EfD research fellow Dr Elizabeth Robinson from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development at the University of Reading has been appointed to sit on Defra's Economic Advisory Panel which provides advice, support and new research insights to Defra's economists and policymakers.
One key issue for the panel is likely to be environmental regulation and its relationship with innovation, growth and business behaviours. Dr Robinson's areas of expertise include the international dimension of environmental economics with particular expertise in the linkages between forest management, domestic energy choices, and REDD (reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) in Africa.
Purpose of Defra's Economic Advisory Panel
• The role of the DEAP is to provide an independent challenge and support capacity to Defra's economists
• To challenge, steer and strategically review Defra's approach to economic analysis in specific areas
• To provide new ideas and insights and connect Defra to cutting edge economic research
• To provide advice as requested on specific economic issues
• To advise on and critically assess how Defra collects and utilises economic evidence and advice
• Individual members may also be asked to provide advice or support or be commissioned to undertake particular pieces of work on an ad hoc basis
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