The GSI has benefited from working in collaboration with various Visiting Staff from across a range of academic disciplines and vocational backgrounds. Visiting status is conferred by the Faculty, and all staff sit within one of our three key research themes.
Prof Victor Anderson works on the politics and economics of sustainability. Currently his main project is contributing research on political institutions for the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP). He is also investigating the implications of the concept of "natural capital" as part of the Debating Nature's Value network.
Victor has previously worked as an economist for the UK Sustainable Development Commission, a government advisory body in Whitehall, and for the World Wildlife Fund, an environmental NGO. He has worked at the House of Commons as a researcher for MPs, and was an elected politician for three years as a member of the London Assembly, also being appointed Environment Advisor to the Mayor and a Board member of the business-led London Development Agency. He is the author of two books, ‘Alternative Economic Indicators’ and ‘Energy Efficiency Policies’, and hopes that his work on CUSP will result in the third.
Rev Canon Nigel Cooper joined the Global Sustainability Institute as a Visiting Fellow in 2014. He has been the University Chaplain for Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge since 2005, a post he still holds. He was rector of Rivenhall and Silver End, Essex, for many years before that, and a visiting fellow at Essex University. Nigel is an Honorary Canon of Ely Cathedral.
Nigel has combined his ecological and church interests in four main ways: Ecological consultant to the Church of England; Promoting general environmental awareness and behaviour; Encouraging a spiritual approach to nature and has led ‘nature and spirit’ retreats, and; Research into the philosophy of nature conservation and related topics.
Dr Panayiotis G. Dimitrakopoulos studied environmental sciences in the Department of Environment of the University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece. He obtained his Ph.D. degree on the relationship between biodiversity, fire, and ecosystem processes in the Mediterranean grasslands, from the University of the Aegean in 2001. His postdoctoral research on the effects of biotope space on the biodiversity-ecosystem functioning relationship is carried out in the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, and is funded from the European Science Foundation (LINKECOL program). He was elected to the position of Assistant professor in the Department of Environment, University of the Aegean in 2004, Associate professor in 2011 and Professor of Functional Ecology in 2018. He has served as a Head of Department from 2014 to 2018.
He has experience in biodiversity effects on ecosystem processes in Mediterranean ecosystems. His research also focuses on serpentine ecology, biodiversity conservation and planning, and conservation policy. He has served as President of the Hellenic Ecological Society (2012-2014), and he is a member of the National Committee for the Protected Areas Management of Greece (2010-today). He has participated in 15 national and European research projects. He serves as a member of editorial board of The Scientific World Journal (Ecology Domain, Hindawi Publishing Corporation), review editor in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, and referee for more than 40 journals. He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and he has co-authored the Greek version of the book entitled A Primer of Conservation Biology (with R.B. Primack and M. Arianoutsou).
In the 1960s Dr Robert (Bob) Evans counted sheep for two years in the Peak District: there were too many of them and they created bare soil and caused erosion. Bob came to Cambridge in late 1968 to research the use of remote sensing techniques for mapping soils. So started a lifetime of monitoring soil erosion in the UK. Much of the work on erosion in Britain was initiated by a short paper published by Bob in 1971. In the mid-1980s he organised a scheme monitoring water erosion of arable land in 17 localities in lowland England and Wales. Because, uniquely, there has been much monitoring of erosion in farmers’ fields in Britain, we can compare that information with modelled information and have discovered that models overstate erosion.
Bob has been an independent consultant since the late 1980s, most of that time also being a Research or Visiting Fellow in Cambridge Universities. He has worked with government departments, the Environment Agency, a major NGO, companies, farmers and the NFU and on university research contracts, as well as being an expert witness in court. His work in the uplands helped bring about changes in national grazing policy and he was an advisor to the Royal Commission on environmental pollution when it produced its report on Sustainable Use of Soil in 1996. Bob now considers that soil erosion, although a problem over the long-term (in causing the loss of a resource) and short-term (causing pollution of water courses by sediment), nutrients and pesticides transported from the land in runoff is the more pressing issue.
Dr Michael Green is a Principal Consultant in Environment and Infrastructure at AMEC Foster Wheeler, specialising in climate change adaptation and resilience planning. He is an economist and environmental scientist with technical expertise in future forecasting, option appraisal, adaptive management and decision making under uncertainty. He has considerable experience designing and undertaking climate risk and resilience assessments at the national and international level, supporting climate policy development and implementation, evaluating technical innovation measures and strategies and facilitating stakeholder engagement. He currently leads and supports several projects relating to climate adaptation and decision making covering a broad range of industrial sectors including water, energy, environment and urban planning. Comprising environmental modelling of extreme weather events, socio-economic analysis of critical infrastructure and participatory modelling and decision making. He has published several journals articles relating to probabilistic climate modelling, decision making and resource demand management, he is regularly invited to present at national and international conferences and is an expert scientific reviewer for the British Council and the Journal of Climate Risk Management.
He obtained his PhD in climate change adaptation and water resource management from Cranfield University, funded by EPSRC and HR Wallingford though an industrial partnership. He also holds an MSc in River Basin Dynamics and Management with GIS from the University of Leeds, funded by NERC and accredited by CIWEM. He is a member of the UKCP18 Non-Governmental User Group which are responsible for producing the next generation of national climate change projections for the UK. He is also a member of various professional networks including the Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change (ARCC) network and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute, based in Cambridge. Currently, he sits on the advisory board of several national and European projects, covering a broad range of sectors and foci, but increasingly adopting a cross-sectoral perspective. Dr Michael Green is an experienced coordinator of several large European projects and has previously undertaken projects on behalf of the Environment Agency and Defra, as well as a wide range of private and public sector clients.
Dario Kenner joined the Consumption & Change theme of the Global Sustainability Institute as a Visiting Fellow in April 2015.
Before joining the Institute, he did research on the World Bank at the Bretton Woods Project, worked on environmental issues with indigenous movements in Bolivia and monitored projects in Latin America for CAFOD.
In 2013 Dario launched the website whygreeneconomy.org as a space to discuss the political and economic policies that should be implemented to address energy, the environment climate change and biodiversity loss, as we move towards a more sustainable model on a finite planet.
David Key joined the GSI in May 2017, under the Education for Sustainability research theme. He is a consultant, group facilitator, teacher and mentor specialising in ecopsychology - the psychology of the human / nature relationship.
Dave has a background in outdoor education and psychology. His special interest is in the ways experiences of nature can be powerfully transformative. His professional practice is mainly through the design and delivery of outdoor-based programmes for sustainability leadership and the design and facilitation of therapeutic outdoor experiences. He has also taught and researched extensively in the academic sector.
Over the last 20 years Dave has worked with clients such as WWF, The Australian Conservation Foundation, the Scottish Government and the EU, as well as with numerous academic institutions and private individuals seeking professional development. Find out more at www.ecoself.net.
Nick joined the GSI as a Visiting Researcher in October 2018, and will be working closely with Roberto Pasqualino on the regional application of the World3 model. An early research aim will be to apply World3 to New Zealand as a standalone model, to assess environmental and economic risks under different future scenarios.
Nick has an academic background in the earth and environmental sciences, and has over ten years professional working experience in applied environmental science. During this time, Nick has worked for multination consulting firms in the UK and New Zealand in the field of environmental pollution assessment and control, and also spent more than five years as a specialist engineer in the UK civil nuclear decommissioning industry, remediating and dismantling legacy nuclear sites. Nick is joining the GSI to explore an interest in global risk modelling, and to apply his professional knowledge and experience including risk modelling, in this field.
Dr. Chrisovalantis (Valadis) Malesios is a Mathematical-Statistician, and is occupied as a teaching fellow at the Department of Environment, Aegean University been teaching tutorials in the fields of statistics and econometrics. Currently Valadis is on an educational leave from his institution and is affiliated with the Aston University, Aston Business School, working as a postdoctoral Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow.
He has worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Agricultural Development, Democritus Univ. of Thrace for 9 years and as a statistician at the Institute of Statistical Research Analysis and Documentation (I.S.R.A.D.) of Athens University of Economics. He has published over 50 papers in international refereed journals such as: Statistics in Medicine, Ecological Indicators, PLοS ONE, Business Strategy and the Environment, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Socio-Economics, European Societies and South European Society and Politics.
Richard Murphy is a UK based chartered accountant. He has been Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City, University of London since 2015. Richard previously co-founded the Tax Justice Network, and was then director of Tax Research LLP. He co-founded the Green New Deal Group and the Fair Tax Mark. His summary CV is available here.
Having worked and campaigned on tax, environmental and political economic issues for almost two decades Richard is returning to his first love of accountancy to direct the Corporate Accountability Network from November 2019. He worked as an accountant for the first two decades of his career, much of it as senior partner of a firm of chartered accountants, but also as a director of a number of entrepreneurial companies. He still holds a practicing certificate from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Dr John L. Stevenson was awarded a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, from the Imperial College of Science and Technology - then a part of the University of London - in 1973. John worked on technical and commercial assignments for British Telecom (1970-1978) and at INTELSAT (Washington D.C., 1979-1999), before becoming CTO of Orblynx Inc. and Director of Systems Planning for Astrolink LLC, both in the U.S. He has long held an interest in issues of sustainability and their international implications, all based upon a review of the original Limits to Growth research undertaken at M.I.T. and broadcast in circa 1980.
Over the past decade John has undertaken two lines of professional consultancy work, focused upon wireless telecom systems, and upon photographic image processing. In the first case, he specialised in the development of business case modeling and analytics. In the latter activity he is currently affiliated with Adobe Systems Inc., in the development of their Photoshop software product. He was invited to join the GSI as a Visiting Fellow in 2016, due to his skills in systems dynamic modelling and data interpretation.
Nick Tatchell joined the GSI in May 2019. He is currently a Senior Director at Willis Towers Watson, a global professional services firm. His background in Organisational Psychology led him into a career as an HR consultant, working with large UK and global clients on projects typically focusing on employee motivation, employee engagement and organisational culture.
He has consulted at Board level on how to measure and change company culture, identify drivers of employee motivation, and evaluate the behavioural drivers of business performance. A project for a global financial services organisation established a programme to measure its culture, delivering a regular series of metrics to its Board, and helping to create a more transparent and inclusive work environment. A project for a global law firm measured the impact of its programme to improve the retention of its female associates.
Nick’s experience in developing a deep understanding of behavioural drivers within organisations has combined with his fast-growing interest in issues of sustainability. His work at the GSI will therefore seek to identify the challenges associated with creating new patterns of pro-environmental personal behaviour, within the context of an organisation’s cultural norms and commercial priorities. It is expected to draw on and combine insight from the disciplines of Behavioural, Environmental and Organisational Psychology.
Dr Ian Wilkinson joined the GSI as a Visiting Fellow in April 2019 to pursue opportunities for publication, research and collaboration on the sustainable intensification in agriculture, with a particular interest in optimising the sustainability of small mixed farms.
Ian gained an honours degree in Applied Zoology with Agriculture and a PhD in insecticide resistance, both from Reading University. He went on to work for many years in research and consultancy, mostly in transport technology, helping national governments and the European Commission explore innovative ways of managing demand for road transport. During this time he also created and ran a series of businesses, latterly consulting on the role of corporate purpose in business performance. He is a former Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and Fellow of the Institute of Consulting.
In 2018 Ian gained a Masters in Sustainability from Anglia Ruskin University, completing a dissertation project on farmer identity and its relationship to pro-environmental behaviour. Subsequently he joined the RSPB to lead a research study into farmer attitudes to wildlife friendly farming and agri-environment scheme engagement. Currently he is helping to research cultural ecosystem services provided by the Celtic Rainforests of Wales as part of an EU-LIFE funded environmental restoration programme.
Linda is Director and Founder of Change The Law Ltd which was set up in 2004. It is a company limited by guarantee through which Linda does pro-bono work. The company works to contribute to the observance throughout the world of human rights as set out in the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (UDHR). She works to promote human rights as set out in the UDHR and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations and in regional codes of human rights which incorporate the rights contained in the UDHR and those subsequent conventions and declarations, throughout the world. From 2012 she has been providing consultancy to business around the UN Guiding Principles on human rights and working closely with organisations such as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Linda is looking to use this experience to capture some of the lessons and challenges of embedding human rights into business practice. This links to Sustainable Development Goals 5 (gender equality), 1 (no poverty), 8 (decent work), 10 (reduced inequalities) and 16 (justice).