BA(Hons) (Geography), MSc (Natural Resources Management), PhD (Natural Resources Policy and Planning)

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John is an institutional economist with expertise in natural resources management, commons governance, environmental valuation, and policy evaluation. He has worked on water, fisheries, and forest resource governance issues; rural poverty, and rural development programme development and evaluation in the UK, USA, and across Europe.  Previously he was seconded to Defra as part of the team developing new legislation for common land in England and Wales.

Current research addresses the governance and management of commons resources, and development of techniques for valuing ecosystems services. Projects include the valuation of cultural heritage within an ecosystems service framework in the UK, exploration of the future of commons grazing in Norway, rural strategic development on Malta, and exploration of conflict management approaches to shared water resources.

John is also a past President of the International Association for the Study of Commons.


Recent Publications

Dwyer, Janet C. and Powell, John R (2016) Rural Development Programmes and Transaction Effects: Reflections on Maltese and English Experience. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 67 (3). pp. 545-565. ISSN 0021-857X

Powell, J. (2015)  Institutional resilience in marine resource governance.  In, ‘A Commons Initiative’, Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand Press, India.

Kraak, S., Bailey, N., Cardinale, M., Darby, C., De Oliveira, J., Eero, M., Graham, N., Holmes, S., Jakobsen,T., Kempf, A., Kirkegaard, E., Powell, J., Scott, R., Simmonds, E.J., Ulrich, C., Vanhee, W. and Vinther, M. (2012)  Lessons for fisheries management from the EU cod recovery plan. Marine Policy 

Carrier, M. and J. Powell.  (2010)  Mine Action Development Funding in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  The Journal of ERW and Mine Action, Issue 14:3 (online and paper)

Hayati, D., Karami, E. and Powell, J. (2008) The impact of rural development interventions on rural households: poverty and inequality: the case of Fars Province, Iran. Iranian Journal of Sociology. Vol.2, no.1,163-189.

Shmelev, S. and Powell, J. (2006). Ecological economic modelling for strategic regional waste management systems. Ecological Economics, Vol. 59, (1) pp.115-130.

Vigani, Mauro, Powell, John R and Dwyer, Janet C (2019) CAP and Rural Jobs: Analysis of Studies. In: Rural Policies and Employment: TransAtlantic Experiences. World Scientific Euope, London, pp. 111-129. ISBN 9781786347084

Powell, J., Short, C., Reed, M. and Lewis, N. (2016) Commons: Governance of Shared Assets [PDF Version]. Countryside and Community Research Institute, University of Gloucestershire. ISBN 1-86174-218-5

Powell, J and Sarlov-Herlin, I. (2006) Wild land for Scotland: exploring the issues in the light of UK and Scandinavian experience. In: H. Zucchi and P. Stegman (eds.) Wagnis Wildnis: Wildnisentwicklung und Wildnisbildung in Mitteleuropa. Oekom Verlag, Munchen.

Powell, John R, Lake, Jeremy, Berry, Robert, Gaskell, Peter  and Courtney, Paul (2020) Heritage, Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services: Boundaries and Linear Landscape Features in the Lower Severn Vale. Project Report. Historic England, Portsmouth.

Maucorps, Ambre; Münch, Arndt; Brkanovic, Sanja; Schuh, Bernd; Dwyer, Janet C; Vigani, Mauro;, Khafagy, Amr; Coto Sauras, María, Deschellette, Perrine, Lopez, Andrea, Severini, Simone, Antonioli, Federico, Gaugitsch, Roland, Powell, John R; Kubinakova, Katarina; Derszniak-Noirjean, Martyna; Gaupp-Berghausen, Mailin; Salasan, Cosmin; Hsiung, Chien-Hui; Fasching, Florian and Keringer, Florian (2019) The EU farming employment: current challenges and future prospects. Technical Report. European Parliament Think Tank.

Berry, Robert; Dwyer, Janet C; Gaskell, Peter; Lake, Jeremy; Powell, John R and Young, Imogen (2019) LANDMAP, Landscape and a Changing Climate. Technical Report. Natural Resources Wales, Bangor.

Powell, John R; Lake, Jeremy; Gaskell, Peter; Courtney, Paul; and Smith, Ken (2018) Developing an ecosystems approach – dry stone walls. Project Report. Historic England, Portsmouth.

Powell, J., Keech, D., Reed, M., and J. Dwyer. What Works in Tackling Rural Poverty. Final Report. Public Policy Institute for Wales, (2018)

Courtney, P. and J. Powell with Ricardo AEA. Monitoring and Evaluation of the Rural Community Energy Fund. Final Report. DECC/Defra (2017)

Powell, John R and Vigani, Mauro and Hawketts, Eleanor and Schuh, Bernd and Gorny, Helene and Kaucic, Jiannis and Kirchmayr-Novak, Stephanie (2016) The role of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy in creating rural jobs. Project Report. European Union, Brussels.

Dwyer, Janet C., Kubinakova, K., Lewis, N., Powell, John R., Vigani, M., Fährmann, B., Gocht, A., Grajewski, R., Sauras, M. C., Cachinero, P. N., Mantino, F., Berriet-Solliec, M., and Pham, Hai-vu (2016) Research for AGRI Committee - Programmes implementing the 2015-2020 Rural Development Policy. Project Report. Policy Department: Structural and Cohesion Policy European Parliament, Brussels.

Dwyer, J., Mills, J., Powell, J., Lewis, N., Gaskell, P. and Felton, J. (2015) The State of Farming in Exmoor 2015. Project Report.

Courtney, P. and Powell, J.  (2015) Monitoring and Evaluation of the Rural Community Energy Fund.  Stage 3 Report: Baseline fieldwork process and outcomes and evaluation.  Submitted to Defra, April 2015.

Kuikman, P., Vullings, W., Pescadinha, B., Timmerman, J., Dwyer, J. and Powell, J. (2014) Study on the analysis of climate hotspots in Member States as regards rural development (EAFRD). Project Report. European Commission.

Powell, J. and Courtney, P. (2013) An assessment of the Social Return on Investment of Axes 1 and 3 of the Rural Development Programme for England. Technical Report.

Dwyer, J., Courtney, P.,and J. Powell. (2013).  Summary: structure and budget of the Malta RDP 2015-20.  Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Malta.

Powell, J.  (2013)  Report on the participatory RDP process for Malta.  Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Malta.

Powell, J., Kambites, C., Reed, M., Gaskell, P., Lewis, N. and Curry, N. (2012) The Campaign for the Farmed Environment: evaluation of partnership, local and wider impacts. Final Report to Defra. Project Report. CCRI, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire.

Powell, J., Murphy, K., Ings, M. and Chambers, F. (2012) A strategic approach for assessing and addressing the potential impact of climate change on the historic environment of Wales: Final Report to The Historic Environment Group – Climate Change Subgroup. Project Report. CCRI, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire.

Powell, J., Courtney, P., Dwyer, J., Mallia, S., Muscat, R., and Cordina, G. (2012). A new approach to Malta’s Rural Development Programme. The Ministry for Resources and Rural Affairs, Government of Malta.

Reed, M., Courtney, P.,  Dwyer, J., Griffiths, B.,Jones, O., Lewis, N., Moseley, M., Phillipson, J., Powell, J., Ross, N. and Urquhart, J. (2011) The Social Impacts on England’s Inshore Fishing Industry: Final Report. Technical Report. Defra, London.

Powell, J., Mills, J., Courtney, P. and  Short, C. (2011) Developing approaches to ex-post assessment of regulatory change impacts at the farm level: prototype study. Draft final report to Defra.

Powell, John R (2010) Woodland Wealth Appraisal for the East of England: Update 2010 – Report to the Forestry Commission. Project Report. CCRI, University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire.

Powell, J. (2010) Agriculture and Rural Development.  In ‘Needs of the Republic of Serbia for International Assistance 2011-13’, EU Integration Office, Republic of Serbia, Belgrade 2011.  Results of the sector-wide approach towards IPA Programming undertaken in 2010.

Powell, J. and Ranko Biberdžić.  (2010)  Guidelines for building sustainable Local Partnership Groups (LPGs) in mine affected areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Handicap International, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Powell, J. (2009) Survey of public goods arising from Rural Development Programmes. An evaluation of public goods from implementation of rural development programmes in 19 EU Member States.  European Network Rural Development Contact Point.

Owen, R., Powell, J., Reed, M., Kambites, C. and Lewis, N. (2008) An evaluation of Cydcoed: the social and economic benefits of using trees and woodlands for community development in Wales. Technical Report. Forest Research.

Ravenscroft, N. and Powell, J. (2008)  A strategic plan for water-related sport and recreation in the South West of England.  Environment Agency.

Powell, J., Reed, M., Kambites, C. and Lewis, N. (2008) Exploring market and non-market values of Cydcoed intervention, Forest Research. See final report.

Powell, J., Clark, M., Lewis, N. and Kambites, C. (2007) Exploring the connections between participants, activities, and experiences in outdoor recreation. CCW Policy Research Report No. 07/3. Countryside Council for Wales.

Powell, J., Lewis, N., Kambites, C. and Wood. D. (2007) Managing recreation on inland waters in Wales: a review of approaches. CCW Policy Research Report No. 07/4. Countryside Council for Wales.

Powell, J.  (2007)  “Land and Environment”. Chapter 4 in, State of the Countryside 2007.  Commission for Rural Communities, England.

Powell, J., Reed, M. and Lewis, N. (2007) Participants, Activities and Experiences: Understanding the Connections. Project Report. Countryside and Community Research Unit (CCRI), University of Gloucestershire.

Powell, J. Lewis, N., Kambites, C. and D. Wood.  2007  Managing recreation on inland waters in Wales: a review of approaches.  CCW Policy Research Report No. 07/4. Countryside Council for Wales.

(2017) ‘Governance of Commons: rhetoric and reality’. Keynote speech at the first commons workshop in China: Enhancing Water Governance and Policy, Tsinghua University, Beijing. 14 – 15 October, 2017.

(2017) Chair, Practitioners’ Lab on ‘Defending land rights: exploring the solutions to current issues’. Held at the 16th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 2017

(2015) “New commons in the rural-urban fringe”. Presentation at the ESRC ‘Realising New Commons’ Workshop, 18 November 2015, London. ESRC Workshop Series on the Urban-Rural Fringe.

(2015) Co-organiser of the 15th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (25-29 May).

Powell, J. (2015)  Resilience in marine resource governance – a deeper look at institutional change. Paper presented at the 15th IASC Biennial conference, ‘The Commons Amidst Complexity and Change’, Edmonton, Canada, 21-26 May.

Powell, J. and Short, C. (2014)  ‘Exploring the potential and limits for utilising state power in commons governance.’  “From generation to generation – the use of commons in a changing society”.  IASC 3rd European Meeting.  Umea, Sweden, 16-19 September.

Dwyer, J.  and Powell, J. (2014) ‘Transaction costs and the delivery challenge of Rural Development: reflections from Malta’s experience’.  “Challenges for European Agriculture in the Context of Climate Change”.  Agricultural Economics Society 88th Annual Conference in association with Société Française d’Économie Rurale. AgroParisTech, Paris, April 2014

Powell, J. and Kubinakova, K. (2014) SROI as an assessment tool for NRN activities. In: 21st NRN ENRD Workshop on ‘Understanding NRN evaluation & self-assessment’, 5 – 8 May 2014, Kendal, England. (Unpublished)

(2013) Co-organiser of the 14th Global Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), Kitafuji, Mt. Fuji, Japan. (3-7 June)

Powell, John R (2013) Institutional resilience in marine resource governance. In: Commoners and the Changing Commons: Livelihoods, Environmental Security and Shared Knowledge, 3 - 7 June 2013, Kitafuji, Japan. (Unpublished)

Powell, J. (2011) Maximising policy opportunities to enhance community-based marine resource management. 13th IASC International conference, Hyderabad, India, January 10-14, 2011.

Powell, J. (2011) Convened and lead interactive workshop on Changing perspectives within policy processes in conjunction with Tasmin Rajotte of the Quaker International Affairs Programme, at the 13th International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) International Conference, Hyderabad, India. January

(2010) Institutional erosion: time, adaptation, and resilience in commons management. International Conference on ‘Aspects of Commons and Cultural Severance in the Landscape: the End of Tradition?’  15-17 September 2010, Sheffield Hallam University.

(2009) Sustainable regional waste management systems: multicriteria ecological-economic modelling. 8th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 29 June – 2 July. With Shmelev, S.

(2008) Co-Chair of the 12th International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) conference, 5 day conference for 500 delegates from 70 different countries. September.

(2008) The role of leader in the new Rural Development Plan for England. Central and East European Web for Biodiversity(CEEWeb) International Forum on LEADER and Direct Marketing, Tata, Hungary, 20-21 November.

(2008) Exploring the potential of trans-national co-operation for rural development. Il ruolo dei territory rurali nella cooperazione Europea (the role of rural areas in European cooperation). International conference organised by GAL Monte Linas, held in Montevecchio (Guspini), Sardinia, 24 April.

(2007) Maximising returns from a shared resource base: the dynamics of institutional change on common land. Paper selected for the panel on Common Pool Resources in Modern Europe, European Society for Ecological Economics Conference on ‘Integrating Natural and Social Sciences’, Leipzig, Germany, June.

(2007) Updating Common Land Legislation for the 21st Century: the first 50 Years. International Association for the Study of Commons, Regional Conference on ‘Building the European Commons’, Brescia, Italy. 23-25 March.

PhD supervisor, University of Gloucestershire.

Module Tutor, ‘Environmental Assessment’ for the MSc Applied Ecology, University of Gloucestershire.

Dissertation supervisor, MSc Applied Ecology, University of Gloucestershire

Distance learning short courses in conjunction with the University of Gloucestershire, Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Open Spaces Society (OSS), UK: ‘Introduction to the Commons’, and ‘Defending the Commons’.

Former President and Council member of the IASC (International Association for the Study of the Commons).

Book Review Editor, International journal of the Commons.


International Association for the Study of the Commons

PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner, Association for Project Management  (APM)

Member of the Executive Council for the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of the Commons.