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Measuring and reporting on the biodiversity impact of businesses

Biodiversity is in a steady decline since the past few decades. Several reports and peer reviewed articles have highlighted the need for further research on the linkages between biodiversity and businesses. The business and finance sectors urgently require metrics to report and measure impacts of biodiversity conservation measures. However the effectiveness of biodiversity investments and conservation interventions is relatively unknown. In collaboration with the wider business and finance communities, this project will focus on three critical areas:

  1. A review of the effectiveness of a range of conservation interventions in the global south
  2. Analysis of the evidence for and against green bonds
  3. An analysis of the feasibility of scaling up of a select group of biodiversity interventions

Students with a background in quantitative and qualitative research methods and finance will be best suited for this project.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for the above PhD topic please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

Good luck!

This is a self funded topic

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: The UK Government is also offering Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.

Meet the Supervisor(s)

Nibedita Mukherjee - Nibedita Mukherjee is  interested in how decisions are shaped in conservation. Her current research focusses on: a) the linkages between scientific research and its impact on conservation decision making, (b) the precise nature of the decision making process itself and (c) the ways in which expert elicitation can be made more efficient.