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 and programme evaluation. Current research includes a focus on common resources management and development of techniques for evaluation of rural development programs in the UK and Europe.  Recent projects include the application of Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology at the programme level and evaluation community renewable energy projects. He has previously worked for Defra on development of new legislation for common land, and is currently exploring the concept of resilience in upland commons and inshore fisheries around the UK.

Recent Publications

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, 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.

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.

(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 Sustainable Environments, University of Gloucestershire.

Dissertation supervisor, MSc Sustainable Environments, 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’.

President-elect of the IASC (International Association for the Study of the Commons).

International Association for the Study of the Commons

PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner, Association for Project Management  (APM)

External Examiner, MSc Countryside Management, SRUC, Scotland (validated through the University of Glasgow).