Hosted by Meri Juntti, Middlesex University London & Kerry Waylen, The James Hutton Institute

Natural capital and ecosystem services have gained huge traction in research and literature in the last decade, and are now beginning to inform policy and planning. The focus on natural capital provides an integrated approach for policy to respond to both economic and environmental imperatives, recognising the significance and value of nature in underpinning societal and economic processes. However, issues of scientific complexity and social justice remain, and critics suggest that the language of natural capital foregrounds a commodification of nature that renders some of its aspects obscured from view.

This session consist of short panel presentations of the key challenges that environmental governance is presently facing from policy makers and academics, and a discussion of whether and how policy responses based on natural capital and ecosystems services are capable of addressing these.

Chair: Prof. Alison Hester, The James Hutton Institute


  • Dr Meri Juntti, Middlesex University London
  • Jeremy Moody, The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV)
  • Professor Janet Dwyer, the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI)


This session is scheduled for Day 1, 21 May 2019, 1pm-2.30pm

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