Matthew Agarwala is an environmental economist interested in wealth-based approaches to measuring and delivering sustainable development. The pace of globalisation, innovation, and social, environmental, and economic upheaval leaves no doubt: 20th century statistics can’t capture 21st century progress. Matthew joined the Bennett Institute’s wealth economy project to transform economic measurement to better reflect sustainability, inequality, and human wellbeing. Initially, the project will focus on natural and social capital.
Matthew regularly consults for governments (from local councils to national governments and international institutions) and scientific organizations on topics of natural capital, ecosystem services, and sustainability. He enjoys working across sectors and disciplines, and his co-authors include ecologists, economists, conservation scientists and practitioners, social anthropologists, civil servants, members of UK Parliament, and Nobel Laureates in peace, medicine, physics, and chemistry. In addition to the Bennett Institute, Matthew enjoys affiliations at the LSE (Geography & Environment + Grantham Research Institute) and UEA (Centre for Social & Economic Research on the Global Environment), and maintains active research networks in Canada, Hong Kong, Germany, USA, Japan, and throughout the UK.
Academic Publications (reverse chronological order)
Agarwala, M. and M. Brock. (2018) Natural Capital Accounting: food and water within the ecosystem service approach” in Oxford Handbook of Food, Water and Society, Allan, T., Colman, T., Keulertz, M., Bromwich, B. (eds). Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.
Bateman, I., Agarwala, M., Binner, A., Coombes, E., Day, B., Ferrini, S., Fezzi, C., et al. (2016) “Spatially explicit integrated modeling and economic valuation of climate driven land use change and its indirect effects” Journal of Environmental Management 181: 172-184.
Badura, T., Bateman, I., Agarwala, M., Binner, A. (2016). Valuing preferences for ecosystem related goods and services. In Routledge Handbook on Ecoystem Services. Potschin, M., Haines-Young, R,. Fish, R., and R. K. Turner (eds.) London, UK: Routledge.
Agarwala, M., Binner, A., Weisz, H., Schellnhuber, H.J., Doherty, P., Moerner, W.E., Smoot, G.F. (2015) Climate policy: Push to decarbonize cities after Paris talks. Nature. 528, 193-193.
Palmer Fry, B., Milner-Gulland, E. J., Wallace, G., Rowcliffe, M., Agarwala, M., Homewood, K., Atkinson, G., Mourato, S., and T. Clements. (2015) "Monitoring Local Wellbeing in Environmental Interventions: A Consideration of Practical Trade-Offs" Oryx. p1-9. doi:10.1017/S003060531500112X
Agarwala, M., Atkinson, G., Baldock, C., and B. Gardiner. (2014) “Natural Capital Accounting and Climate Change” Nature Climate Change. 4: 520-522.
Agarwala, M., Atkinson, G., Palmer Fry, B., Homewood, K., Mourato, S., Rowcliffe, M., Wallace, G., and E.J. Milner-Gulland. (2014). "Assessing the Relationship between Human Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services: A Review of Frameworks" Conservation and Society 12(4) : 437-449.
Agarwala, M. and J.A. (Tony) Allan. (2014). "Sustainable Development of Water Resources" In Handbook of Sustainable Development, Atkinson, G., Dietz, S., Neumayer, E., and M. Agarwala (eds.), 2nd ed. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
Atkinson, G., Dietz, S., Neumayer, E., and M. Agarwala, eds. (2014). Handbook of Sustainable Development. 2nd ed. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
Dupuy, L., and M. Agarwala. "Trade, Sustainability, and the Environment." (2014). In Handbook of Sustainable Development, Atkinson, G., Dietz, S., Neumayer, E., and M. Agarwala (eds.), 2nd ed. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
Bateman, I., Agarwala, M., and T. Badura. (2014). Pollinator declines: Avoid pitfalls of consensus methods. Nature. 505(7482), 160-160.
Milner-Gulland, E.J., McGregor, A., Agarwala, M., Atkinson, G., Bevan, P., Clements, T., Daw, T., et al. (2014). “How can conservationists account for their impact on human well-being?” Conservation Biology. 28(5) : 1160-1166.
Kubursi, A., and M. Agarwala. (2013). "Water: Cost" In Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, edited by Sven Erik Jorgensen. Vol. IV, 2801–2811. New York: Taylor and Francis.
Agarwala, M. (2012). "Mesoscale Climate Impact of Large Water Interventions." In Impact of Climate Change on Water Cycle and Health. Grover, V. (ed). Enfield, New Hampshire, USA: Science Publishers.
Agarwala, M. and A. Kubursi. (2012). "The Economics of Climate Change: Alternative Approaches" In Impact of Climate Change on Water Cycle and Health, edited by Velma I. Grover. Enfield, NH USA: Science Publishers.
Atkinson, G., Agarwala, M., and P. Muñoz. (2012). "Are national economies (virtually) sustainable?: an empirical analysis of natural assets in international trade." In Inclusive Wealth Report 2012 Measuring progress toward sustainability, eds. Partha Dasgupta, Anantha Duraiappah and Pablo Muñoz. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 87-117.
Agarwala, M., Bark, R., Bowen, A., Badura, T., Hayward, M., Jones, J., Turner, R.K., Watts, C. (2018). CSERGE-NCC Final Report: Review of methods, data, and next steps for valuing Norfolk’s Trails. CSERGE, University of East Anglia., Norwich, UK. 1-31pp.
Binner, A., Smith, G., Faccioli, M., Bateman, I.J., Day, B.H., Agarwala, M. and Harwood, A. (2018) Valuing the social and environmental contribution of woodlands and trees in England, Scotland and Wales - Second edition: to 2018, Report to the Forestry Commission, Ref No.: CFSTEN 2/14 and CFS 8/17, Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), University of Exeter Business School.
Badura T., Ferrini S., Agarwala M. and Turner K. (2017) Valuation for Natural Capital and Ecosystem Accounting. Synthesis report for the European Commission. CSERGE, University of East Anglia. Norwich, UK. 1-57pp. http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/capital_accounting/pdf/Valuation_for_natural_capital_and_ecosystem_acounting.pdf
Binner, A., Smith, G., Bateman, I., Day, B., Agarwala, M., Harwood, A. (2017) Valuing the social and environmental contribution of woodlands and tress in England, Scotland, and Wales. Forestry Commission Research Report. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. I-iv + 1-112pp. FCRP027/FC-GB(JW)/WWW/FEB17. https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/FCRP027.pdf/%24FILE/FCRP027.pdf
Snowdon, P., Binner, A., Smith, G., Agarwala, M., Day, B., Bateman, I., and Harwood, A. (2017) Valuing the social and environmental contribution of woodlands and tress in England, Scotland, and Wales. Forestry Commission Research Note. Forestry Commission, Edinburgh. 1-10pp. FCRN027/FC-GB(JW)/WWW/FEB17. https://www.forestry.gov.uk/PDF/FCRN027.pdf/$FILE/FCRN027.pdf
Ten Brink, P., Russi, D., Tinch, R., Schoumacher, C., Agarwala, M., Bateman, I., and C. Bullock. (2016). The use of (economic & social) values of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services in national accounting. Discussion Paper for teh European Commission Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications (OPERAs) Consortium. Funded under European Commission Seventh Gramework Programme Grant No. FP7-ENV-2012-308393-2. 1-53pp. Available from : http://www.operas-project.eu/resources
Koetse, M., Agarwala, M., Bullock, C., ten Brink, P (2015). Monetary and Social Valuation : State of the Art. Report for the European Commission Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications (OPERAs) Consortium. Funded under European Commission Seventh Gramework Programme Grant No. FP7-ENV-2012-308393-2. 1-159pp. Available from http://www.operas-project.eu/sites/default/files/resources/d-3.2-monetary-and-social-valuation-state-art.pdf
Bateman, I., Day, B., Agarwala, M., Bacon, P., Badura, T., Binner, A., De-Gol, A. J., et al. (2014). “UK National Ecosystem Assessment – Follow-On (NEA-FO) Workpackage 3a: Economic value of ecosystem services.” For the UK Department of Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs. Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC. http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=1n4oolhlksY%3d&tabid=82
Natural Capital Committee (2014). The State of Natural Capital : Restoring our Natural Assets. Second report to the Economic Affairs Committee. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/natural-capital-committees-second-state-of-natural-capital-report