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Dr Olivia Rendón

Environmental Economist

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Dr Olivia Rendón is a Social Scientist at PML. As an environmental economist, her main area of research is in the assessment and valuation of marine and coastal ecosystem services, and its application to sustainable management. She uses economic techniques, interviews, surveys and other qualitative and quantitative assessments. She specialises in Payment for Ecosystem Service Schemes, stated preference methods such as Discrete Choice Experiments and revealed preference methods such as Averting Behaviour and Cost-of-Illness. In addition, Olivia undertakes research exploring the social, economic and well-being impacts of different management measures e.g. grey to green flood defenses, protected areas. Her research is often interdisciplinary covering developing and developed countries, and ranges from the local to the national scale.

Olivia has a PhD in Environmental Economics and before joining PML she has worked in the UK and overseas in different capacities (academic, NGO and government).


South Asian Nitrogen Hub

Contact: Dr Yuri Artioli

The South Asian Nitrogen Hub is a pioneering UK-South Asia research partnership to enable South Asia to adopt and champion a strategic approach to...

CoastWEB - Valuing the contribution which COASTal habitats make to human health and WEllBeing, with a focus on the alleviation of natural hazards

Contact: Dr Nicola Beaumont

CoastWEB aims to holistically value the contribution which coastal habitats make to human health and wellbeing, with a focus on the alleviation of...

Other key projects


  • Valuing the contribution which COASTal habitats make to human health and WEllBeing, with a focus on the alleviation of natural hazards CoastWEB project (NERC, ESRC & AHRC)
  • Defra Natural Capital project
  • Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies Towards a Sustainable Europe BASE (EU FP7) project
  • Centre of Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)
  • Capacity building, ecology and economics of climate mitigation through REDD+ in Peru, ESPA project (NERC, ESRC & DfID)


Selected key publications

Rendón, O.R., M. Dallimer and J. Paavola. 2016. Flow and rent-based opportunity costs of water ecosystem service provision in a complex farming system. Ecology and Society 21(4): 36.

Bunse, L., O.R. Rendón and S. Luque. 2015. What can deliberative approaches bring to the monetary valuation of ecosystem services? A literature review. Ecosystem Services 14: 88-97.

Rendón, O.R., J. Paavola, J. R. Healey, J. P.G. Jones, T. R. Baker, and J. Torres. 2013. Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+): transaction costs of six Peruvian projects. Ecology and Society 18(1): 17.

Gonzalez-Socoloske D.,Taylor C.R., and O.R. Rendón. 2011. Distribution and conservation status of Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) in Honduras. Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals 9(2): 123-131.

Baker, T.R., J.P.G. Jones, O.R. Rendón, Rosa Maria Roman Cuesta, Dennis del Castillo, Ivis Chan Aguilar, Jorge Torres and John R. Healey. 2010. How can ecologists help realise the potential of payments for carbon in tropical forest countries? Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 1159-1165.