Professor of Environmental Economics; Deputy Head of Department
Department of Geography and Environment
Tel: [+44] (0)20 7955 7718
Room: STC 4.20, St Clement's Building, LSE
Susana is an environmental economist with over 20 years of professional experience. She joined the Department of Geography and Environment in 2008, having previously worked at Imperial College London. Much of her research has sought to develop, test and apply economic techniques to the valuation of a wide range of environmental, health and social impacts related to ecosystem service loss, landscape change, proximity to nature, air and water pollution, climate change, introduction of new energy technologies, and cultural heritage change. More recently, she has undertaken research on the links between subjective well-being and the natural environment. Susana has over 70 scientific publications, including papers in leading journals of her field (J. Environmental Economics & Management, Environmental & Resource Economics, Ecological Economics, Environment & Development Economics, Environment & Planning A, Urban Studies, Energy Policy)and 3 books. She has worked on more than 50 research projects and consultancies for research councils, governments, industry, charities and international organisations. She currently leads the economic analysis work package of Climate for Culture, a large interdisciplinary FP7 EU project, and recently led the economic analysis of cultural services for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.
Susana is Professor of Environmental Economics, Director of Graduate Studies and co-leader of the Resource Security research stream at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
Economic valuation: methodological developments and applications to environment, health, sports, crime and cultural heritage
Ecosystem services: measurement, valuation and market-based conservation
Life satisfaction and the environment: exploring links between subjective well-being and the environment
Bio-security risks: evaluating landscape, ecological and health impacts of potential threats from pests, diseases and invasive pathogens
Low-energy technologies: measuring preferences and behavioural change in a low-carbon economy
Selected recent publications:
People find most happiness in natural surroundings, according to new study
Being outdoors, near the sea, on a warm, sunny weekend afternoon is the perfect spot for most, according to a ground-breaking study employing mobile technology to track people’s wellbeing in different environments. In fact, participants were found to be substantially happier outdoors in all natural environments than they were in urban environments.
The study was led by Professor Susana Mourato of LSE and Dr George MacKerron from the University of Sussex