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Vincent Upton

Research Officer

Research Interests

My research focuses on the quantification of forest ecosystem services and market and non-market valuation methods. I am particularly interested in combining statistical modelling and spatial analysis to investigate interactions between forests and people. My current project involves quantifying and valuing ecosystem services from the current forest estate and examining how afforestation can be planned to maximise its value (ECOVALUE). I have previously worked on projects valuing the non-market benefits of forests in Ireland using a choice experiment (FORECON) and examining the drivers and financial outcomes of private afforestation (FIRMEC).

Current Projects

ECOVALUE – Valuing the Ecosystem Services of Forests in Ireland

Upton, V., O'Donoghue, C., & Ryan, M. 2014. The physical, economic and policy drivers of land conversion to forestry in Ireland. Journal of Environmental Management, 132: 79-86

Duesberg, S., Upton, V., O'Connor, D., & Ni Dhubháin, Á. 2013. Factors influencing Irish farmers' afforestation intention. Forest Policy and Economics, 39: 13-20

Upton, V., Ryan, M., Farrelly, N. & O’Donoghue, C. 2013. The potential economic returns of converting agricultural land to forestry: An analysis of system and soil effects from 1995 to 2009. Irish Forestry 70: 61-74

Upton, V., Ni Dhubháin, Á., & Bullock, C. 2012. Preferences and values for afforestation: The effects of location and respondent understanding on forest attributes in a labelled choice experiment. Forest Policy and Economics 23: 17-27

Upton, V., Ni Dhubháin, Á., & Bullock, C. 2012. The valuation of non-market forest benefits in Ireland: A review. Irish Forestry 68: 63-76