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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance


Colin Barnes has a master’s in international relations from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in economics from the University of Manchester.  His first degree was in economics and law at the University of Keele.  His master’s dissertation at the University of Cambridge focused on the legal and economic aspects of natural resource agreements between developed and developing countries with reference to marine resources in coastal and island states of the Western Indian Ocean.

Colin has worked in the field of environmental economics and marine policy for a number of years in the Western Indian Ocean area together with the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), the EU and the governments of Kenya, Mauritius and Seychelles.  In the UK he has worked on the economic costs and benefits of renewable energy in Scotland as well as the economic valuation of natural assets in Cheshire.

Colin has taught courses in environmental, development economics and public sector economics at the universities of Aarhus in Denmark, Cranfield, Leeds and Swansea.  He has established a network of contacts through his consultancy, Cambridge Resource Economics based in Cambridge and has worked with a number of engineering and natural resource consultancies including Arthur D Little, IPA Energy, the Marine Resource Assessment Group (MRAG), Nippon Koei and WS Atkins.


  • Member of the Chartered Institute for Water and Environmental Management, CIWEM
  • Affiliated to the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy (CUSP).
  • Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
  • PhD, economics and public sector economics, University of Manchester.
  • MSt in International Relations, University of Cambridge.
  • MA (DE), development economics, University of East Anglia (UEA).
  • MA (European studies and economics), departments of French and Agricultural economics, University of Reading.
  • Diploma Part I, comparative law, University of Strasbourg, France.
  • BA (Hons), economics and law, subsidiaries chemistry and French, University of Keele, UK.

Teaching experience

  • University of Leeds, visiting lecturer, undergraduate course on the public sector and regulation.
  • University of Swansea, visiting lecturer of development economics, postgraduate students, Centre for Economic Development.
  • University of Aarhus, Denmark, visiting lecturer, natural resource economics, School of Biological Sciences.
  • Cranfield University, visiting lecturer natural resource economics, School of Applied Sciences and on renewable energy, School of Engineering.
  • Seminar on marine resources, MSc postgraduates, POLIS.


  • The interconnection between law and economics and natural resources management between developed and developing countries.
  • The economics and geopolitics of rare earths at the international level and with respect to China.
  • The legal and economic challenges of seabed mining with particular reference to the Indian Ocean.
C-EENRG Fellow
Dr Colin   Barnes