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Chris Short

Associate Professor in Environmental Governance

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I am fascinated by changes in our understanding in and the management of land at various scales as we respond to the challenges of climate change and environmental decline. Chevron icon


I am 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. My research for the past 20 years has been for a number of government departments and the European Commission developing inclusive solutions to complex issues. I am recognised as an expert in integrated catchment management, landscape scale management and ecosystems services.


  • 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 & Research


Global futures (NS6301)

Applied ecology and conservation (NS7903)

Environmental pollution and remediation (NS7907)


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.

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)

Subject for media interview

Common land and village greens

Natural flood management

Ecosystem services

Catchment management

Agri-environment schemes

Common agricultural policy

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