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Dr Olivia Rendón

Environmental Economist

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Dr Olivia Rendón is an Environmental economist at PML. Her main area of research is in the assessment and valuation of ecosystem services, and its application to sustainable marine and coastal management. She uses economic techniques, interviews, surveys and other qualitative and quantitative assessments. She specialises in Payment for Ecosystem Service Schemes, stated preference methods such as Discrete Choice Experiments and revealed preference methods such as Averting Behaviour and Cost-of-Illness. In addition, Olivia undertakes research exploring the social, economic and well-being impacts of different pressures and management measures e.g. grey to green flood defenses, protected areas, flood risk. Her research is often interdisciplinary covering developing and developed countries, and ranges from the local to the national scale.

Olivia has a PhD in Environmental Economics and before joining PML she has worked in the UK and overseas in different capacities (academic, NGO and government).


South Asian Nitrogen Hub

Contact: Dr Yuri Artioli

The South Asian Nitrogen Hub is a pioneering UK-South Asia research partnership to enable South Asia to adopt and champion a strategic approach to...

Addressing Challenges of Coastal Communities through Ocean Research for Developing Economies (ACCORD)

Contact: Professor Steve Widdicombe

The coastal and marine environments of South East Asia and the Western Indian Ocean (the regional foci of ACCORD) are rich and diverse, possessing...

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Other key projects

  • Defra Natural Capital project
  • Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies Towards a Sustainable Europe BASE (EU FP7) project


Selected key publications

Riisager-Simonsen, Rendón, Galatius, Tange Olsen & Beaumont. 2020. Using ecosystem-services assessments to determine trade-offs in ecosystem-based management of marine mammals. Conservation Biology. doi:10.1111/cobi.13512

Borger, Hooper, Austen, Marcone & Rendón. 2020. Using stated preference valuation in the offshore environment to support marine planning. Journal of Environmental Management 265: 110520. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.110520

Rendón, Garbutt, Skov, Möller, Alexander, Ballinger, Wyles, Smith, McKinley, Griffin, Thomas, Davidson, Pagès, Read & Beaumont. 2019. A framework linking ecosystem services and human well-being: Saltmarsh as a case study. People and Nature Journal, 1(4), 489-496. doi:10.1002/pan3.10050

Dallimer, M., Martin-Ortega, Rendón, Afionis, Bark, Gordon & Paavola. 2020. Taking stock of the empirical evidence on the insurance value of ecosystems. Ecological Economics 167: 106451. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.106451

Rendón, O.R., Dallimer & Paavola. 2016. Flow and rent-based opportunity costs of water ecosystem service provision in a complex farming system. Ecology and Society 21 (4): 36. doi:10.5751/ES-08787-210436

Bunse, L., Rendón & Luque. 2015. What can deliberative approaches bring to the monetary valuation of ecosystem services? A literature review. Ecosystem Services 14: 88 - 97. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.05.004