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Research interests

Beginning my working life as an economist in the UK Government Department of Environment, I have specialised in the Economics of the Environment at the University of Bath since 1998.  My research is applied and relates directly to the formulation of environmental policy.  I primarily work with inter-disciplinary research teams in Europe and around the world, and, for large donor organisations including the EC, OECD, World Bank and UNEP.  I recently co-ordinated the EC DG Research project: Economics of climate change adaptation in Europe (ECONADAPT).

Current areas of interest include climate change risks, adaptation and mitigation in local and national contexts, and; non-market valuation, with focus on stated preference methods and value transfer.

Current Research projects:

  • Wellcome Trust: Moving health and sustainability upstream into strategic urban development decision-making.
  • Urban Land Institute/New Climate Economics: Supporting Smart Urban Growth: Successful Investing in Density.
  • OECD: Socio-Economic Analysis of Chemicals: quantification and monetisation of morbidity and environmental impacts. 

My research is in Environmental Economics and my two main areas of research interest are Non-Market Valuation and Project/Policy Appraisal in the context of climate adaptation. Specific areas of interest include the following:

Non-Market Valuation:

  • Monetary valuation of disutility associated with morbidity and premature mortality
  • Energy and Transport-related externalities, including energy security
  • Green Accounting methods and applications
  • Monetary valuation of ecosystems
  • Economics of Crime

Project/Policy Appraisal:

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Portfolio analysis and Real Options analysis in Climate Change context  

I am Research Co-ordinator for the Department of Economics.

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Research Output

Costs and benefits of adaptation: "Economic appraisal of adaptation options for the agriculture sector"

Watkiss, P. & Hunt, A., 2 Jan 2019, Economic Tools and Methods for the Analysis of Global Change Impacts on Agriculture and Food Security. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, p. 131-148 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Embedding Preference Uncertainty for Environmental Amenities in Climate Change Economic Assessments: A “Random” Step Forward

Skourtos, M., Damigos, D., Kontogianni, A., Tourkolias, C. & Hunt, A., 31 Dec 2019, In : Economies. 7, 107, p. 1-22 22 p., 107.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Estimating environmental health costs: Valuation of children’s health impacts

Hunt, A., 5 Sep 2019, Encyclopedia of Environmental Health (2nd ed.). Nriagu, J. O. (ed.). France: Elsevier Masson, p. 734-745 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Moving Health Upstream in Urban Development: Reflections on the Operationalization of a Transdisciplinary Case Study

Black, D., Scally, G., Orme, J., Hunt, A., Pilkington, P., Lawrence, R. & Ebi, K., 30 Apr 2019, In : Global Challenges. 3, 1700103, p. 1 12 p., 1700103.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Protest treatment and its impact on the WTP and WTA estimates for theft and robbery in the UK

Ignacio Hernandez, J., Hunt, A., Pazzona, M. & Vasquez Lavın, F., 1 Apr 2018, In : Oxford Economic Papers. 70, 2, p. 468-484 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    Evaluating the Costs and Benefits of Tidal Range Energy Generation

    Author: Hooper, T., 31 Mar 2014

    Supervisor: Cooper, P. (Supervisor) & Hunt, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Fishing for Litter: A cost-benefit analysis of how to abate ocean plastics.

    Author: King, P., 7 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Hunt, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Masters ThesisMRes