Jonathan Atkins UNI-3249

Professor Jonathan Atkins

Professor of Economics

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

01482 463054

Jon Atkins is Professor of Economics and has previously held posts at the University of Manchester and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

He specialises in estuarine, marine and terrestrial environmental economics - especially the economics of ecosystem services, environmental valuation and management.

He also has long standing interests in development economics and agricultural economics.

Jon has contributed to the delivery of numerous multidisciplinary projects funded by the European Union, Natural Environment Research Council, Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, the wildlife trusts, and others.


Research Interests

  • Estuarine, marine and terrestrial environmental economics

  • Ecosystem services, and environmental valuation and management

  • Development economics

  • Agricultural economics

  • Local and regional development

Research groups

Current and recent projects include

Resource Recovery and Remediation of Alkaline Wastes, which is part of the Resource Recovery from Waste (RRfW) programme funded by NERC.

Greenport (Economic, Social and Environmental) Impact Assessment Project, commissioned by Green Port Hull and funded by the Regional Growth Fund.

DEVOTES - Development of Innovative Tools for Understanding Marine Biodiversity and Assessing Good Environmental Status, commenced 2012 and completed 2016.

Jon has ongoing collaborations with members of the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS), the Centre for Systems Science (CSS), and the Logistics Institute.


A.J. Gregory and J.P. Atkins, 'Community Operational Research and Citizen Science: Two Icons in Need of Each Other?', European Journal of Operational Research (forthcoming).

T. Börger, C. Hattam, D. Burdon, J.P. Atkins, M.C. Austen, ‘Valuing Conservation Benefits of an Offshore Marine Protected Area’, Ecological Economics, Vol. 108 (2014), pp. 229–241.

J.P. Atkins, D. Burdon, M. Elliott and A.J. Gregory, ‘Management of the Marine Environment: Integrating Ecosystem Services and Societal Benefits with the DPSIR Framework in a Systems Approach’, Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 62 (2011), pp. 215-226.

P. Allanson and J.P Atkins, ‘The Evolution of the Racial Wage Hierarchy in Post-Apartheid South Africa’, Journal of Development Studies, Vol.41, No.6 (August 2005), pp.1023-50.

J.P. Atkins, S. Mazzi, and C. Easter, ‘A Commonwealth Vulnerability Index for Developing Countries: The Position of Small States’, Commonwealth Secretariat Economic Paper 40, January 2000, pp.viii + 64. London: Commonwealth Secretariat. ISBN 0 85092 637 8.


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • World Economy (Level 4)

  • Microeconomics (Level 5)

  • Development Economics (Level 5)

  • International and EU Economics (Level 6)

  • Economic Environment (MBA module)

Research PhDs

Environmental economics; ecosystem services; development economics; agricultural economics; local and regional development.

Completed PhDs 

Ecological and Economic Valuation of Managed Realignment Sites, Humber Estuary, UK: Benefits for Society.

UK’s Climate Change Levy and Emission Trading Scheme: Its Implications for Competitiveness and Efficiency. Evidence for the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

Analysis of the International Tourism Demand in Egypt in Light of the International Changes and Developments.

Efficiency of the Zimbabwean Mining and Quarrying Sector.

Aspects of Sudanese Trade 1960 - 1999.

Cost Structures and Efficiency of the Zimbabwean Engineering Sector.

Racial Wage Discrimination in the 1994 South African Labour Market.

Current PhD supervisons 

Assessing and Developing Methods to Robustly Measure the Economic Impact of Major Investments on Local Economies.

A Farm Level Study of the Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture in Bangladesh.

Investigating the Impacts of Climate Change on Ecosystem Services in UK Agro-Ecosystems.


Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA(Hons) Economics and Agricultural Economics (University of Nottingham)

  • Diploma in Advanced Studies (University of Manchester)

  • PhD Agricultural Economics (University of Manchester)

External roles

  • External Examiner, Imperial College Business School, London

  • Associate of the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS), University of Hull

Awards and accolades

Research grants awarded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the European Union, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), Commonwealth Secretariat, Environment Agency (including former National Rivers Authority), Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), The Wildlife Trusts, Northern Ireland Marine Task Force, Technology Strategy Board, Associated British Ports, Humber LEP, Hull City Council, Regional Growth Fund, and others.

Member of the NERC Valuing Nature Network (VNN) on Coastal Ecosystem Services, and of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) Follow-On project on Economic Values: Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services.