envecon 2018 - Agenda


Keynote and Panel

John Curnow, Chief Economist, Defra will give the keynote speech on the messages of the 25 Year Environment Plan and shed light on what our community can do to help put it into practice.

The opening plenary will be an opportunity to hear about the reactions from three key stakeholder groups:

Agriculture: Rohit Kaushish, Economist, National Farmers Union
Nature conservation: Katie Bolt, Senior Economist, RSPB
Water: Martin Hurst, independent expert

The plenary will also be an opportunity to share reactions and responses from the audience.  The session will be chaired by Joe Grice, Chair of the ONS Economic Expert Working Group. 

Parallel Session 1: Natural Capital Accounting    

This session will showcase application natural capital accounting at national, organisational and issue levels. How to deal with the costs and benefits of restoration is relevant for the national and organisational accounts, given the importance of restoration actions. The session is particularly important to raise the profile of accounting as an input to decision making (for investment and management). The session is put together with and for ONS who is sponsoring the conference this year.

Parallel Session 2: Energy

This is a wider and longer term look than usual at the energy generation and policy. We have applications to Spain, OECD and non-OECD data sets. It’ll be a good opportunity to think about implications for the policy in the UK – in particular Clean Growth and Industrial Strategies; and to share experiences from the UK.

Parallel Session 3: Influencing Preferences   

This is going to be fun covering lived and watched experiences! We will see examples of how we can use preference and behavioural theories to better understand and influence preferences and behaviours. What this learning means for decision making (from investment appraisal to policy design) will be particularly interesting for the audiences.

Parallel Session 4: Land Use and Economic Appraisal  

Presentations in this session offer decision support tools / approaches / data to tackle the land use challenge. In order to avoid papers being too focused on frameworks and data in isolation of practice, it will be great if you could talk about these through the use of practical examples. This session is linked to Session 5 too, as changes to land use is potentially the biggest opportunity that could come out of Brexit.

envecon2018  Poster Session

Parallel Session 5: Environmental policy post-Brexit

The UKNEE seminar on this topic that took place in February 2017 was the most popular event we ever organised (other than envecon!). Although 25 Year Environment Plan has tried to address some of the concerns about the future of environmental policy, a lot of work is needed to put the plan into action. We are looking forward to a session that poses tough policy questions in interesting ways and point to potential solutions.

Parallel Session 6: Economic Valuation from Theory to Practice

In this year’s economic valuation session, we have a mix of academic and policy research. As the papers are about the water environment and energy sources, there will also be policy related delegates in the audience. Therefore, the links between the valuation theory you applied / tested and what they mean for policy will be emphasised.

Parallel Session 7:  Marine Environment 

You may be pleased to know that the selection process that resulted in this session was not inspired by Blue Planet II – even though we all, of course, love the programme and admire its influence across the society, including policy makers! Delegates will enjoy travelling from the UK to Fiji via the Netherlands. It will be good to see how different places and people can learn from each others’ experiences.

Parallel Session 8: Managing for Multiple Gains

The thread that links the presentations in this session is their aim to turn potential trade-offs into opportunities. They will invite us to think about insights from voluntary to compulsory management and reporting; the links between air pollution and crime (not one many of us have thought about before) and balancing the goals of managing assets for output and resilience. In all areas of environmental policy, we increasingly need to design for multiple gains for multiple stakeholders. The papers will be interesting examples of how we can address this challenge.  entre and Marble Hall)