Nigel’s research is in the area of the philosophy of nature conservation and environmentalism. His current focus is on the valuation of ecosystem services, particularly from the perspective of Critical Discourse Analysis.
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Nigel joined the Global Sustainability Institute as a Visiting Fellow in 2014. He was the University Chaplain for Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge from 2005 to his retirement in 2022. He is now chaplain to the Chapel at Churchill College, Cambridge.
Nigel has combined his ecological and church interests in four main ways.
Nigel contributes to various modules across our university faculties. While Chaplain, he led his own class in New Testament exegesis.
Tinch, R., Beaumont, N., Sunderland, T., ... Cooper, N., … Vause, J., Ziv, G. Economic valuation of ecosystem goods and services: a review for decision makers. Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2019, 8(4), pp. 359–378
Cooper, Nigel and Patrick Curry. 2019. Christianity and nature. Ecological Citizen 3 (1). 59-62
Cooper, N. 2018. Examining evidence of how a culture values nature, particularly its spiritual value. Pages 239-266 in Sustainability and Humanities, Walter Leal Filho and Adriana Consorte-McCrea (eds.) In: Springer’s World Sustainability Series
Cooper, N., Brady, E., Steen, H. and Bryce, R., 2016. Aesthetic and spiritual values of ecosystems: Recognising the ontological and axiological plurality of cultural ecosystem ‘services’. Ecosystem Services, 21, pp.218-229.
Cooper, Nigel (2016): Ecosystem services and spirituality. In: Potschin, M., Haines-Young, R., Fish, R. and Turner, R.K. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge, London and New York, pp 352-353
Kenter, Jasper O., Liz O'Brien, Neal Hockley, Neil Ravenscroft, Ioan Fazey, Katherine N. Irvine, Mark S. Reed, Michael Christie, Emily Brady, Rosalind Bryce, Andrew Church, Nigel Cooper, Althea Davies, Anna Evely, Mark Everard, Robert Fish, Janet A. Fisher, Niels Jobstvogt, Claire Molloy, Johanne Orchard-Webb, Susan Ranger, Mandy Ryan, Verity Watson, Susan Williams, 2015. What are shared and social values of ecosystems? Ecological Economics 111 (2015) 86–99
Kenter, J.O., Reed, M. S., Everard, M., Irvine, K.N., O'Brien, E., Molloy, C., Brady, E., Bryce, R., Christie, M., Church, A., Collins, T., Cooper, N., Davies, A., Edwards, D., Evely, A., Fazey, I., Goto, R., Hockley, N., Jobstvogt, N., Orchard-Webb, J., Ravenscroft, N., Ryan, M., Watson, V. (2014) Shared, Plural and Cultural Values: A handbook for decision-makers. UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on phase, technical report. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge.
Kenter, J.O., Reed, M. S., Irvine, K.N., O'Brien, E., Brady, E., Bryce, R., Christie, M., Church, A., Cooper, N., Davies, A., Hockley, N., Fazey, I., Jobstvogt, N., Molloy, C., Orchard-Webb, J., Ravenscroft, N., Ryan, M., Watson, V. (2014) Shared, Plural and Cultural Values of Ecosystems. UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on phase, technical report. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge.
Cooper, N 2012. The history of English churchyard landscapes illustrated by Rivenhall, Essex. in Pungetti, G., G. Oviedo & D. Hooke, Sacred Species and Sites, Cambridge University Press
Gardiner, T, M Gardiner & N Cooper 2011. Grasshopper strips prove effective in enhancing grasshopper abundance in Rivenhall Churchyard, Essex, England. Conservation Evidence 8, 31-37
Cooper, Nigel 2007. Gilbert White and the Natural Theology of Selborne. The Linnean 23(3), 29-44
Cooper, NS 2001. Wildlife in Church and Churchyard: plants animals and their management (2nd expanded ed). London, Church House Publishing. (xi + 83pp)
Cooper, NS. 2000. How natural is a nature reserve? The ideology of nature conservation landscapes. Biodiversity and Conservation 9, 1131-1152
Cooper, NS. 2000. Speaking and Listening to Nature: ethics within ecology. Biodiversity and Conservation 9, 1009-1027