Jasper Kenter is Reader in Deliberative Ecological Economics. He is an interdisciplinary researcher in sustainable development, conservation and environmental management issues with a specialisation in ecological economics and public and stakeholder deliberation.
Currently, Jasper is bringing together a global partnership to develop new economic alternatives to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has led to a global economic crisis unseen since the 1930s, but it has also created an important opportunity to transform economies towards a green and just recovery. To fully achieve this potential and avoid the risks of responses reinforcing environmentally and socially unsustainable trajectories, there is a need to go beyond directing public spending towards green infrastructure and technology, and repurpose and reshape economies more profoundly.
More broadly, Jasper’s research has focused on people’s values around nature. He enjoys a broad view of the notion of value and values, looking through the lenses of economics, ecology, ethics, psychology and spiritual practice, and has a particular interest in how social processes shape values and in ways we can integrate economic and deliberative methodologies to better incorporate shared values of nature into decision-making.
Jasper has authored over 40 peer reviewed publications (Google Scholar). His work has received funding from European, UK, Norwegian and Finnish research councils. He is currently co-leading the EU Horizon 2020 PERICLES project on maritime cultural heritage and has lead social-economic components of projects within the UK Marine Ecosystems Research and Valuing Nature Programmes. He is also a lead author of the values assessment (2018-2021) for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and was principal investigator for the second phase of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (2012-2014), leading the NEA work on shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems. For his cross-disciplinary research in the Solomon Islands (South Pacific) on environmental values, he has received prizes from the European Society for Ecological Economics, the Society for Conservation Biology, and the Geographical Field Group. His work on public engagement with marine spatial planning was recently nominated for two awards by the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Previously Jasper has lectured at the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen, St Andrews, Leicester and Highlands and Islands. He was also an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England (Australia, 2014-2017) and Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh (2015-2018), and Principal Investigator at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (2014-2018).
Before moving to the UK, Jasper worked as an environmental campaigner in the Netherlands, Iceland and elsewhere.
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