"Nature in the balance: the economics of biodiversity" by Prof Cameron Hepburn at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Past Event

23 March 2015, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

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This book talk is part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2015, the Oxford Martin School is the Festival Ideas Partner

Speaker: Professor Cameron Hepburn, Director, Economics of Sustainability, The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School

Economics researcher and government adviser Professor Cameron Hepburn looks at the economics and science of protecting the planet's biodiversity providing an overview of the issues and outlining some of the approaches that could be used to address this urgent problem. Hepburn a Professor of Environmental Economics and Director Economics of Sustainability at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School has co-edited a group of essays Nature in the Balance: The Economics of Biodiversity that look at different policy solutions to the question of loss of biodiversity.

Hepburn is an expert in environmental resource and energy economics. He is a member of the economics advisory group to the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and has also advised the governments of China India and Australia. He is a founder of and investor in businesses in the clean energy sector.

Please note this is a ticketed event and the tickets for this event are £12 and available from the Festival website: http://www.wegottickets.com/oxfordliteraryfestival/event/302215

About the book

This book sets out the building blocks of an economic approach to biodiversity, and in particular brings together conceptual and empirical work on valuation, international agreements, the policy instruments, and the institutions. The objective is to provide a comprehensive overview of the issues and evidence, and to suggest how this very urgent problem should be addressed. Whilst there has been an enormous growth and research focus on climate change, less attention has been paid to biodiversity. This collection of high-quality chapters addresses the economic issues involved in biodiversity protection.

This book focuses on the economics, but incorporates the underpinning science and philosophy, combining the application of a number of theoretical ideas with a series of policy cases. The authors are drawn from leading scholars in their specific areas of economics, philosophy, and conservation biology.