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Dr Marije Schaafsma PhD


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Marije is an environmental economist and a Lecturer in the School of Geography and Environmental Science. She joined the University of Southampton in August 2014, after postdoctoral positions at the Universities of East Anglia and Cambridge. She is also a Research Fellow at CSERGE, University of East Anglia.

Marije has a broad interest in sustainable development, with a focus on decision-making concerning environmental management and human development. She uses economic theory and methods and strongly engages in interdisciplinary research. Marije held an ESPA (Ecosystem Services and Poverty Alleviation) Early Career Research Fellowship, which focused on the suitability of climate smart agriculture in Malawi.


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Research interests

Valuation of ecosystems

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 and non-monetary valuation of ecosystem services. In Malawi, she has conducted choice experiments and multi-criteria analysis, both in individual and group settings.

Poverty and environment

Marije 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.

Trade-offs in sustainable development

Marije investigates trade-offs in normative decision-making at multiple levels (macro, meso, micro) and the role of conservation and equity values (distributional preferences) in these decisions.

PhD supervision

  • Ilda Dreoni
  • Alex Chapman (graduated in 2016)
  • Constance Tremlett
  • Helen Davies
  • Kashif Salik
  • Salma Sabour
  • Hangjian Wu
  • David Riley
  • Martin Watts

Research group

Environmental Change and Sustainability (ECaS)

Research project(s)

Bat pollination services: their importance and vulnerability to environmental changes

This project aims to determine the dependence of Stenocereus queretaroensis on bat pollination; in order to demonstrate their importance and the risk of losing them, both ecologically and socio-economically, in the face of environmental changes.

UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub

Comprehensive assessment of the social, environmental and economic viability of gas hydrate commercialisation

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

She is a Lead Author on the IPBES assessment on multiple values of nature.

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Module coordinator

  • Sustainability, Environment and Resilience (RESM6018)


  • Introduction to Sustainability (GEOG6098)
  • Data Collection and Research Methods for Sustainability (GEOG6097)
  • Dangerous World (GEOG1011)
  • Global Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Policy (GEOG2032)
  • Practicing Human Geographical Research (GEOG2035)
  • Adapting to Climate Change and Weather Hazards (GEOG3057)
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