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Dr Sophus zu Ermgassen

Post Doctoral Research Associate


I am an ecological economist based at the University of Kent and the University of Copenhagen working on exploring the financial mechanisms that can deliver nature restoration across Europe. My research focuses on biodiversity finance and infrastructure sustainability, with particular expertise in Biodiversity Net Gain, biodiversity offsetting, biodiversity markets, sustainability implications of the UK housing affordability crisis, the ecological impacts of global sand and construction mineral consumption (primarily for concrete), and postgrowth economics. My work has featured in media including the Guardian, BBC Countryfile and the Times. I am on Natural England’s Biodiversity Metric expert advisory group, the UK Treasury’s Biodiversity Economics working group, and was an expert contributor to UK Environmental Audit Committee report on Biodiversity and Ecosystems, and the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology's POSTBrief on biodiversity net gain. I am also a freelance consultant, advising multilateral organisations and businesses on biodiversity safeguards and biodiveristy strategy.


NERC EnvEast PhD Scholarship with CASE partner Balfour Beatty

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