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 policy evaluation, commons governance, and environmental valuation. He has worked on water, fisheries, and forest valuation and resource governance issues in the UK, USA, and across Europe. He has also been involved in a wide range of rural development programme evaluations at UK and EU levels.
Previously he was seconded to Defra as part of the team developing new legislation for common land in England and Wales. John is also a past President of the International Association for the Study of Commons and is currently a member of the Executive Committee for the Ostrom Award (delivered biennially in recognition of practitioners and scholars involved in commons related work).
Current research includes the impact of Covid-19 on economic and social conditions in rural communities in England, 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 in Malta, and an EU-wide evaluation of the LEADER programme.
John Powell’s recent activities
Late last week, we received the fantastic news that a further two articles had been accepted for publication – making a total of five in as many days!
This week the European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development published a report investigating the EU farming employment sector. The CCRI was part of the consortium, which was led by OIR.
The European Commission have published a report that was led by the CCRI. The report evaluated the impact of the CAP on generational renewal, local development and jobs in rural areas.
CCRI’s resident blogger, John Powell has recently returned from a trip to New England. During his time stateside he visited many rural areas and has written this piece discussing some of the issues these rural communities are facing.
John Powell is currently on holiday. He still finds time however to pen a blog about what he is up to – always with an eye on ‘the commons’.
The colours of the trees are vibrant in the strong sunlight, set off against a deep blue sky on a clear October day. Walden Pond is where Henry David Thoreau built a cabin in the woods ‘by his own hand’ in order to get closer to nature. The site he chose is a flat spot in a dip just above the pond, sheltered on three sides by slightly higher land. The site is marked with a set of granite pillars indicating the outline of the cabin, and through the trees you can get a view of the water. The peace