinary approach across ecology, economics and social sciences. 

Research interests

Research Interests

  • Nature and environmental market design: focus on biodiversity net gain and voluntary carbon markets
  • Agri-environment scheme design: focus on payment for modelled results compared to payment for actions
  • Valuation of coastal and marine ecosystem services in the context of future management and human health & wellbeing
  • Applying economic methods to assist with conservation management decisions
  • Role of nature, green space and blue space in human health and wellbeing
  • Methods: discrete choice experiments and choice modelling; contingent valuation and agent-based modelling

Current Research Projects

  • Use of Environmental / Nature Markets as a tool to mobilise private financing of nature-based solutions in response to the global climate and biodiversity crisis. 
  • Development of novel ecological-economic models of land use change under alternative environmental market design scenarios and varying policy designs (including incentive mechanisms).
  • Application of discrete choice experiment surveys to understand the effect of changing UK gambling legislation on gambling expenditure and other goods and services.
  • Understanding the value of ecosystem goods and services in the coastal and marine environment to assist with marine protected area / reserve design and designation.

Previous Research

  • Optimising biodiversity offset markets for economic and ecological benefits. Drawing from pollution trading literature and the USA wetland mitigation banking market, I developed a framework of key design parameters for successful biodiversity offset markets. Through the construction of a comprehensive ecological-economic modelling framework, examined how variations in these design parameters influence real-world landscape outcomes.  
  • I have extensively studied the role of stated policy and payment consequentiality and the role of prior knowledge, information and learning within stated preference survey design and effects on respondent willingness to pay.
  • Application of discrete choice experiments to provide evidence to the EU Commission on the valuation and implementation of alternative management measures for the marine environment.

Funding

Designing Biodiversity Markets for Nature Recovery (2022) NERC.  Co-Investigator. Award value: £19,734

Rewarding landowners and land managers for conserving biodiversity (2022) NERC. Co-Investigator. Award value: £48,572

Effect: Environmental public goods From Farming through Effective Contract Targeting (2019 – 2023). EU H2020. Named Researcher. U of G funding share: euro 448,500.

Biodiversity offset markets for wetland conservation (2017 – 2019) Leverhulme Trust. Named Researcher. Award value: £108,000

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Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2014
Number of items: 20.

2023

Bush, A., Simpson, K. H. and Hanley, N. (2023) Systematic nature positive markets. Conservation Biology, (doi: 10.1111/cobi.14216) (PMID:37937469) (Early Online Publication)

Nuvey, F. S., Hanley, N. , Simpson, K. , Haydon, D. T. , Hattendorf, J., Mensah, G. I., Addo, K. K., Bonfoh, B., Zinsstag, J. and Fink, G. (2023) Farmers’ valuation and willingness to pay for vaccines to protect livestock resources against priority infectious diseases in Ghana. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 219, 106028. (doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2023.106028) (PMID:37774497)

Simpson, K. , Armsworth, P. R., Dallimer, M., Nthambi, M. , de Vries, F. P. and Hanley, N. (2023) Improving the ecological and economic performance of agri-environment schemes: payment by modelled results versus payment for actions. Land Use Policy, 130, 106688. (doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2023.106688)

2022

Simpson, K. , de Vries, F., Dallimer, M., Armsworth, P. R. and Hanley, N. (2022) Ecological and economic implications of alternative metrics in biodiversity offset markets. Conservation Biology, 36(5), e13906. (doi: 10.1111/cobi.13906) (PMID:35288986)

Ankamah-Yeboah, I., Armstrong, C. W., Hynes, S., Xuan, B. B. and Simpson, K. (2022) Assessing public preferences for deep sea ecosystem conservation: a choice experiment in Norway and Scotland. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 11(2), pp. 113-132. (doi: 10.1080/21606544.2021.1924286)

2021

Hynes, S., Armstrong, C. W., Xuan, B. B., Ankamah-Yeboah, I., Simpson, K. , Tinch, R. and Ressurreição, A. (2021) Have environmental preferences and willingness to pay remained stable before and during the global Covid-19 shock? Ecological Economics, 189, 107142. (doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107142)

Simpson, K. H. , de Vries, F., Dallimer, M., Armsworth, P. R. and Hanley, N. (2021) Understanding the performance of biodiversity offset markets: evidence from an integrated ecological - economic model. Land Economics, 97(4), pp. 836-857. (doi: 10.3368/le.97.4.030420-0032R)

Xuan, B. B., Armstrong, C. W., Ankamah‐Yeboah, I., Hynes, S. and Needham, K. (2021) Valuing high seas ecosystem conservation. Conservation Biology, 35(5), pp. 1405-1416. (doi: 10.1111/cobi.13720) (PMID:33592121)

Hynes, S., Ankamah Yeboah, I., O'Neill, S., Needham, K., Xuan, B. B. and Armstrong, C. (2021) The impact of nature documentaries on public environmental preferences and willingness to pay: entropy balancing and the blue planet II effect. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 64(8), pp. 1428-1456. (doi: 10.1080/09640568.2020.1828840)

Ison, S., Ison, T., Marti-Puig, P., Needham, K., Tanner, M. K. and Roberts, J.M. (2021) Tourist preferences for seamount conservation in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 602767. (doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.602767)

Simpson, K. , Hanley, N. , Armsworth, P., de Vries, F. and Dallimer, M. (2021) Incentivising biodiversity net gain with an offset market. Q Open, 1(1), qoab004. (doi: 10.1093/qopen/qoab004)

2020

Larsen, F., Hopcraft, J. G. C. , Hanley, N. , Hongoa, J. R., Hynes, S., Loibook, M., Mafuru, G., Needham, K. and Morrison, T. A. (2020) Wildebeest migration drives tourism demand in the Serengeti. Biological Conservation, 248, 108688. (doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108688)

McDougall, C. W., Hanley, N. , Quilliam, R. S., Needham, K. and Oliver, D. M. (2020) Valuing inland blue space: a contingent valuation study of two large freshwater lakes. Science of the Total Environment, 715, 136921. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136921) (PMID:32032988)

Needham, K. and Hanley, N. (2020) Prior knowledge, familiarity and stated policy consequentiality in contingent valuation. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 9(1), pp. 1-20. (doi: 10.1080/21606544.2019.1611481)

2019

Needham, K., de Vries, F. P., Armsworth, P. R. and Hanley, N. (2019) Designing markets for biodiversity offsets: lessons from tradable pollution permits. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56(6), pp. 1429-1435. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13372)

Armstrong, C. W., Vondolia, G. K., Foley, N. S., Henry, L.-A., Needham, K. and Ressurreição, A. (2019) Expert assessment of risks posed by climate change and anthropogenic activities to ecosystem services in the deep North Atlantic. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 158. (doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00158)

Needham, K. and Hanley, N. (2019) Valuing a managed realignment scheme: what are the drivers of public willingness to pay? Ocean and Coastal Management, 170, pp. 29-39. (doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.12.015)

2018

Murray, F. et al. (2018) Data challenges and opportunities for environmental management of North Sea oil and gas decommissioning in an era of blue growth. Marine Policy, 97, pp. 130-138. (doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.05.021)

Needham, K., Czajkowski, M., Hanley, N. and LaRiviere, J. (2018) What is the causal impact of information and knowledge in stated preference studies? Resource and Energy Economics, 54, pp. 69-89. (doi: 10.1016/j.reseneeco.2018.09.001)

2014

Foley, N. S. et al. (2014) Developing a comparative marine socio-economic framework for the European Atlantic Area. Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, 2014(1), 3. (doi: 10.15351/2373-8456.1007)

This list was generated on Thu Jun 13 16:58:27 2024 BST.
Jump to: Articles
Number of items: 20.

Articles

Bush, A., Simpson, K. H. and Hanley, N. (2023) Systematic nature positive markets. Conservation Biology, (doi: 10.1111/cobi.14216) (PMID:37937469) (Early Online Publication)

Nuvey, F. S., Hanley, N. , Simpson, K. , Haydon, D. T. , Hattendorf, J., Mensah, G. I., Addo, K. K., Bonfoh, B., Zinsstag, J. and Fink, G. (2023) Farmers’ valuation and willingness to pay for vaccines to protect livestock resources against priority infectious diseases in Ghana. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 219, 106028. (doi: 10.1016/j.prevetmed.2023.106028) (PMID:37774497)

Simpson, K. , Armsworth, P. R., Dallimer, M., Nthambi, M. , de Vries, F. P. and Hanley, N. (2023) Improving the ecological and economic performance of agri-environment schemes: payment by modelled results versus payment for actions. Land Use Policy, 130, 106688. (doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2023.106688)

Simpson, K. , de Vries, F., Dallimer, M., Armsworth, P. R. and Hanley, N. (2022) Ecological and economic implications of alternative metrics in biodiversity offset markets. Conservation Biology, 36(5), e13906. (doi: 10.1111/cobi.13906) (PMID:35288986)

Ankamah-Yeboah, I., Armstrong, C. W., Hynes, S., Xuan, B. B. and Simpson, K. (2022) Assessing public preferences for deep sea ecosystem conservation: a choice experiment in Norway and Scotland. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 11(2), pp. 113-132. (doi: 10.1080/21606544.2021.1924286)

Hynes, S., Armstrong, C. W., Xuan, B. B., Ankamah-Yeboah, I., Simpson, K. , Tinch, R. and Ressurreição, A. (2021) Have environmental preferences and willingness to pay remained stable before and during the global Covid-19 shock? Ecological Economics, 189, 107142. (doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107142)

Simpson, K. H. , de Vries, F., Dallimer, M., Armsworth, P. R. and Hanley, N. (2021) Understanding the performance of biodiversity offset markets: evidence from an integrated ecological - economic model. Land Economics, 97(4), pp. 836-857. (doi: 10.3368/le.97.4.030420-0032R)

Xuan, B. B., Armstrong, C. W., Ankamah‐Yeboah, I., Hynes, S. and Needham, K. (2021) Valuing high seas ecosystem conservation. Conservation Biology, 35(5), pp. 1405-1416. (doi: 10.1111/cobi.13720) (PMID:33592121)

Hynes, S., Ankamah Yeboah, I., O'Neill, S., Needham, K., Xuan, B. B. and Armstrong, C. (2021) The impact of nature documentaries on public environmental preferences and willingness to pay: entropy balancing and the blue planet II effect. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 64(8), pp. 1428-1456. (doi: 10.1080/09640568.2020.1828840)

Ison, S., Ison, T., Marti-Puig, P., Needham, K., Tanner, M. K. and Roberts, J.M. (2021) Tourist preferences for seamount conservation in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7, 602767. (doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.602767)

Simpson, K. , Hanley, N. , Armsworth, P., de Vries, F. and Dallimer, M. (2021) Incentivising biodiversity net gain with an offset market. Q Open, 1(1), qoab004. (doi: 10.1093/qopen/qoab004)

Larsen, F., Hopcraft, J. G. C. , Hanley, N. , Hongoa, J. R., Hynes, S., Loibook, M., Mafuru, G., Needham, K. and Morrison, T. A. (2020) Wildebeest migration drives tourism demand in the Serengeti. Biological Conservation, 248, 108688. (doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108688)

McDougall, C. W., Hanley, N. , Quilliam, R. S., Needham, K. and Oliver, D. M. (2020) Valuing inland blue space: a contingent valuation study of two large freshwater lakes. Science of the Total Environment, 715, 136921. (doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136921) (PMID:32032988)

Needham, K. and Hanley, N. (2020) Prior knowledge, familiarity and stated policy consequentiality in contingent valuation. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 9(1), pp. 1-20. (doi: 10.1080/21606544.2019.1611481)

Needham, K., de Vries, F. P., Armsworth, P. R. and Hanley, N. (2019) Designing markets for biodiversity offsets: lessons from tradable pollution permits. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56(6), pp. 1429-1435. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13372)

Armstrong, C. W., Vondolia, G. K., Foley, N. S., Henry, L.-A., Needham, K. and Ressurreição, A. (2019) Expert assessment of risks posed by climate change and anthropogenic activities to ecosystem services in the deep North Atlantic. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6, 158. (doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00158)

Needham, K. and Hanley, N. (2019) Valuing a managed realignment scheme: what are the drivers of public willingness to pay? Ocean and Coastal Management, 170, pp. 29-39. (doi: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2018.12.015)

Murray, F. et al. (2018) Data challenges and opportunities for environmental management of North Sea oil and gas decommissioning in an era of blue growth. Marine Policy, 97, pp. 130-138. (doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2018.05.021)

Needham, K., Czajkowski, M., Hanley, N. and LaRiviere, J. (2018) What is the causal impact of information and knowledge in stated preference studies? Resource and Energy Economics, 54, pp. 69-89. (doi: 10.1016/j.reseneeco.2018.09.001)

Foley, N. S. et al. (2014) Developing a comparative marine socio-economic framework for the European Atlantic Area. Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, 2014(1), 3. (doi: 10.15351/2373-8456.1007)

This list was generated on Thu Jun 13 16:58:27 2024 BST.

Grants

Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • Rewarding landowners and land managers for conserving biodiversity
    Natural Environment Research Council
    2022 - 2022
     

Supervision

I am always interested in setting up new collaborations, across the fields of environmental and health economics. Please feel free to contact me to discuss ideas. 

Teaching

BIOL5325 - Economic Tools for Conservation (2019 onwards)

Choice Experiments for Health Economics 2023/24 (2023-24)

Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Conservation (2020 onwards)

Applying Ecology (Conservation and Management of Populations) (2023-24)

Business and the Biosciences (2023-24)