Murray Collins

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Murray Collins

Former research student

Murray’s PhD is on the quantification and valuation of forest carbon and forest biodiversity. The research draws on both the social and natural sciences and is funded by the NERC-ESRC. He is hosted at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the Zoological Society of London.

Murray is supervised by Susana Mourato, Marcus Rowcliffe and Chris Carbone.

Background

Murray studied for a BSc in Anthropology and Geography at University College London and La Sorbonne (Paris V, Rene Déscartes; ‘Mention Excellent’). He has an MSc from Imperial College London in Conservation Science (Distinction).

Murray has most recently worked on the economics team of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, and for the Grantham Research Institute, producing the 3rd GLOBE review of climate change legislation.

Prior to PhD research, he worked for the government of Gabon, undertaking research on forest carbon stocks, to help the country build its position in UNFCCC discussions over a potential international REDD+ mechanism. He has also worked in Indonesia, as a field researcher, placing camera traps for National Geographic. In addition, Murray made a natural history mystery film with Banyak Productions about a primate said to live in the mountain rainforests of Sumatra.

Research interests

  • Quantification and valuation of ecosystem services;
  • Payments for ecosystem services;
  • Institutional aspects of environmental policy implementation;
  • Tropical forests, carbon emissions and biodiversity conservation;
  • Remote sensing of the environment.

2015

Research article  8 September, 2015

The political economy of passing climate change legislation: evidence from a survey

This paper reviews the main domestic factors that drive legislation on climate change. read more »

Research article  29 January, 2015

Do international factors influence the passage of climate change legislation?

The number of climate change laws in major economies has grown from less than 40 in 1997 to almost 500 at the end of 2013. The passage of these laws is influenced by both domestic and international factors. This paper reviews the main international factors, drawing on a powerful new dataset of climate legislation in 66 national jurisdictions. We find that the propensity to legislate on climate change is heavily influenced by the passage of similar laws elsewhere, suggesting a strong and so far under-appreciated role for international policy diffusion. read more »

2014

Working paper  3 April, 2014

Domestic dynamics and international influence: What explains the passage of climate change legislation?

This paper analyses national and international factors that drive the adoption of legislation on climate change. Our unique dataset of climate laws identifies 419 pieces of … read more »

Policy publicationsResearch article  18 January, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study

A review of climate change legislation in 66 Countries Michal Nachmany, Sam Fankhauser, Terry Townshend, Murray Collins, Tucker Landesman, Adam Matthews, Carolina Pavese, Katharina Rietig, Philip Schleifer and Joana Setzer

2013

Research article  21 December, 2013

Large trees drive forest aboveground biomass variation in moist lowland forests across the tropics

Large trees (d.b.h. ≥ 70 cm) store large amounts of biomass. Several studies suggest that large trees may be vulnerable to changing climate, potentially leading to declining forest biomass storage. Here we … read more »

Research article  25 April, 2013

How national legislation can help to solve climate change

Reference Townshend, T., Fankhauser, S., Aybar, R., Collins, M., Landesman, T., Nachmany, M., and Pavese, C. April 2013. How national legislation can help to solve climate change. Nature Climate Change, v.3, pp.430-432.

2011

Research article  20 October, 2011

Wildlife conservation and reduced emissions from deforestation in a case study of Nantu Wildlife Reserve, Sulawesi: 2 An institutional framework for REDD+ implementation

Climate change threatens ecosystems and human society, with tropical deforestation contributing a fifth of anthropogenic carbon emissions. The proposed REDD mechanism will provide compensation for tropical forest nations to … read more »

Research article  19 October, 2011

Wildlife conservation and reduced emissions from deforestation in a case study of Nantu National Park, Sulawesi: 1. The effectiveness of forest protection—many measures, one goal

Discussions on how to reduce carbon emissions from deforestation and degradation have prompted scrutiny of methods for measuring rates of forest loss, as well as discussion of the role … read more »

Research article  20 June, 2011

Chapter 22: Economic values from ecosystems

Reference Collins, M. (contributing author), et al. June 2011. Chapter 22: Economic values from ecosystems. The UK National Ecosystem Assessment.

Research article  14 April, 2011

Mapping tropical forest biomass with radar and spaceborne LiDAR: overcoming problems of high biomass and persistent cloud

The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano starting on 14 April 2010 resulted in the spreading of volcanic ash over most parts of Europe. In Slovenia, the presence of volcanic … read more »

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2014

Policy publications  1 February, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study: a review of climate change legislation in 66 countries

Note: New and updated 2015 edition available The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study is the most comprehensive audit of climate legislation across 66 countries, together responsible for around 88% of global … read more »

Policy publicationsResearch article  18 January, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study

A review of climate change legislation in 66 Countries Michal Nachmany, Sam Fankhauser, Terry Townshend, Murray Collins, Tucker Landesman, Adam Matthews, Carolina Pavese, Katharina Rietig, Philip Schleifer and Joana Setzer

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2011

Announcement  2 June, 2011

Susana Mourato, Steve Gibbons, Giles Atkinson, George MacKerron, Guilherme Resende and Murray Collins contribute to UK National Ecosystem Assessment, published today

Staff, students and members of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment have contributed to this report, which provides an analysis of the UK's natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and continuing economic prosperity. read more »

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2013

Public Lectures 20 Nov 2013

Climate Change and Cocktails

Speakers: Included David Stainforth, Naomi Hicks, Maria Carvalho, Amelia Sharman, David Wilson and Murray Collins Climate change experts from the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE and at Imperial College … read more »

2010

Grantham Workshop, Policy Seminars 18 Nov 2010

Using Topical Forests for Climate Change Mitigation: searching for synergies with biodiversity conservation

In association with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Institute of Zoology at the Zoological Society of London. Speaker: Murray Collins

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