Honorary Research Associate
Guy Duke is a Senior Visiting Research Associate at the ECI, working on the Ecosystems Research Theme. His main area of expertise is on ecosystem markets and related policy, with a focus on UK and EU levels.
Guy consults independently. Current and recent work includes: Business Champion, Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team (NERC/ESRC/AHRC/BBSRC/Defra funded); General Counsel and Innovation Lead, EU Business and Biodiversity Platform; PI, research for Defra on offsetting markets in the US and Australia; PI for Phase 1 and Phase 2 research for the UK Ecosystem Markets Task Force (financed by Defra and by NERC through the Valuing Nature Network). He is Director Europe & Research, The Environment Bank Ltd, a company at the forefront of emerging ecosystems markets in the UK and EU. Representing EBL, he is a Steering Committee member of the FP7 project OpenNESS (in which Oxford ECI is also a partner) which focuses on making the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services more operational. Guy was appointed by the Secretary of State for Environment as an Independent Member of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (statutory adviser to UK government on UK and international nature conservation) and is currently Deputy Chair JNCC and Chair JNCC Audit and Risk Management Committee. He is an evaluator of environmental research and Marie Curie proposals for the European Commission and Research Executive Agency.
From 2002-07, Guy was Principal Administrator Biodiversity Policy at the European Commission, DG Environment. In this capacity, he was architect of the 2006 EU policy which introduced the concept of ecosystem services to the EU acquis and strengthened attention to the economic value of nature. He played a key role in launching the study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). He also created a multi-million euro portfolio of science-to-policy projects addressing key issues such as ecosystem fragmentation, and biodiversity and climate change.
Prior to joining the Commission, Guy was a director in the International Development Services division of Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for whom he created a natural resources and biodiversity business with donor clients (World Bank, EC, DFID, etc.). In his early career he pioneered, for BirdLife International, a major conservation and development project among remote, tribal communities in the Pakistan Himalaya and led numerous research expeditions, making a series of ecological discoveries.
Guy Duke has authored many reports, policy papers, technical and research proposals, peer-reviewed papers and popular articles. He has mobilised over €20 million for natural resources management and biodiversity projects under his direction. He holds M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in environmental sciences from London and Durham and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He lives and works in Brussels.
Selected publications, reports and proposals
- Duke, G. (2016) Ecosystem Services and the Greening of Business. In: Potschin, M., Haines-Young, R., Fish, R. & Turner, K. (2016) Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Earthscan from Routledge.
- Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team (2015). Identifying Priorities for the Health & Wellbeing Funding Call: Pathways to Impact with Business. Valuing Nature Programme Report No. 3. (compiled by G Duke).
- Duke, G. (2015). EU B@B Platform. Workstream 2. Innovation for Business & Biodiversity. Report to DG Environment. Final Report Phase 2 Year 1. 24 pp.
- Duke, G. (2014) Making natural capital and ecosystem services operational in Europe through biodiversity offsetting and habitat banking. In: Sander, J., Dendoncker, N. and Keune, H. (eds.) (2014). Ecosystem Services, Global Issues, Local Practices. Elsevier. 325-330.
- Duke, G. and ten Kate, K. (2014). Exploring lessons learned from biodiversity offsetting markets in other countries that could inform appraisal of options for delivering offsets in England. Final Report to Defra. Forest Trends, Washington, D.C. 84 pages.
- Duke, G., et al. (2013) Scope and Objectives of the No Net Loss Initiative. Working Group on No Net Loss of Ecosystems and their Services. EC DG Environment. 17 pages.
- Duke, G., Conway, M., Dickie, I., Juniper, T., Quick, T., Rayment, M., Smith, S., (2013). EMTF Second Phase Research: Opportunities for UK Business that Protect and/or Value Nature. Final Report. ICF GHK, London
- Duke, G., Dickie, I., Juniper, T., ten Kate, K., Pieterse, M., Rafiq, M., Rayment, M., Smith, S. and Voulvoulis, N. (2012) Opportunities for UK Business that Value and/or Protect Nature’s Services; Elaboration of Proposals for Potential Business Opportunities. Final Report to the Ecosystem Markets Task Force and Valuing Nature Network. GHK, London.
- Duke, G., Dickie, I., Juniper, T., ten Kate, K., Pieterse, M., Rafiq, M., Rayment, M., Smith, S. and Voulvoulis, N. (2012) Opportunities for UK Business that Value and/or Protect Nature’s Services; Elaboration of Proposals for Potential Business Opportunities. Attachment 1 to Final Report to the Ecosystem Markets Task Force and Valuing Nature Network. GHK, London.
- Dickie, I., Gantolier, S., Cooper, G., McConville, A., Dutton, A., Burrett, R., Duke, G. and Treweek, J. (2012) Innovative use of financial instruments and approaches to enhance private sector finance of biodiversity. Final Report to European Commission Directorate-General Environment. Eftec, London.
- Duke, G. (ed.) (2011) Research and Monitoring for and with Raptors in Europe – Inaugural Workshop – Final Report. EURAPMON, Brussels. 192 pages.
- Duke, G. (2010) LWEC and the EU – an overview of knowledge exchange issues with recommendations for LWEC. Directorate, Living with Environmental Change, University of East Anglia. 157 pages.
- Duke, G (2010) The Relevance of Habitat Banking to EU policies. The Environment Bank Ltd. 4 pages.
- Movalli, P., Duke, G. & Osborn, D. 2008. Introduction to monitoring for and with raptors. In: Movalli, P. & Duke, G. (eds). Monitoring for and with raptors in Europe. Ambio 37(6), 395-396.
- Duke, G. (ed.). 2007. A Stern-like Biodiversity Study (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) – Brainstorm Meeting 27 June 2007, DG Environment, Brussels - Report with Operational Conclusions. DG Environment, European Commission. 99 pages.
- Dimas, S. 2006. A challenge as serious as climate change. Public Service Review European Union issue 12, 2006, 99-100.
- European Commission. 2006. Communication from the Commission. Halting the Loss of Biodiversity by 2010 – and Beyond. Sustaining Ecosystem Services for Human Well-being. COM(2006)216 final. 15 pages.
- European Commission. 2006. EU Action Plan to 2010 and Beyond. Technical Annex to the Communication from the Commission, Halting the Loss of Biodiversity by 2010 – and Beyond. Sustaining Ecosystem Services for Human Well-being. SEC(2006)621. 14 pages.
- Duke, G. (ed.) 2005. Biodiversity and the EU – Sustaining Life, Sustaining Livelihoods: Conference Report. Stakeholder Conference held under the Irish Presidency of The European Union in partnership with the European Commission, 25th - 27th May 2004, Grand Hotel, Malahide, Ireland. 266 pages.