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Dr Marije Schaafsma PhD

Senior Research Fellow, ESPA Early Career Fellow (DFID, NERC and ESRC),Research Fellow at CSERGE, University of East Anglia

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Marije is affiliated to FNES and FSHS and holds an ESPA Early Career Research Fellowship.


MSc (Economics) VU University Amsterdam
MSc (Environment and Resource Management) VU University Amsterdam
PhD (Environmental Economics) VU University Amsterdam

Previous employment:

Feb 2014 – Jun 2014: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, UK
Feb 2010 - Jan 2014: Senior Research Associate, Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), University of East-Anglia, UK
Nov 2005 – Jan 2010: Junior researcher, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands





Research interests

Marije is an environmental economists and is interested in decisions concerning ecosystem management and human development. She specialises in the application of economic methods to inform such decisions and trade-offs.

She is involved in an ESPA Blue Skies project “Ecosystem Services as a Missing Dimension of Poverty” which evaluates whether the Multidimensional Poverty Index should be extended to include an environmental dimension

Marije holds an ESPA (Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation) Early Career Research Fellowship funded by ESRC, NERC, and DFID. This Fellowship is linked to two ESPA projects: the ASSETS project and Ecolimits. Her Fellowship research focuses on the suitability of climate smart agriculture in Malawi and Ethiopia for poverty alleviation and ecosystem services management.

Marije’s experience includes ecosystem services assessments (e.g. the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-On and the Valuing the Arc project in Tanzania), and different methodologies for monetary valuation of ecosystem services, especially stated preference methods.

Research group

Global Environmental Change and Earth Observation

Research project(s)

ASSETS: Attaining sustainable services from ecosystems

Bat pollination services: their importance and vulnerability to environmental changes



Book Chapters


Working Paper

Lecturer: Introduction to Sustainability (GEOG6098)

PhD supervision:

Ilda Dreoni

Alex Chapman (graduated in 2016)

Constance Tremlett

Helen Davies

Kashif Salik

Hangjian Wu

David Riley


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