Andreas Kontoleon is Professor of Environmental Economics and Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. He holds a PhD in Economics (University College London), a MPhil Economics (University of Cambridge) and a BA in Economics and Philosophy (Athens). He is the Director of Graduate Programme, at the Department of Land Economy and a Director of Studies at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is co-founder and moderator of BIEOCON, the largest academic network on the economics and law of biodiversity conservation. He has published numerous peered review articles and books on the economics of environmental regulation and public policy. His research focuses both on the design of environmental and public policies but also on their evaluation using micro-econometric, experimental and behavioural economic methods. He has worked in the fields of biodiversity, climate change, energy, food security, public health and poverty alleviation. He has advised numerous governments (including the UK, P.R. of China, Tanzania, Namibia, Sierra Leone) and international policy organizations (such as the OECD, World Bank, ADB, IUCN, UNEP, RSPB) on developing conservation policies. In his latest work he focuses on using formal evaluation methods (including randomized field experimental methods) to assess the livelihood and conservation impacts of biodiversity conservation policies in Sierra Leone, Africa. The project constitutes the first study using randomized controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy of biodiversity conservation payments. The results will be feed into the design of future REDD+ policies for conserving tropical ecosystems in Western Africa. Another ongoing project uses novel social network mapping techniques to assess the spread of public health polices in Uganda. This study constitute the largest and most comprehensive social network study in the developing world (with data being collected and analysed over 16,000 individuals) and will provide unique information on how social network analysis can aid in the design and implementation of aid policies.
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