Young researchers and PhD network on Biodiversity Offsets

Bio­di­ver­sity off­sets are a new topic in research and education

In recent years Bio­di­ver­sity off­sets have become a topic of inter­est in acad­e­mia and as such been cov­ered in var­i­ous projects and reports world­wide. As a result, young researchers and PhD can­di­dates have started to engage in this field and I am very happy to see more and more very exten­sive and highly valu­able mas­ter the­sis, PhD stud­ies and other stu­dent work emerge in the bio­di­ver­sity off­sets field. For young researchers and PhD can­di­dates it is even more impor­tant than for senior researchers to focus on the strong inter­link­ages between experts on bio­di­ver­sity off­sets world­wide as their net­works usu­ally aren’t as wide­spread and elab­o­rated as those of senior researchers and practitioners.

This site ther­fore aims to pro­vide a com­mon plat­form specif­i­cally for young researchers and PhD can­di­dates to get to know each other and exchange and com­ment on their own and the oth­ers’ work. If you would like to intro­duce your­self or present and dis­cuss you research topic here, please con­tact me (this is greatly appre­ci­ated). You can do that here.

PhDs on Bio­di­ver­sity Offsets

Ana Vil­lar­roya (2012). “Eco­log­i­cal com­pen­sa­tion and Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Assess­ment in Spain: cur­rent prac­tice and rec­om­men­da­tions for improvement”

Bap­tiste Reg­n­ery (2013). “Les mesures com­pen­satoires pour la bio­di­ver­sité. Con­cep­tion et per­spec­tives d’application”

Joe Bull (2014). “Bio­di­ver­sity off­sets for mov­ing con­ser­va­tion targets”

Michael Cur­ran (2014). “Com­pen­sat­ing the bio­di­ver­sity impacts of land use: Toward eco­log­i­cally equal exchange in the North–South context”

Car­los Fer­reira (2014). “Bio­di­ver­sity off­set mar­kets: cur­rent chal­lenges and prospec­tive developments”

Anne-Charlotte Vais­sière (2014): “Orga­ni­za­tional and insti­tu­tional issues of imple­ment­ing bio­di­ver­sity off­sets poli­cies. A case study of con­ti­nen­tal and off­shore wetlands”

Megan Evans (ongo­ing). “An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to eval­u­at­ing envi­ron­men­tal pol­icy: the case of bio­di­ver­sity off­set­ting

Bar­bara Goncalves (ongo­ing): “Plan­ning for Land­scape scale conservation”

Ade­line Bas (ongo­ing): “Biodi­ver­sity off­sets in the con­text of off­shore wind­farms in France”

Céline Jacob (ongo­ing): “Marine and coastal bio­di­ver­sity off­sets imple­men­ta­tion in France”

Melissa Bos (ongo­ing): “Marine Bio­di­ver­sity Offsets”

Rachel Mor­ri­son (ongo­ing): “Oper­a­tional­is­ing Bio­di­ver­sity Off­set­ting through Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Assess­ment: Inter­ac­tions and Out­comes for No Net Loss of Biodiversity”

Vic­to­ria Grif­fiths (ongo­ing): “Inte­grat­ing social gains with ‘no net loss’ of biodiversity”

Lucie Bezombes (ongo­ing): “Devel­op­ment of a method­ol­ogy to cal­cu­late eco­log­i­cal equiv­a­lence in the mit­i­ga­tion hier­ar­chy con­text in France : tak­ing into account eco­log­i­cal, spa­tial and tem­po­ral aspects”

Mas­ter the­ses and other stu­dent works on Bio­di­ver­sity Offsets

Genevieve Hayes (2014).  Achiev­ing and Mea­sur­ing Net Pos­i­tive Impact in a new era of corporate-NGO part­ner­ships — a case study of the BirdLife-CEMEX partnership

Bach­e­lor and mas­ter courses related to Bio­di­ver­sity Offsets

MSc in Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and Man­age­ment at Uni­ver­sity of Oxford (UK): includes off­set­ting through lec­tures in the con­ser­va­tion gov­er­nance mod­ule (before: class project)

Our one-year full-time MSc course devel­ops knowl­edge and crit­i­cal under­stand­ing of con­ser­va­tion and bio­di­ver­sity sci­ence and prac­tice, and the socio-economic, polit­i­cal, cul­tural and insti­tu­tional envi­ron­ments within which pol­icy and man­age­ment deci­sions are made.

Msc in Eco­nom­ics of Land Use and Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion at Bran­den­burg Tech­nis­che Uni­ver­sität Cot­tbus (Ger­many): includes two weaks course­work (4h) on offsetting


• opti­mal spa­tial allo­ca­tion of land use
• pol­icy instru­ments for sus­tain­able land use (PES, con­ser­va­tion bank­ing)
• insti­tu­tions and gov­er­nance struc­tures, com­mon pool resources
• REDD (reduc­ing emis­sions from defor­esta­tion and degradation)

PhD IN PROGRESS: Development of a methodology to calculate ecological equivalence in the mitigation hierarchy context in France : taking into account ecological, spatial and temporal aspects

This is a guest post by Lucie Bezombes, doc­toral stu­dent at EDF and IRSTEA (France). This com­ment is the expres­sion of the author’s thoughts and expe­ri­ences and as such is acknowl­edged as a fruit­ful con­tri­bu­tion to the dis­cus­sion on bio­di­ver­sity … Con­tinue read­ing

PhD on biodiversity offsets markets by Carlos Ferreira available online: Performativity and pluralities of biodiversity offsetting experiments

As a reg­u­lar reader of the Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets Blog you have seen mul­ti­ple con­tri­bu­tions by Car­los Fer­reira on this blog which clearly mark his exper­tise in the field of bio­di­ver­sity off­sets. It is there­fore great to note that his doc­toral … Con­tinue read­ing

Evaluating biodiversity offset policies — an interim outline by Megan Evans on her PhD research

I have been fol­low­ing the work of Megan Evans (who is PhD­ing at at the Aus­tralian National Uni­ver­sity in Can­berra, Aus­tralia) for quite a while, now. Not only in per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion or via her pub­li­ca­tions (by the way, Megan, I should tell … Con­tinue read­ing

PhD study on the application of biodiversity offsets in France: Les mesures compensatoires pour la biodiversité. Conception et perspectives d’application

Bap­tiste Reg­n­ery has pre­pared a PhD study at Uni­ver­sité Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris on the appli­ca­tion of bio­di­ver­sity off­sets in France in 2013. It is enti­tled “Les mesures com­pen­satoires pour la bio­di­ver­sité. Con­cep­tion et per­spec­tives d’application” (in French lan­guage). … Con­tinue read­ing


Ana Vil­lar­roya Bal­larin has pre­pared a PhD study focus­ing on envi­ron­men­tal impact assess­ment and bio­di­ver­sity off­sets in Spain at the fac­ulty of sci­ences at Uni­ver­sity of Navarra. The work is enti­tled “ECOLOGICAL COMPENSATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN SPAIN: CURRENT … Con­tinue read­ing

PhD study: Biodiversity Offsets for moving conservation targets

Another PhD on Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets was pub­lished this year. Joe Bull has pre­pared his work at Impe­r­ial Col­lege Lon­don, Depart­ment of Life Sci­ences.  His work focuses on bio­di­ver­sity off­sets for mov­ing con­ser­va­tion tar­gets. He exam­ines the case of the Saiga Ante­lope in the … Con­tinue read­ing

New PhD study: “Biodiversity offset markets: current challenges and prospective developments”

A Report on Bio­di­ver­sity Off­set­ting Nice to see another PhD in the bio­di­ver­sity off­sets field – with more analy­ses such as this we will be able to have a bet­ter informed dis­cus­sion! Many thanks Car­los! As the PhD is still “fresh” … Con­tinue read­ing

New PhD study on Biodiversity offsets and the supply chain: “Compensating the biodiversity impacts of land use: Toward ecologically equal exchange in the North–South context”

PhD study on Bio­di­ver­sity Off­sets I am very happy to see more and more very exten­sive and highly valu­able PhD stud­ies emerge in the off­sets field. One of the lat­est is by Michael Cur­ran pre­pared at the ETH Zurich (Switzer­land). … Con­tinue read­ing