Professional summary

Research Interests

Rob Dunford is a Geographer with over 15 years experience working as an interdisciplinary research scientist. He specialises in approaches that integrate understanding across a range of environmental sectors and disciplines both in the natural and social sciences. His research has a broad focus on the research question: "How can we best manage the environment in a way that best considers the interdependencies between its different components?"". More specifically his research focuses on concepts such as natural capital and ecosystem services and on the application of mixed-method and integrated approaches that facilitate the development of better environmental understanding in science, policy and practice. His research interests are:

  • Integrated modelling: Working to develop integrated modelling systems that allow interactions between different environmental sectors to be taken into consideration (with a particular focus on <font color="blue"> impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystem services). </font>
  • Futures analysis: Exploring the influences of combined environmental and socio-economics drivers on different sectors and understanding the synergies and trade-offs between sectors in these different futures and the vulnerability of different sections of society to these changes.
  • Natural Capital and Ecosystem services - as a concept in practice: Exploring the utility of the ecosystem services concept both as a mechanism for to understand impacts of future change on human wellbeing and exploring its opportunities as a practical tools for land management practitioners.
  • Environmental managment: Understanding the social, political and environmental factors that enable and constrain the way the environment is managed in practice.

Brief CV

  • 2016- present Senior Natural Capital Scientist, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford
  • 2014- present Lecturer in Environmental Geography, St Catherine's College, Oxford University
  • 2016-2018 Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford Environmental Change Institute
  • 2010-2016 Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford Environmental Change Institute
  • 2007-2010 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Archaeology, University of Durham
  • 2002-2006 Research Associate in Geography, University of Durham



Dunford, R., Harrison, P., Smith, A., Dick, J., Barton, D.N., Martin-Lopez, B., Keleman, E., Jacobs, S., Saarikoski, H., Tukelboom, F., Verheyden, W., Hack, J., et al., (2017) Integrating methods for ecosystem service assessment: Experiences from real world situations. Ecosystem Services.

Dunford, R., Harrison, P. and Bagstad, K. (2017) Computer modelling for ecosystem service assessment. In, Burkhard, B. and Maes, J. (eds.) Mapping Ecosystem Services. Pensoft. Commissioned by EU and Leibniz Universität Hannover. pp. 126-137.

Alexander, P., Prestele, R., Verburg, P., Arneth, A., Baranzelli, C., Sliva, F., Brown, C., Butler, A., Calvin, K., Dendoncker, N., Doelman, J., Dunford, R., Engstrom, K., et al.,  (2017) Assessing uncertainties in land cover projections. Global Change Biology, 23(2): 767-781.

Jacobs, S., Martin-Lopez, B., Barton, D.N., Dunford, R., Harrison, P., Kelemen, E., Saarikoski, H., Termansen, M., Garcia-Llorente, M., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Kopperoinen, L., Luque, S., Palomo, I., Priess, J.A., Rusch, G.M., Tenerelli, P., Turkelboom, F., Demeyer, R. and Smith, R. (2017) The means determine the end – Pursuing integrated valuation in practice. Ecosystems Services.

Priess, J.A., Hauck, J., Haines-Young, R., Alkemade, R., Mandryk, M., Veerkamp, C., Gyorgyi, B., Dunford, R., Berry, P., Harrison, P., Dick, J., Keune, H., Kok, M., Kopperoinen, L., Lazarova, T., Maes, J., Pataki, G., Pataki, G., Preda, E., Schleyer, C. Gorg, C., Vadineanu, A. and Zulian, G. (2017) New EU-scale environmental scenarios until 2050 – Scenario process and initial scenario applications..

Smith, R.I., Barton, D.N., Dick, J., Haines-Young, R., Madsen, A.L., Rusch, G.M., Terminen, M., Woods, H., Carvalho, L., Guida, R.C., Luque, S., Idee, D., Rusch, V., Saarikoski, H., Adamescu, C.M., Dunford, R., Ochieng, J., Gonzalez-Redin, J., Stange, E., Vadineanu, A., Verweij, P., Vikstrom, S. (2017) Operationalising ecosystem service assessment in Bayesian Belief Networks: Experiences within the OpenNESS project. Ecosystem Services.


Hirons, M., Comberti, C. and Dunford, R. (2016) Valuing Cultural Ecosystem Services. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 41: 545-547.Gómez-Baggethun, E., Barton, D.N., Berry, P., Dunford, R. and Harrison, P.A. (2016) Concepts and Methods in Ecosystem Services Valuation. Chapter 8 in, Potschin, M., Haines-Young, R., Fish, R. and Turner, R.K. (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge.

Harrison, P., Dunford, R., Holman, I. and Rounsevell, M. (2016) Climate change impact modelling needs to include cross-sectoral interactions. Nature Climate Change, 6: 885-890.


Dunford, R., Harrison, P.A. and Rounsevell, M.D.A. (2015) Exploring scenario and model uncertainty in cross-sectoral integrated assessment approaches to climate change impacts. Climatic Change, 132(3): 417-432.

Dunford, R., Harrison, P.A., Jager, J., Rounsevell, M.D.A. and Tinch, R. (2015) Exploring climate change vulnerability across sectors and scenarios using indicators of impacts and coping capacity. Climatic Change, 128(3): 339-354.

Dunford, R.W., Smith, A.C., Harrison, P.A. and Hanganu, D. (2015) Ecosystem service provision in a changing Europe: adapting to the impacts of combined climate and socio-economic change. Landscape Ecology, 30(3): 443-461.

Dunford, R.W., Smith, A.C., Harrison, P.A. and Hanganu, D. (2015) Ecosystem service provision in a changing Europe: adapting to the impacts of combined climate and socio-economic change. Landscape Ecology, 30(3): 443-461.

Harrison, P.A., Dunford, R., Savin, C., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Holman, A.S., Kebede, A.S. and Stuch, B. (2015) Cross-sectoral impacts of climate change and socio-economic change for multiple, European land- and water-based sectors. Climatic Change, 128(3-4).

Jager, J., Rousevell, M.D.A., Harrison, P.A., Omann, I., Dunford, R., Kammerlander, M. and Pataki, G. (2015) Assessing policy robustness of climate change adaptation measures across sectors and scenarios. Climatic Change, 128(3-4): 395-407.

Kebede, A.S., Dunford, R., Mokrech, M., Audsley, E., Harrison, P.A., Holman, I.P., Nicholls, R.J., Rickebusch, S., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Sabaté, S., Sallaba, F., Sanchez, A., Savin, C., Trnka, M., Wimmer, F. (2015) Direct and indirect impacts of climate and socio-economic change in Europe: a sensitivity analysis for key land- and water-based sectors. Climatic Change, 128(3-4): 261-277.

Tinch, R., Jager, J., Omann, I., Harrison, P.A., Wesely, J. and Dunford, R. (2015) Applying a capitals framework to measuring coping and adaptive capacity in integrated assessment models. Climatic Change, 128(3-4): 323-337.
Wimmer, F., Audsley, E., Malsy, M., Savin, C., Dunford, R., Harrison, P.A., Schaldach, R. and Florke, M. (2015) Modelling the effects of cross-sectoral water allocation schemes in Europe. Climatic Change, 128(3): 229-244.

Before 2014

Harrison, P.A., Berry, P.M., Simpson, G., Haslett, J.R., Blicharska, M., Bucur, M., Dunford, R., Egoh, B., Garcia-Llorente, M., Geamana, N., Geertsema, W., Lommelen, E., Meiresonne, L. and Turkelboom, F. (2014) Linkages between biodiversity attributes and ecosystem services: A systematic review. Ecosystem Services, 9: 191-203.

Wilkinson, T.J., Philip, G., Bradbury, J., Dunford, R., Donoghue, D., Galiatsatos, N., Lawrence, D., Ricci, A. and Smith, S.L. (2014) Contextualizing early urbanization: settlement cores, early states and agro-pastoral strategies in the fertile crescent during the fourth and third millennia BC. Journal of world prehistory, April(2014).

University of Oxford, E.C.I. (2013) Assessing the preparedness of England’s natural resources for a changing climate: exploring trends in vulnerability to climate change using indicators.ECI, HR Wallingford, Climate Resilience Ltd and Forest Research (eds.) ASC.

Dunford, R.W. and Berry, P. (2012) Climate change modelling of English amphibians and reptiles. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC-Trust).

Dunford, R.W., Donoghue, D.N.M and Burt, T.P. (2012) Forest land cover continues to exacerbate freshwater acidification despite decline in sulphate emissions. Environmental Pollution, 167: 58-69.

Wilkinson, T.J., Galiatsatos, N., Lawrence, D., Ricci, A., Dunford, R. and Philip, G. (2012) Late Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Landscapes of Settlement and Mobility in the Middle Euphrates: A Reassessment. Levant, 44(2): 139-185.

Hervouet, A., Dunford, R., Piegay, H., Belletti, B. and Tremelo, M-L. (2011) Analysis of post-flood recruitment patterns in braided channel rivers at multiple scales based on an image series collected by unmanned aerial vehicles, ultra-light aerial vehicles and satellites. GIScience and Remote Sensing, 48(1): 50-73.

Dunford, R., Michel, K., Gagnage, M., Piégay, H. and Trémelo, M.L. (2009) Potential and constraints of UAV technology for the characterisation of Mediterranean riparian forest. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 30(19): 4915-4935.

Dunford, R. (2008) Forest impacts on freshwater acidification: an investigation of policy and practice in Galloway, S.W. Scotland. Doctoral Thesis, Durham University.

Donoghue, D.N.M., Watt, P.J., Cox, N.J., Dunford, R.W., Wilson, J., Stables, S. and Smith, S. (2004) An evaluation of the use of satellite data for monitoring early development of young Sitka spruce plantation forest growthAn evaluation of the use of satellite data for monitoring early development of young Sitka spruce plantation forest growth. Forestry, 77(5): 383-396.

Donoghue, D.N.M., Zong, Y., Dunford, R.W. and Watt, P.J. (2003) An investigation of the sediment budget, the fate of contaminants and dating sediment contamination in the Teesmouth and Cleveland coast spa: final contract report for the environment agency. University of Durham Environment Agency.


    • PhD, 2008. University of Durham. Forest Impacts on Freshwater Quality an assessment of Policy and Practice (ESRC/NERC funded)
    • MSc, 2002. University of Durham. Spatial Information Technology
    • BSc, 2001. University of Durham. Geography