Dr Gill Ainsworth

Dr Gill Ainsworth

CEH - Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


My main research interests are the relationship between humans and nature, specifically non-monetary (social, shared and cultural) values of threatened species and ecosystem services, and the integration of science into policy-making decisions.

My MERP project will explore non-monetary values of marine ecosystem services to better understand how marine users’ activities and associated benefits may be affected by proposed management strategies.  

Selected Publications

Wolf, ID, Ainsworth, GB and Crowley, J. (2017). "Transformative travel as a sustainable market niche for protected areas: a new development, marketing and conservation model." Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 1-24. doi: 10.1080/09669582.2017.1302454

Kiley, HM, Ainsworth, GB, van Dongen, WFD, and Weston, MA. (2017). "Variation in public perceptions and attitudes towards terrestrial ecosystems." Science of the Total Environment, 590-91, 440-451. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.12.179

Ainsworth, G B. (2014). Valuing birds: understanding the relationship between social values and the conservation of Australian threatened avifauna, Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia.

Other project scientists who share the same area of expertise:

Dr Jasper Kenter

SAMS - Scottish Association for Marine Science

Kate Searle

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology