Ian J. Bateman is Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) at the University of Exeter, UK. He also holds professorships in Australia and New Zealand and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit award (awarded 2011 for five years) and is a Member of the H.M. Treasury and UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Natural Capital Committee. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee, the Environment Agency Long-Term Investment Scenarios Development Group and the NERC Strategic Programme Advisory Group.
Ian was formerly the only economist on the Defra Science Advisory Council and Head of Economics for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and led the economics component of the second phase of the UK-NEA. He has been Principle Investigator of over 70 major research grants bringing together public and private sector funding in excess of £30 million. Ongoing grants include leadership of the NERC South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP), which unites multiple business and policy decision-makers with research experts.
Ian has been or is advisor or consultant to: Defra, DfT, DoH, NICE, OECD and numerous other bodies. He is also the Editor of the leading journal Environmental and Resource Economics. His main research interests revolve around the issue of ensuring sustainable well-being through the integration of natural and social science knowledge. He has particular skills in the fields of quantitative analysis as well as the valuation of non-market benefits and costs.
Ian has written over 130 peer-reviewed journal papers and a large number of book chapters and books. He has written or edited more than a dozen books and over 100 chapters in books. He was awarded an Order of the British Empire in 2013 for services to environmental science and policy.