Prof. Unai Pascual  

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), Basque Country
University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee and Author of the SCOPE Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon


Dr. Unai Pascual is Ikerbasque Research Professor at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) and Senior Lecturer at the University of Cambridge (since 2003). Unai is an ecological economist with more than 15yrs experience who bridges the social and natural sciences for understanding complex social-ecological systems.

His research focuses on the interconnectedness between global environmental change and economic development paying special attention to the evolutionary role of institutions, markets and environmental governance across scales. He has conducted research projects in many countries around the world, including Europe, the USA and in developing countries such as Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, India, Ethiopia and Malawi.

Unai has an active role as advisor to international environmental policy bodies, including the European Commission, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (UN-FAO). He is member of the AgroBiodiversity scientific committee of Diversitas International, twice elected to the European Board of the European Society of Ecological Economists (ESEE) and editorial member of international journals in Environment and Development Economics.

He has been a Coordinating Lead Author for the Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative and has also been involved in the Millennium Assessment exercises in the UK (UKNEA) and Japan.

Prof. Unai Pascual’s work appears in more than 150 research outputs including books, conference proceedings, etc. as well as peer reviewed journal articles including Ecological Economics, Environment and Development Economics, Global Environmental Change, AMBIO, Environmental Science and Policy, Land Economics, Land Use Policy, Environmental Conservation, Conservation Biology, World Development, etc. He has also edited books with Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and Routledge.

Prof. Unai Pascual has lectured in universities in Europe (Cambridge, Manchester, York, Barcelona, Bilbao) and Latin America (Argentina, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Colombia) and visited universities in the USA and Mexico.