University of Oxford
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I am an ecological economist broadly focused on themes of ecological compensation, no net loss/net gain, environmental and conservation psychology, social justice, and human well-being. I am particularly interested in (i) improving the effectiveness of incentive-based conservation instruments such as payment for ecosystem services and biodiversity offsetting, (ii) developing conservation strategies that can lead to the desired outcomes from both nature and people perspectives, and (iii) understanding the socio-psychological mechanisms behind human attitude and behaviour towards the environment.
My current study aims to understand how people’s well-being is affected by the environmental change caused by economic developments with ecological compensations.
2020-Present: Ph.D. with Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, University of Oxford, UK;
Gao, S.*, Bull, J. W., Baker, J., zu Ermgassen, S. O., & Milner‐Gulland, E. J. (2023). Analyzing the outcomes of China’s ecological compensation scheme for development‐related biodiversity loss. Conservation Science and Practice, 5(10), e13010.
Gao, S.*, Bull, J. W., Wu, Z., Qiao, R., Xia, L., & Lim, M. K. (2022). China’s restoration fees require transparency. Science, 377(6604), 379-380.