Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

Guy Duke


Research Groups

Guy Duke

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