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Miss Helen J Davies BSc MSc CEnv MIEMA ACIEEM

Postgraduate research student

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Helen Davies, postgraduate research student at the Centre for Environmental Science, University of Southampton.

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I am a Chartered Environmentalist with a background in environmental consultancy, specifically carrying out environmental assessments (SEA and EIA) of planning policy, government programmes and development projects across the UK and Ireland.

Prior to this I completed an MSc in Environmental Assessment & Management at the University of Brighton, and a BSc Economics at the University of Warwick.


Research interests

I am interested in green infrastructure and ecosystem services, and have project managed a number of exciting consultancy projects in this area, particularly on behalf of Natural England. My current PhD research is also in this area, looking specifically at the ecosystem services provided by urban forests.

PhD research

Title: Enhancing regulating ecosystem services through a new approach to urban forest management, governance and funding in Britain

Supervisors: Dr. Kate Schreckenberg, Dr. Malcolm Hudson and Dr. Marije Schaafsma (University of Southampton); Dr. Gregory Valatin and Dr. Kieron Doick (Forest Research).

Funding agencies: EPSRC, Scottish Forestry Trust and Forest Research.

Aim: to propose a new approach to urban forest management, governance and funding in Britain that will enhance the provision of urban forest-based regulating ecosystem services and thus facilitate climate change adaptation in British cities.


  1. Identify the key urban forest parameters that influence supply of ecosystem services and disservices, and critically assess trade-offs and synergies between the supply of these different services.
  2. Establish and critique the extent to which British local authorities manage their urban forests for regulating ecosystem services, and the drivers for and constraints to taking such an approach.
  3. Analyse the willingness-to-pay of businesses and citizens in Southampton for urban forest-based ecosystem services, and how these preferences vary with respect to location, demographics or environmental impact.
  4. Analyse which innovative funding mechanisms for increasing investment in urban forest-based regulating ecosystem services are most appropriate in which circumstances




Research group

Centre for Environmental Sciences

Affiliate research group

Urban Forest Research Group

I am Director of Environmental Impact Consultants Ltd., a consultancy I set up in 2015 to continue to work with organisations across the UK and Ireland on environmental assessment and ecosystem services projects.

I have demonstrating responsibilities for a number of core and option modules within the four-year MEnvSci Environmental Science course, including ENVS1006, ENVS2006, ENVS2008 and ENVS6028.

Miss Helen J Davies
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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