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Dr Marije Schaafsma PhD

Senior Research Fellow

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Marije joined the University of Southampton in August 2014 upon receiving an ESPA Early Career Research Fellowship. She is also a Research Fellow at CSERGE, University of East Anglia.


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 economist 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, and her recent work focuses primarily on Sub-Saharan Africa and Mexico.

She is involved in several projects on the inclusion of an environmental dimension in multidimensional poverty indices, including a GCRF funded project “Developing an Environmentally-adjusted Index for Multidimensional Poverty”, an ESPA Blue Skies project “Ecosystem Services as a Missing Dimension of Poverty” and an ESPA Impact Acceleration Fund project, together with the University of Cambridge and UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre.

Marije held an ESPA (Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation) Early Career Research Fellowship, which focused on the suitability of climate smart agriculture in Malawi 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)

Bat pollination services: their importance and vulnerability to environmental changes

Integrating poverty and environment measures

Preferences and trade-offs in climate smart agriculture

Marije is the thematic pathway coordinator of the Sustainability, Environment and Resilience pathway of the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (since February 2016)



Book Chapters


Working Papers

Lecturer: Introduction to Sustainability (GEOG6098)

PhD supervision:

Ilda Dreoni

Alex Chapman (graduated in 2016)

Constance Tremlett

Helen Davies

Kashif Salik

Salma Sabour

Hangjian Wu

David Riley


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