Dr Tara Hooper

Environmental Economist

Tara Hooper

Contact Details

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Dr Tara Hooper is an environmental economist with a background in marine ecology, whose work focuses on interpreting ecological information in ecosystem service terms and in exploring ecosystem service approaches to impact assessment. She has a particular interest in the environmental and social impacts of marine renewable energy. Her NERC-funded PhD considered the costs and benefits of tidal range energy generation, from which she has published both a review of the literature on the impacts of tidal barrages and a methodology for scoping the environmental and social costs and benefits of a tidal barrage development. Her wider research includes evaluating the impacts of offshore wind farms (considering in particular the artificial reef effects of energy infrastructure and its potential to support benthic communities and fish stocks), as well as investigating recreational use of coastal areas. She has also carried out monetary valuations of the benefits from marine ecosystem services (applying contingent valuation, choice experiment and travel cost methods). Her work requires engagement with the marine renewable energy industry, regulators and planning authorities, and with wider stakeholders and the general public, and she has regularly led and supported the implementation of workshops, focus groups, surveys and interviews.

Key Projects

South West Partnership for Environment & Economic Prosperity (SWEEP)
Building Socio-Ecological Resilience to Coral Reef Degradation in the Islands of the Western Indian Ocean
Economic Benefits of Marine Protected Areas
Addressing Valuation of Energy & Nature Together (ADVENT)


Hooper, T., Hattam, C. and Austen, M. 2017. Recreational use of offshore wind farms: Experiences and opinions of sea anglers in the UK. Marine Policy 78: 55-60

Hattam, C., Hooper, T. and Papathanasopoulou E. 2017. A Well-Being Framework for Impact Evaluation: the Case of the UK Offshore Wind Industry. Marine Policy 78: 122-131

Hooper, T., Beaumont, N., and Hattam, C. 2017. The implications of energy systems for ecosystem services:
A detailed case study of offshore wind. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 70:230-241

Hooper, T., Langmead, O. and Ashley, M. 2016. Ecosystem Services in Marine Environmental Impact Assessment: Tools to support marine planning at project and strategic scales. In: Geneletti D. (Ed) Handbook on biodiversity and ecosystem services in impact assessment. Edward Elgar.

Charles, M., Mongruel, R., Beaumont, N., Hooper, T., Levrel, H., Thiébaut, E. and Pendleton, L. 2016. Towards effective marine and coastal ecosystem services assessment in marine management. In: Potschin, M., Haines-Young, R., Fish, R. and Turner, R.K. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge, London and New York, pp 359-373.

Papathanasopoulou E., Beaumont N., Hooper T., Nunes J. and Queirós A.M. 2015. Energy systems and their impacts on marine ecosystem services. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 52:917-926

Börger, T., Hooper, T. L., & Austen, M. C. 2015. Valuation of ecological and amenity impacts of an offshore windfarm as a factor in marine planning. Environmental Science & Policy, 54, 126-133.

Hooper T., Ashley M. and Austen M. 2015. Perceptions of fishers and developers on the co-location of offshore wind farms and decapods fisheries in the UK. Marine Policy 61: 16-22

Pendleton, L., Mongruel, R., Beaumont, N., Hooper, T., and Charles, M. 2015. A triage approach to improve the relevance of marine ecosystem services assessments Marine Ecology Progress Series 530: 183-193

Hooper T., and Austen M. 2014. The co-location of offshore windfarms and decapod fisheries in the UK: Constraints and opportunities. Marine Policy 43: 295-300

Hooper T., Cooper P., Hunt A. and Austen M. 2014. A methodology for the assessment of local-scale changes in marine environmental benefits and its application. Ecosystem Services 8:65-74

Hooper T., and Austen M. 2013. Tidal barrages in the UK: Ecological and social impacts, potential mitigation, and tools to support barrage planning. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 23:289-298

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