Staff Profiles: Chris Short

Chris Short

Staff Profile: Chris Short
Reader in Environmental Governance

Chris Short

Chris Short

Reader in Environmental Governance

Environmental Sciences

The decisions we take today on the management of land in Europe and across the globe will have far-reaching consequences for years to come, especially as we tackle climate change and environmental degradation.


Chris is a Reader in Environmental Governance with teaching and research interests the relationship between different land uses, communities and innovations that can result from local decision making. His research for the past 20 years has been for a range of government departments and the European Commission developing inclusive solutions to complex issues. he is considered an expert in the field of integrated catchment management, landscape scale management and ecosystems services.


Award Title Institution Date
MPhil Sociology The Open University 1996
HND Rural Resource Management Seale Hayne College 1987


Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers (2000)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2001)

Member of the International Society for the Study of the Commons (2006)

Teaching and research


Global futures (NS6301)

Applied ecology and conservation (NS7903)

Environmental pollution and remediation (NS7907)


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


As convenor for the Environmental Dynamics and Governance Research Area, I oversee a wide range of research that covers some of the greatest issues the world faces today, such as global warming, food security and biodiversity loss. My own research looks at innovative approaches to the way we respond to issues such as environmental decline.   


More publications from Chris Short can be found in the Research Repository.

Thesis Supervision

External responsibilities

Defra National Stakeholder Group on Common Land (Member)

Defra working group Basic Payments and Common Land (Chair)

Foundation for Common Land (NGO Charity) (Chair & Trustee)

Upper Thames Catchment Partnership (Chair)

Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership (Board member)

Subjects for media interviews

Common land and village greens

Natural flood management

Ecosystem services

Catchment management

Agri-environment schemes

Common agricultural policy

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Professional positions

Evaluator for applications to the Ostrom Award

External examining

External Examiner at Birmingham City University for Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Planning postgraduate courses