Professor Dominic Moran

Scotland's Rural College

Research Interests

I am an applied economist specialising in the areas of environmental and resource economics and policy analysis in developed and developing countries.

My research focuses on applying economics to environmental management and the development of interdisciplinary approaches to resource allocation problems. I have particular interest in measurement of public preferences for environmental change and their use in policy making. Related interests include: environmental valuation methods for cost-benefit analysis for public policy (regulation); applications to water, energy, forestry and biological diversity, transportation, environmental/industrial competition and regulation, economic instruments for pollution control, health economics, climate change, the environment and the macroeconomy.

The majority of my work at SRUC has addressed the issue of public goods provision from agriculture and rural land use. This encompasses the demand and supply of environmental amenity, environmental quality and diversity, animal health and welfare.  Recent projects have also encompassed rural cohesion (service provision) and research prioritisation.

1989 BA Economics with Modern Languages. Stirling University
1990 MA (Econ). Agricultural Economics. Manchester University
1997 PhD Economics (Environment and Resource Economics), University College London

PhD Students

  • Peter Alexander - Economics of the perennial energy crop market
  • Irina Arakelyan - Climate change mitigation and rural livelihoods in Malawi
  • Ruth Dittrich - Climate change adaptation and mitigation in the livestock sector
  • Nazli Koseoglu - Re-evaluation of water resources in Scotland
  • Frank Koslowski - Marginal Abatement Cost for the European dairy and Chinese agricultural sector
  • Rafael Silva - Modelling sustainable intensification in Brazilian agriculture: integrating crop livestock systems with emissions mitigation

Selected Publications

  • Moran, D.,  A. Lucas and A. Barnes (2013) Mitigation win-win, Nature Climate Change, July 2013 Volume 3 Number 7 pp 611-613, doi:10.1038/nclimate1922
  • Eory, V. K. Topp, D. Moran (2012)  Multiple-pollutant cost-effectiveness of greenhouse gas mitigation measures in the UK agriculture,   Environmental Science and Policy 27, 55-67
  • Peter Alexander, Dominic Moran (2012) Impact of perennial energy crops income variability on the crop selection of risk averse farmers, Energy Policy, Available online 25 October 2012, ISSN 0301-4215, 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.10.019
  • Laycock, H. F., Moran, D., Raffaelli, D. G., and White, P. C. L. (2012) Biological and operational determinants of the effectiveness and efficiency of biodiversity conservation programs. Wildlife Research,
  • Vinten, A.J.A., Martin-Ortega, J., Glenk, K., Booth, P., Balana, B.B., MacLeod, M., Lago, M., Moran, D., Jones, M. (2012). Application of the WFD cost proportionality principle to diffuse pollution mitigation: a case study for Scottish Lochs. Journal of Environmental Management 97, 28-37
  • Glenk, K., Lago, M. & D. Moran (2011): Public preferences for water quality improvements: implications for the implementation of the EC Water Framework Directive in Scotland. Water Policy 13(5), 645-662
  • Moran, D., Macleod, M., Wall, E., Eory V., McVittie, A., Barnes, A., Rees, R., Topp, C.F.E., Moxey, A. (2010).  Marginal abatement cost curves for UK agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.  Journal of Agricultural Economics  62: 93-118
  • Moran, D., MacLeod, M., Wall, E., Eory, V., McVittie, A., Barnes, A., Rees, R.M., Topp, C.F.E., Pajot, G., Matthews, R., Smith, P., Moxey, A. (2010).  Developing carbon budgets for UK agriculture, land-use, land-use change and forestry out to 2022 . Climatic Change DOI 10.1007/s10584-010-9898-2
  • Sherrington, C, & D. Moran (2010) Modelling farmer uptake of perennial energy crops in the UK, Energy Policy Volume 38, Issue 7, July, Pages 3567-3578
  • Pratt , K. and D. Moran (2010) Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Global Biochar Mitigation Potential, Biomass & Bioenergy Volume 34, Issue 8, August 2010, Pages 1149-1158
  • MacLeod, M., Moran, D., Eory, V., Rees, R.M., Barnes A.P.,Topp, C.F.E., Ball, B., Hoad, S., Wall, E., McVittie, A., Pajot, G., Matthews, R., Moxey, A., Williams, A., Smith, P. (2010).  Developing greenhouse gas marginal abatement cost curves for agricultural emissions from crops and soils in the UK.  Agricultural Systems Vol. 103, Issue 4, May 2010 Pgs 198-209
  • Wimolpat Bumbudsanpharoke, D. Moran, C. Hall (2010) Exploring Perspectives on Environmental Best Management Practices in Thai Agriculture: An Application of Q-Methodology, Environmental Conservation 36(3) pp 225-234
  • Butterworth, Michael; Semenov, Mikhail; Barnes, Andrew Moran, Dominic West, Jon  Fitt,  Bruce (2009) North-south divide; contrasting impacts of climate change on crop yields in Scotland and England Journal of the Royal Society Interface vol 7 7-42 123-130
  • McVittie, A. and D. Moran (2009)   Valuing the non-use benefits of marine conservation zones: an application to the UK Marine Bill Ecological Economics 70 (2) Pages 413-424
  • Sherrington, C., Bartley, J. and Moran, D., (2008). Farm-level constraints on the domestic supply of perennial energy crops in the UK. Energy Policy 36, 2504-2512
  • Moran, D and S. Dann (2007) The Economic value of water use: implications for implementing the Water Framework Directive in Scotland, Journal of Environmental Management 87: 3  pp 484-496
  • Dominic Moran, Michael MacLeod, Alistair McVittie, Manuel Lago and David Oglethorpe,(2007)  Dynamics of Water Use in Scotland. Water and Environment Journal 21, 241-251
  • Mouratiadou, I.  and D Moran (2007) Mapping Public Participation in the Water Framework Directive: a case study of the Pinios River Basin, Greece Ecological Economics 62:66-76
  • Moran D. and C. Sherrington (2007)  An economic assessment, including externalities, of wind farm power generation in Scotland, Energy Policy 35:2811-2825
  • Moran, D.,  Alistair McVittie, David Allcroft, and David Elston (2007) Quantifying Public preferences for agri-environmental policy in Scotland: A comparison of methods, Ecological Economics 63:42-53