Murray joined the Environment Department in 2010. Previously he held a Canada Research Chair in Ecological Economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland and had worked as a senior economist for the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans. His PhD research focused on institutional analysis of MPAs and fisheries policy experiments in the Turks and Caicos. His current research focuses on the economic valuation of the environment, with a special emphasis on wetlands, coasts, and biodiversity issues. He is on the editorial board of Conservation Biology.
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Murray's research involves assessing the economic costs and benefits of human activities and government policies that affect natural capital and the provision of ecosystem services that impact human well-being. It explores issues of when, where, and how to invest scarce societal resources to achieve ecological and socio-economic sustainability. From a disciplinary perspective, Murray works at the intersection of environmental economics, political science (institutions and institutional analysis), public policy, and conservation biology. From a methodological perspective, he has particular interests in discrete choice modelling, latent class analysis, and issues of internet-based survey design and analysis. He is also increasingly focusing on robust decision making (RDM) approaches to quantitative policy analysis, its linkages to pragmatist philosophy and institutional economics, and the potential for participatory modeling of policy choices in the face of fundamental ecological and social uncertainty.
By-catch and incidental mortality during Pacific salmon freshwater migration phases in the Fraser River. Strategic Project Grants Supplemental Competition (SPG-SC) in Aquaculture and Capture Fisheries. Co-applicant for project (2009-2012) led by Steve Cooke, Carleton University, Canada.
Determining [USA] priorities for conservation science and policy in the face of climate change. Co-applicant for Kresge Foundation grant (2009-2012) led by Erica Fleishman, University of California - Davis.
How has postgraduate student training conducted by the Environment Department affected environmental science and policy in the UK and internationally? Internal research award (2011-12), Environment Department, University of York.
Wiegand J. Graduated 2010. The ecosystem approach to environmental management. Co-supervisor (2007-10, with Dave Raffaelli, Jim Smart, Piran White).
Hejnowicz A. (in progress). Integrative methods for evaluating the delivery of ecosystem services at the landscape level. Co-supervisor (with Dave Raffaelli, Piran White).
Lawton R. (in progress). How could social science research contribute to effective environmental decision-making and policy implementation in the UK?
Wang X. (in progress). Economics of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the aquatic environment.