School of Earth and Environment

R.H. Bark Dr R.H. Bark


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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


Rosalind is an environmental economist. She is a European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Fellow, in the Sustainability Research Institute and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. Her fellowship research comprises six interlinked inquiries to assess opportunities for, and mechanisms to, mainstream natural flood risk management in U.K. catchments. Previously she was a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO (Land and Water Flagship), Brisbane, Australia and a PhD Research Assistant and post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. with a research focus on managing basin-scale water resources and water-dependent ecosystems in contested environments.


PhD (Major: Arid Lands Resource Sciences. Minor: Agricultural and Resource Economics), University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA

MSc in Enviornmental Economics and Resource Management, University College, University of London, London, UK

BA(Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Queen's College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Fellow, July 2015 - June 2017.

Research Interests

Her broad research interests focus thematically on water resources management in times of change. This has involved using non-market methods to monetarily value urban green space, instream flows and ecosystem services in water scarce environments, market-based instruments design as part of basin scale water resources management reform and restoration, as well as, using social science methods to better understand local and community values to incorporate in water planning frameworks. Her current Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship research is applied, interdisciplinary and has elements of co-production.

Teaching Interests



Rosalind won funding for and currently co-supervises with Professor Jouni Paavola, an undergraduate Research Experience Placement student, Viktoria Cologna, at the University of Leeds investigating narratives around the winter 2015-16 UK floods. She is also co-supervising with Professor Stephen Carver, Richard Mace, School of Geography.

She also co-supervises with Dr. Catherine Robinson, CSIRO, Kevin Wheeler, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford in one of his DPhil papers with a focus on the use of basin scale models in transboundary water management.

She co-supervises, with Professor Mark Morrison, Dr. Roderick Duncan and Professor Kevin Boyle, Buyani Thomy, School of Management and Marketing, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW, Australia, PhD research on valuing urban rivers using the hedonic property price method. Output: submitted paper currently in review.


She co-supervised a PhD paper from Dr. Eve Halper, Department of Geography and Regional Development, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA looking at the influence of urban green space and community swimming pools on domestic outdoor water use. Output: Halper et al., (2015).

She supervised and won funding for the AgroParisTech Master's internship of Julie Crabot to CSIRO, Brisbane lookign at policy indicators for biodiversity in OECD countries. Output: Bark and Crabot (2016).

Project details

Project title

Catchments under Pressure: Ecosystem Service Solutions (CuPESS)


Professor Jouni Paavola, University of Leeds

Professor Mike Acreman, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Ece Ozdemiroglu, eftec


European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action

Project outline

The CuPESS project has six interlinked inquiries to assess opportunities for, and mechanisms to, mainstream natural flood management in U.K. catchments.




Radio: Paul Hudson weather show (BBC Radio Leeds, York & Sheffield, 06/11/16)
Research fellow Dr Rosalind Bark (Earth and Environment) comments on flood management as international experts gather to discuss how to deal with the adverse weather.

PI on ESRC Festival of Social Science, 2016. or