Professor Jouni Paavola

Professor Jouni Paavola


I am Professor of Environmental Social Science and Director of Research and Innovation in the School of Earth and Environment, and Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) in Leeds.

My research examines environmental governance institutions and their environmental, economic and social justice implications from ecological economics and institutional economics points of view, with a focus on climate change and biodiversity. I have published my research in journals such as Science, Nature Climate Change, Ecology and Society, Ecological Economics and Energy Policy.

I am a member of the UKRI Strategic Advisory Board of the National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Research (NICER) programme and was a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA) in 2008-2016. I am also Section Editor of Global Sustainability, Deputy Assistant Editor of Climatic Change and member of the editorial boards of Ecological EconomicsEnvironmental Policy and Governance.

Before joining SRI in 2006, I was Senior Research Associate in the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE) at the University of East Anglia and Research Fellow in the Oxford Centre for the Environment, Ethics and Society (OCEES) at Mansfield College. I completed an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Resource Development (Environmental and Development Studies) in 2000 at Michigan State University in the United States. Earlier I was Senior Researcher at Tampere University of Technology in Finland.


  • Director of Research and Innovation of the School of Earth & Environment
  • Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)
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Student education

I manage and mostly deliver the Environmental Economics and Policy module and contribute to the research project module at the Master's level.

Current PhD students

  • Ivan Villaverde Canosa, Voices from the frontline: climate change, wildfire, and adaptation in the Russian Arctic (at School of Geography, with James Ford and Robbert Biesbroek)
  • Marta Baltruszewicz, Living well within the limits at the household level: case studies from four countries (with Julia Steinberger and Anne Owen)
  • Ruth Joo, Korean and EU Emissions Trading Schemes and the Prospects for International Linking (with James Van Alstine)
  • Josiane Kakeu, The impact of multiplicity of environmental agreements on REDD+ performance in the Congo Basin: The Case of Cameroon (with Monica Di Gregorio)
  • Zheng-Hong Kong, From Land Degradation to Sustainable Land Management in China? (at York University, with Lindsay Stringer)
  • Seunghan Lee, The Development of National Adaptation Strategies and Policies: An International Comparison (with Suraje Dessai)
  • Angela Small, Corporate sustainability and ecosystem services (with Sally Russell)

Completed PhD students

  • Augustin Entonu, Unravelling international and Nigerian gas governance (2021,Co-supervised with Lindsay Stringer)
  • Zexiang Wang, Emission Trading in the European Union and China: A Comparison of System Resilience (2021, Co-supervised with Stephen Hall)
  • Harriet Thew, Youth participation in climate change governance (2020, Co-supervised with Lucie Middlemiss)
  • Anna Antonova, EU Marine Governance, Contestation and Conservation in Narratives of Wildness on the Bulgarian Black Sea and Yorkshire Coasts (2020, co-supervised with Fiona Becket)
  • Muriel Bonjean Stanton, Knowledge use in climate change adaptation in Europe (2019, Co-supervised with Suraje Dessai)
  • Tom Smith, Private actors and market approaches to biodiversity management in Latin America (2018, Co-supervised with George Holmes).
  • Ross Gillard; Governance of rapid transitions in mitigation of and adaptation to climate change (2018, Co-supervised with Andrew Gouldson and James van Alstine).
  • Adrian Fenton, Climate change adaptation and microfinance: A potential win-win scenario? (2017, Co-supervised with Dr Anne Tallontire).
  • Emmanuel Kwayu, The Role of Payments for Ecosystem Services on Poverty Alleviation and Watershed Conservation in Tanzania (2016, Co-supervised with Dr Susannah Sallu).
  • Susanne Lorenz, Uncertainties in climate predictions and their consequences for adaptation strategies (2015, co-supervised with Prof Suraje Dessai and Prof Piers Forster).
  • Prasanna Rajapakshe, Demand and benefits of water provision and quality in the North Central Province, Sri Lanka (2015, co-supervised with Prof Mette Termansen).
  • Mireia Pecurul Botines, Institutions and Interplay in Multi-level Governance of Biodiversity (2015, co-supervised with Dr Monica di Gregorio).
  • Rachel Berman, Transforming climate change coping capacity into adaptive capacity in Uganda? (2014, co-supervised with Dr Claire Quinn).
  • Olivia Rendon, Ecosystem Services from the National System of Protected Areas of Honduras. (2014, Co-supervised with Dr Martin Dallimer).
  • Dr Jose Octavio Velazquez Gomar, Institutional interactions among biodiversity-related conventions: How interplay management can improve global environmental governance (2014; co-supervised with Prof Lindsay Stringer)
  • Monirul Islam, Vulnerability and Adaptation of Fishing Communities to the Impacts of Climate Variability and Change: Insights from Coastal Bangladesh (2013, co-supervised with Dr Susannah Sallu).
  • Krzysztof Niedzialkowski, Institutional Dynamics of Nature Conservation in Poland (2013, co-supervised with Prof Bogumila Jadrzejewska from the Mammal Research Institute of Poland).
  • Na’ama Teschner, Integrated transitions toward sustainability: water scarcity and energy security in Israel (2013, co-supervised with Prof Adrian MacDonald).
  • Zografos, Christos. Economic Behavior and Eolic Conflict. (2008; Based at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; co-supervised with Prof Joan Martinez-Alier).

Areas for PhD supervision:

I welcome queries on doctoral dissertation projects on topics such as:

  • Climate change governance
  • Impacts of and vulnerability and adaptation to climate change
  • Governance of biodiversity and ecosystem service provision
  • Social justice in environmental matters

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainability Research Institute
  • Economics and Policy for Sustainability

Current postgraduate researchers

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