School of Earth and Environment

Jouni Paavola Professor Jouni Paavola

Professor of Environmental Social Science; Director - ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics & Policy

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 36787
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Room: 9.103

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


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

My research examines environmental governance institutions and their environmental, economic and social justice implications, with a focus on climate change and biodiversity. I am leading the CCCEP second phase research theme on enabling rapid transitions in mitigation and adaptation. I have published my research in journals such as Science, Ecology and Society, Ecological Economics and Energy Policy, and I have co-edited books published by Blackwell, MIT Press and Routledge. I was member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency (EEA) in 2008-2016. I am member of the editorial boards of Ecological Economics, Environmental Policy and Governance, and a Section Editor of Global Sustainability, a new journal that Cambridge University Press has lauched in 2017.

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.

Research Interests

Current Projects

Current PhD students

  • Anna Antonova, EU Marine Governance, Contestation and Conservation in Narratives of Wildness on the Bulgarian Black Sea and Yorkshire Coasts (with Fiona Becket)
  • Marta Baltruszewicz, Living well within the limits at the household level: case studies from four countries (with Julia Steinberger and Anne Owen)
  • Muriel Bonjean Stanton, Knowledge use in climate change adaptation in Europe (with Suraje Dessai)
  • Augustin Entonu, Creating and enabling carbon markets in Africa (with Lindsay Stringer)
  • Ross Gillard; Governance of rapid transitions in mitigation of and adaptation to climate change (with Andrew Gouldson and 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)
  • Seunghan Lee, The Development of National Adaptation Strategies and Policies: An International Comparison (with Suraje Dessai)
  • Tom Smith, Private actors and market approaches to biodiversity management in Latin America (with George Holmes))
  • Zexiang Wang, A varieties of capitalism analysis of carbon markets in the EU and China (with Stephen Hall)

Completed PhD students

  • 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 Bogumiła Jędrzejewska 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