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.
Nigel 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.
Nigel contributes to various modules across our university faculties. He leads his own class in New Testament exegesis.
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
Cooper, NS. editor 1999. John Ray and his Successors: the clergyman as biologist John Ray Trust, Braintree (252pp)
Cooper, NS and RCJ Carling (eds) 1996. Ecologists and Ethical Judgements. London, Chapman and Hall. (xiii + 165pp)
Cooper, NS 1995. Wildlife conservation in churchyards: a case-study in ethical judgements. Biodiversity and Conservation 4, 916-928