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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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Projects 2004 2024

Research Output 2000 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)

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
5 Citations (Scopus)

The economic value of climate information in adaptation decisions: learning in the sea-level rise and coastal infrastructure context

Dawson, D., Hunt, A., Shaw, J. & Gehrels, R., 1 Aug 2018, In : Ecological Economics. 150, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
coastal protection
28 Downloads (Pure)

We must look further upstream to enable planetary health-literate urban development

Hunt, A., Black, D., Scally, G., Pilkington, P. & Orme, J., 1 Apr 2018, In : Lancet Planetary Health. 2, 4, p. e145-e146 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
academic research
urban development
urban planning and development
4 Citations (Scopus)

Conservation of grassland butterflies in Finland under a changing climate

Tainio, A., Heikkinen, R. K., Heliölä, J., Hunt, A., Watkiss, P., Fronzek, S., Leikola, N., Lötjönen, S., Mashkina, O. & Carter, T. R., Jan 2016, In : Regional Environmental Change. 16, 1, p. 71-84

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

buffer zone
48 Citations (Scopus)

The use of new economic decision support tools for adaptation assessment: a review of methods and applications, towards guidance on applicability

Watkiss, P., Hunt, A., Blyth, W. & Dyszynski, J., 1 Oct 2015, In : Climatic Change. 132, 3, p. 401-416 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

decision making
cost-benefit analysis
cost analysis
climate change


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