Jasper Kenter


Principal Investigator in Ecological Economics, Scottish Association for Marine ScienceJasper Kenter


PhD University of Aberdeen, Ecological Economics 2014

BSc Aberystwyth University, Conservation 2010

Research interests

I have a broad research interest covering ecological and environmental economics, ecosystem services (particularly cultural services), environmental psychology, ethics, conservation, sustainable development, and environment-spirituality links. My main research focus has been on deliberative and participatory approaches to valuing ecosystem services, using both monetary and non-monetary tools. I currently work as MERIKA Lecturer in Ecological Economics at the Scottish Association for Marine Science. For my ongoing cross-disciplinary research in the Solomon Islands on environmental values, I have also received prizes from the European Society for Ecological Economics, the Society for Conservation Biology and the Geographic Field Group. Before moving to the UK, I worked as an environmental campaigner in the Netherlands, Iceland and elsewhere.

Key research topics that I am interested in include:

  • Participatory, deliberative and action research methods
  • Deliberative and non-monetary valuation of the environment
  • Shared and cultural values of ecosystem services
  • Social-ecological systems and social-ecological resilience
  • Social and cultural cumulative impacts of renewable energy
  • Social, cultural and spiritual capital, and the links and interactions between natural capital and other capitals
  • Redefining economic prosperity and growth

Publications (selection)

  • Kenter, J.O. (forthcoming). Ecosystem Assessment: Deliberative and non-monetary valuation methods. In: Haines-Young, R., Potschin, M., Fish, R., Turner, R.K. (eds). Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge Handbook Series. Routledge.
  • Kenter, J.O. and Fazey, I. (in press). Conservation, culture, kids and cash crops in the Solomon Islands. In: Redpath, S. (ed). Conservation Conflicts. Cambridge University Press.
  • Raymond, C.M., Kenter, J.O., Plieninger, T., Turner, N., Alexander, K. (in press). Comparing instrumental and deliberative paradigms which underpin the assessment of social values for cultural ecosystem services. Ecological Economics.
  • Kenter, J.O., O'Brien, L., Hockley, N., Ravenscroft, N., Fazey, I., Irvine, K.N., Reed, M.S., Christie, M., Brady, E., Bryce, R., Church, A., Cooper, N., Davies, A., Evely, A., Everard, M., Fish, R., Fisher, J.A., Jobstvogt, N., Molloy, C., Orchard-Webb, J., Ranger, S., Ryan, M., Watson, V., Williams, S. (under review). What are shared and social values of ecosystems? Ecological Economics.
  • Albon, S., Turner, R.K., Watson, R., Anger-Kraavi, A., Bateman, I., Brown, I., Church, A., Dickie, I., Haines-Young, R., Kenter, J.O., Mee, L., Russel, D., Scott, A. et al. (2014) UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow on phase, synthesis 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) UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on phase. Work Package Report 6: Shared, Plural and Cultural Values of Ecosystems. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge.
  • Church, A., Fish, R., Haines-Young, R., Mourator, S., Tratalos, J., Stapleton, L., Willis, C., Coates, P., Gibbons, S., Leyshon, C., Potschin, M., Ravenscroft, N., Sanchis-Guarner, R., Winter, M., Kenter, J.O. (2014) UK National Ecosystem Assessment follow-on phase. Work Package Report 5: Cultural Ecosystem Services and Indicators. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge.
  • Kenter, J.O., Bryce, R., Davies, A., Jobstvogt, N., Watson, V., Ranger, S., Solandt, J.L., Duncan, C., Christie, M., Crump, H., Irvine, K.N., Pinard, M., Reed, M.S. (2013). The value of potential marine protected areas in the UK to divers and sea anglers. UK National Ecosystem Assessment interim report. UNEP-WCMC, Cambridge, UK.
  • Jobstvogt, N., Hanley, N., Hynes, S., Kenter, J.O., Witte, U. (2014). Twenty Thousand Sterling Under the Sea: Estimating the value of protecting deep-sea biodiversity. Ecological Economics 97, 10-19. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.10.019
  • Reed, M.S., Kenter, J.O., Bonn, A., Broad, K., Burt, T., Fazey, I., Fraser, E., Hubacek, K., Nainggolan, D., Quinn, C., Stringer, L. & Ravera, F. (2013) Participatory scenario development for environmental management: A methodological framework illustrated with experience from the UK uplands. Journal of Environmental Management, 128, 345-362. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.05.016
  • Christie, M., Fazey, I., Cooper, R., Hyde, T., Kenter, J.O. (2012). An Evaluation of Monetary and Non-monetary Techniques for Assessing the Importance of Biodiversity to People in Developing Countries. Ecological Economics 83, 69-80. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.08.012
  • Fazey, I., Pettorelli, N., Kenter, J.O., Wagatora, D., Schuett, D. (2011) Vulnerability and maladaptation in Makira, Solomon Islands. Global Environmental Change 21, 1275-1289. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.07.006.
  • Kenter, J.O., Hyde, T., Christie, M., Fazey, I. (2011). The importance of deliberation in valuing ecosystem services – evidence from the Solomon Islands. Global Environmental Change 21, 505-521. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.01.001.


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