My research interests are associated with measuring economic interventions (both cost and instruments) required to supply biodiversity through conservation programmes. This spans assessment of both Willingness to Pay (WTP) for conservation services and Willingness to Accept (WTA) conservation subsides. My primary interests in this area are:
Economic valuation (e.g. Choice Experiments)
Supply side costing (e.g. competitive tender)
Natural capital assessment
Payments for Environmental Services (PES)
Alongside I have also developed an explicit interest in agrobiodiversity conservation and in particular Payments for Agrobiodiversity Conservation Services (PACS). Inherently, my interests span both Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR) and Plant Genetic Resources (PGR) conservation.
I have worked on projects featuring both supply and demand side assessment of conservation services in the UK; St Vincent and the Grenadines; Romania and Zambia with a strong focus on developing countries.
During my career I have worked for a variety of organisations, including environmental and business focused positions. Please refer to my CV for more detailed review.
Active research projects:
Institutions, preferences and prospects: the case of rare breeds
Contract probabilities and preferences for Farm Animal Genetic Resources (FAnGR) conservation contracts
Payments for conserving Crop Wild Relatives (CWR)
Developing a diversity indicator for conservation priorities for UK cattle breeds
Competitive tender for UK cattle breeds
BEYNON, S. A., WAINWRIGHT, W. A., & CHRISTIE, M. (2015). The application of an ecosystem services framework to estimate the economic value of dung beetles to the U.K. cattle industry. Ecological Entomology, 40, 124–135. doi:10.1111/een.12240
Christie, M., Remoundou, K., Siwicka, E., & Wainwright, W. (2015). Valuing marine and coastal ecosystem service benefits: Case study of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ proposed marine protected areas. Ecosystem Services, 11, 115–127.