Matthew Agarwala

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Research topic
  • Sustainable development

  • Matthew Agarwala

    Research student

    Matthew’s research explores the economics of water and how it relates to development, growth, and sustainability. His work seeks to inform policy regarding the economic valuation and pricing of water, optimal water governance, and the relationship between water, gender and development.


    Prior to joining the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Matthew studied under Dr. Atif Kubursi in Toronto, Canada, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with honours degrees (HBA) in economics and political science, as well as an MA in economic policy.

    Research interests

    • Virtual water;
    • Nexus of water, gender and economic development;
    • Water’s place in Green Accounting;
    • Sustainability;
    • Transboundary water governance and security;
    • Resource and environmental economics.


    Research article  4 November, 2015

    Monitoring local well-being in environmental interventions: a consideration of practical trade-offs

    Paper considers the practical trade-offs policy makers and practitioners must navigate when utilizing the concept of well-being in environmental interventions. read more »

    Research article  21 April, 2015

    Assessing the Relationship Between Human Well-being and Ecosystem Services: A Review of Frameworks

    Focusing on the most impoverished populations, we critically review and synthesise key themes from dominant frameworks for assessing the relationship between well-being and ecosystem services in developing countries. This requires … read more »


    Book  8 October, 2014

    Handbook of Sustainable Development

    This Handbook takes stock of progress made in our understanding of what sustainable development actually is and how it can be measured and achieved. read more »

    Research article  25 June, 2014

    Natural capital accounting and climate change

    Governments and businesses are beginning to account for natural capital, but must collaborate to promote sustainability, combat climate change and improve decision-making. read more »

    Research article  18 March, 2014

    Accounting for the Impact of Conservation on Human Well-Being

    E.J. Milner-Gulland, J.A. McGregor, M. Agarwala, G. Atkinson, P. Bevan, T. Clements, T. Daw, K. Homewood, N. Kumpel, J. Lewis, S. Mourato, B. Palmer Fry, M. Redshaw, J.M. Rowcliffe, S. … read more »

    Research article  8 January, 2014

    Pollinator declines: Avoid pitfalls of consensus methods

    Bateman, I., Agarwala, M., and T. Badura. (2014). Nature, 505(7482), 160-160.


    Research article  3 May, 2013

    Water: Cost

    Kubursi, A., and M. Agarwala. (2013). In Encyclopedia of Environmental Management, edited by Sven Erik Jorgensen. Vol. IV, 2801–2811. New York: Taylor and Francis.

    Conference presentation  4 February, 2013

    UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-on. Work Package Report 3: Economic value of ecosystem services

    Bateman, I., Day, B., Agarwala, M., Bacon, P., Bad’ura, T., Binner, A., De-Gol, A., Ditchburn, B., Dugdale, S., Emmett, B., Ferrini,S., Carlo Fezzi, C., Harwood, A., Hillier, J., Hiscock, K., … read more »


    Research article  18 December, 2012

    The Economics of Climate Change: Alternative Approaches

    Agarwala, M. and A. Kubursi. (2012). In Impact of Climate Change on Water Cycle and Health, edited by Velma I. Grover. Enfield, NH USA: Science Publishers.

    Research article  17 July, 2012

    Are national economies (virtually) sustainable?: an empirical analysis of natural assets in international trade

    Atkinson, G., Agarwala, M., and P. Muñoz. (2012).  In Inclusive Wealth Report 2012 Measuring progress toward sustainability, eds. Partha Dasgupta, Anantha Duraiappah and Pablo Muñoz. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. … read more »

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    Policy report  17 March, 2014

    The State of Natural Capital

    NCC. (Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, 2014). Link to publisher

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    In the news  11 December, 2015

    Climate policy: Push to decarbonize cities after Paris talks

    Agarwala, M., Binner, A., Weisz, H., Schellnhuber, H.J., Doherty, P., Moerner, W.E., Smoot, G.F. (2015) Climate policy: Push to decarbonize cities after Paris talks. Nature 528, 193-193.


    In the news  4 September, 2014

    Put your money where your mouth is

    Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) is no panacea, but it can be an efficient tool for aligning incentives to benefit people, planet, and profit. read more »

    In the news  14 July, 2014

    Mike Stonard speaks to Matthew Agarwala, Senior Research Associate on the Global Enviroment at UEA, about Natural Capital

    Matthew Agarwala speaks to Mike Stonard about a recently release study of Natural Capital. Matthew is the lead researcher behind the study read more »

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    Book  8 October, 2014

    Handbook of Sustainable Development

    This Handbook takes stock of progress made in our understanding of what sustainable development actually is and how it can be measured and achieved. read more »

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