School of Earth and Environment

Nesha Beharry-Borg Dr Nesha Beharry-Borg

Visiting researcher

Email address: N.C.Beharry-Borg@leeds.ac.uk

Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute

Biography

Nesha joined the sustainability research institute (SRI) in 2008 from York University where she read for a PhD. in Environmental Economics and Management. After working for a year as a Research Fellow in Integrated Modelling at SRI, she took up a lectureship offered by SRI within the water@leeds strategic interdisciplinary initiative.

Qualifications

BSc. Agribusiness Management, (1998), (The University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago); MSc. Natural Resource Management, (2001), (The University of the West Indies, Barbados); PhD. Environmental Economics and Management, (2008), (University of York, U.K.)

Research Interests

Nesha's main area of research interest is environmental economics. Her current research focuses on economic valuation of environmental resources. In particular, her recent work has contributed to the following two areas:

1) Methodological issues relating to the development of non-market valuation techniques (in particular discrete choice experiments)

2) The application of non-market valuation techniques to a range of policy relevant environmental issues, in particular, water, agriculture and land use, tourism and climate change.

Nesha is one the five water@leeds appointees and therefore has particular interest in issues relating to the sustainable water management. She sits on the water@leeds management board which helps to identify and facilitate water-related interdisciplinary research. She has also considerable interests and experience working on natural resource management issues in the Caribbean region.

Current Research Projects:

2009 - present: Towards a Climate Resilient, Low Carbon Regional Economy in Yorkshire (funded by Yorkshire Forward). Work involves economic evaluation of the regions capacity to respond to climate change impacts.

2008 - present: Determining the Socio-economic Implications of Agricultural Land Management Policies in UK Catchments (funded by the Yorkshire Water Company and the Sustainable Uplands Project). Work involves determining incentives for land managers and farmers to adopt water quality protection practices.

2008 - present: Ecosystem Services of Peat (funded by DEFRA). Work involves examining the costs and benefits of different management options for protection and restoration of peat.

2003 - present: Valuing Benefits of Improved Coastal Water Quality for Beach Recreationists in Tobago: A Discrete Choice Experiment Application. Work includes 1) Estimation of benefits of attributes associated with improved water quality 2) Methodological improvements in discrete choice experiment method (attribute relevance and differences between male and female responses)

Teaching Interests

Lectures on the following modules:

  • SOEE 5010 Research Methods (MSc. module)
  • SOEE 5600: Sustainability Assessment: Tools and Techniques (MSc. module)
  • SOEE 5591M: Participatory Environment Project/Policy Evaluation (MSc. Module)
  • SOEE 3420: Sustainable Development: Challenges Practice (3rd Year undergraduate module)

Publications

Peer-reviewed Conference Papers

N. Beharry and R. Scarpa (Abstract accepted with full paper submission pending). The implications of attribute-attendance in discrete choice experiments for non-market valuation in Tobago. International Choice Modelling Conference. Harrogate, UK, March 2009.

N. Beharry and R. Scarpa. Recreational benefits of improved coastal water quality in Tobago: Deriving individual-specific WTP estimates. Fifteenth Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Thessaloniki, Greece, June 2007.

N. Beharry and R. Scarpa. Valuing improved coastal water quality for beach recreation on the Caribbean island of Tobago. Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics on Ecological Sustainability and Human Well-Being. New Delhi, India, December 2006.

N. Beharry and R. Scarpa. Joint vs. separate decisions: Exploring responses of couples in choice experiments for non-market valuation in Tobago. Third World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists. Kyoto, Japan, July 2006.

Recent Reports:

N. Beharry-Borg, K. Hubacek, M. Termansen, Ji. Smart, P. J. Chapman, B. J.M. Robroek, J. Holden, B. J. Irvine, M. J. Kirkby, D. Ashley, D. S. Chapman, C. H. Quinn, M. S. Reed, P.Kay. Determining the socio-economic implications of different land management policies in Yorkshire Water's catchments. Report for Yorkshire Water. August 2009.

Other:

E. L. Tompkins, E. Fraser, L. Stringer, N. Beharry, C. Quinn, M. Termansen and A. J. Challinor. Response from the University of Leeds (Sustainability Research Institute and Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Research) to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution: Questions on climate change adaptation. September 2008.

Publications

  • Brown LE; Mitchell G; Holden J; Folkard A; Wright N; Beharry-Borg N; Berry G; Brierley B; Chapman P; Clarke SJ; Cotton L; Dobson M; Dollar E; Fletcher M; Foster J; Hanlon A; Hildon S; Hiley P; Hillis P; Hoseason J; Johnston K; Kay P; McDonald A; Parrott A; Powell A; Slack RJ; Sleigh A; Spray C; Tapley K; Underhill R; Woulds C (2010) Priority water research questions as determined by UK practitioners and policy makers., Sci Total Environ, 409, pp.256-266. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2010.09.040
  • Beharry-Borg N; Scarpa R (2010) Valuing quality changes in Caribbean coastal waters for heterogeneous beach visitors, ECOL ECON, 69, pp.1124-1139. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2009.12.007
  • Beharry-Borg; N; Scarpa R (2010) Valuing quality changes in Caribbean coastal waters for heterogeneous beach visitors., Ecological Economics, 69, pp.1124-1139. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2009.12.007
  • Holden J; REED M; HUBACEK K; WORRALL F; BEHARRY-BORG N; BURT T; CHAPMAN P; DOUGILL A; FRASER E; IRVINE B; JIN N; KIRKBY M; PRELL C; QUINN C; TERMANSEN M; BUCKMASTER S (2010) Sustainable uplands for sustainable lowlands., In: ATHERDEN M; BLOOMER A; WALLACE V (Ed) Yorkshire’s green and healthy land? Connecting urban and rural greenspace., PLACE, pp.22-30.
  • HUBACEK K; BEHARRY N; BONN A; BURT T; HOLDEN J; RAVERA F; REED M; STRINGER L; TARRASÓN D (2009) Ecosystem services in dynamic and contested landscapes: the case of UK uplands., In: Winter M; Lobley M (Ed) What Is Land For?, Earthscan / James & James.
  • Beharry-Borg N; Hensher DA; Scarpa R (2009) An Analytical Framework for Joint vs Separate Decisions by Couples in Choice Experiments: The Case of Coastal Water Quality in Tobago, ENVIRON RESOUR ECON, 43, pp.95-117. doi: 10.1007/s10640-009-9283-7
  • Bonn A; Holden J; Parnell M; Worrall F; Chapman PJ; Evans CD; Termansen M; Beharry-Borg N; Acreman MC; Rowe E; Emmett B; Tsuchiya A (2009) Ecosystem services of peat - Phase 1 Project code: SP0572, .
  • Beharry N; Hubacek K; Bonn A; Burt T; Holden J; Ravera F; Reed M; Stringer L; Tarrason D (2009) Ecosystem services in dynamic and contested landscapes: the case of UK uplands., In: Winter M; Lobley M (Ed) What is Land for? The Food, Fuel and Climate Change Debate., Earthscan.
  • Beharry N; Scarpa R (2009) Valuing improved coastal water quality for beach recreation on the Caribbean island of Tobago., In: Kumar P; Muradian R (Ed) Payment for ecosystem services, Oxford University Press.
  • Reed MS; Bonn A; Slee W; Beharry-Borg N; Birch J; Brown I; Burt TP; Chapman D; Chapman PJ; Clay G; Cornell S; Fraser EDG; Holden J; Hodgson J; Hubacek K; Irvine B; Jin N; Kirkby MJ; Kunin W; Moore O; Moseley D; Prell C; Quinn C; Redpath S; Stagl S; Stringer LC; Termansen M; Thorp S; Towers W; Worrall F (2009) The future of the uplands., Land Use Policy, 26, pp.202-216.
  • Tompkins E; Fraser E; Stringer L; Beharry N; Quinn C; Challinor A (Submitted) Sustainability Research Institute and Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Research) to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution: Questions on climate change adaptation., .
  • Beharry N; Scarpa R (Accepted) The implications of researcher-selected versus respondent-selected attributes in a discrete choice experiment., In: Bennett J; Birol E (Ed) Choice Experiments in Developing Countries: Implementation, Challenges and Policy Implications, Edward Elgar Press.