School of Earth and Environment

Olivia Rendon Olivia Rendon

Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31635
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Room: 9.118

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


I have an interdisciplinary background in biology conservation and environmental economics, with an emphasis on non-monetary valuation, water and land use management, and ecosystem services.

Before joining SRI as a PhD student in 2009, I was based at the Geography department working on a NERC-ESPA project on "Capacity building for carbon and biodiversity-based payments for Ecosystem Services in the Peruvian Amazon". Previously I had worked for the Indian NGO CHIRAG in Central Himalayas, the NGO Fundacion Islas de la Bahia, the Environment Ministry of Honduras and the Honduran State University.

I am now a research fellow for the BASE EU FP7 project, and have taught Maths to undergraduates and Environmental Economics and Policy to Master students. I am also affiliated to water@leeds, an interdisciplinary centre for water research at Leeds University.


PhD Environmental Economics, University of Leeds

MPhil (Distinction) Environment, Society and Development, Cambridge University

PG Diploma Natural Resources Management and Conservation, DUMAC & Yucatan University, Mexico

BSc (Honours) Conservation Biology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras

Research Interests

Payment for ecosystem services; non-market valuation; ecosystem-based solutions; protected areas; water and land management; biodiversity & conservation



The BASE project is funded under the EUs 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7)


Water@Leeds Seedcorn Fund

Latin American and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP)

Fully-funded International Research Scholarship (FIRS), University of Leeds

Project outline

The EU research project "Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies Towards a Sustainable Europe" (BASE) supports action for sustainable climate change adaptation in Europe. BASE makes experiential and scientific information on adaptation meaningful, transferable and easily accessible to decision-makers at all levels.

Olivia's current research includes exploring different flood risk adaptation options for the city of Leeds, such as green infrastructure and ecosystem-based approaches. She also researches the barriers and drivers to the implementation of climate change adaptation across Europe.


Bunse, L., O. Rendon and S. Luque. 2015.What can deliberative approaches bring to the monetary valuation of ecosystem services? A literature review. Ecosystem Services 14: 88 - 97.

Rendon Thompson, O.R., J. Paavola, J. R. Healey, J. P.G. Jones, T. R. Baker, and J. Torres. 2013. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+): transaction costs of six Peruvian projects. Ecology and Society 18(1): 17.

Gonzalez-Socoloske D.,Taylor C.R., Rendon Thompson O.R. 2011. Distribution and conservation status of Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Honduras. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals 9 (2): 123-131.

Baker, T.R., J.P.G. Jones, O.R. Rendon Thompson, Rosa Maria Roman Cuesta, Dennis del Castillo, Ivis Chan Aguilar, Jorge Torres and John R. Healey. 2010. How can ecologists help realise the potential of payments for carbon in tropical forest countries? Journal of Applied Ecology, 47, 1159-1165