The Social Values for Sustainability Research Group actively engages citizens, industry, NGOs and government agencies in the design, implementation and monitoring of environmental initiatives. We employ best practice multi-level governance and citizen engagement techniques, including the latest tools for investigating social values for urban and regional landscapes.
It comprises of a team of PhD and post-doctoral researchers led by Professor Christopher Raymond.
Group Leader - Professor Christopher Raymond
Christopher is an Interdisciplinary Scientist who creates new policy and management options for engaging diverse actors in the design and implementation of nature-based solutions. He is globally recognised for my expertise related to the development and application of: conceptual approaches for assessing human-nature relationships; knowledge co-creation processes, and; analytical methods in the social valuation of land use and ecosystem services under global change.
Outputs have contributed to the standardised assessment of the co-benefits of nature-based solutions across the EU; the Australian Federal Government’s Strategic Environmental Assessment; the City of Helsinki’s Master Planning process and the engagement of Indigenous people in IPBES Assessments.
He is passionate about assessing the impact of environmental policies and programs on individual and group values, behavior and self-reported well-being. This passion is reflected in my mission of Connecting People, Place and Prosperity.
He currently hold the position of Professor of Sustainability Science (Sustainability Transformations and Ecosystem Services) at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, University of Helsinki and Guest Professor in Landscape Planning at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).
Career highlights to date include:
Coordinator and PI of the ENVISION BiodivERsA and VIVA-PLAN Formas projects (2019-2021)
Published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, five papers of which have been cited over 300 times.
Played a leadership role in research worth over EUR 2.5 million.
Winner of the South Australian Research Excellence Award in the Life and Environmental Sciences stream for outstanding scholastic achievements during my PhD program.
Winner of the South Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2009) for outstanding community development and business achievements through Enviroconnect.
Instrumental in the establishment of a 17-hectare wetland in the Adelaide Hills named Laratinga Wetlands (2000-2005), which included the manual planting of over 60,000 native terrestrial and aquatic plants in partnership with community groups. The wetland has since received several awards including the Best Specific Environmental Initiative category of the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Award (2011).
I am also committed to service in my areas of expertise. I am on the Editorial Board of Land Use Policy, Associate Editor of Environmental Policy and Governance and serve on Evaluation Committees for European Union research funding calls such as BiodivERsA and Horizon 2020 SC5 programme.