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Research interests

Professor Andrew Church's research interests cover tourism and leisure geographies, human-nature relations and cultural ecosystem services. Recent funded research projects have included studies of tourism and ecosystem services, the meanings and values of wetlands, water-based sport and recreation, domestic food growing, gardens and gardening.

He has extensive experience of linking his research to policy and impact. In the last 8 years he has been extensively involved in major national and international assessments of the statues of biodiversity and ecosystem services focussing on the cultural and leisure dimensions of human-nature interactions.

In 2011he was appointed as a coordinating lead author on the Defra expert panel for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) with responsibility for the chapter on ‘Cultural Ecosystem Services’. He was also a Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter ‘Shared Values for the Contributions Ecosystem Services make to Human WellBeing‘.

In 2013 Andrew was principal investigator for the research on cultural ecosystem services as part of the UK NEA follow-on research. Most recently from 2014 Andrew  has been a Coordinating Lead Author leading an international team for the chapter on trends and status in ecosystem services for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Regional Assessment for Europe and Central Asia. IPBES is designed to play a role for biodiversity and ecosystem similar to that undertaken for the climate by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Andrew provides advice and guidance for policy organisations and works with a wide range of stakeholders in all sectors through the innovative use of mixed qualitative and quantitative research methods in ecosystem assessment. He have undertaken research and provided advice for a range of government organisations with environmental policy responsibilities including Defra, Countryside Agency, Countryside Council for Wales, British Waterways, Forestry Commission, Ordnance Survey and local councils.

Scholarly biography

Professor Andrew Church is Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise). He is also Professor of Human Geography focusing on human-nature relations and especially the environmental and geographical aspects of leisure and tourism.

As an Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Andrew reports directly to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, Professor Tara Dean. He is responsible for ensuring that the actions arising out of the new University Research and Enterprise Strategic Plan are supported and implemented effectively to maximise the scale, quality, impact and international reach of the University’s research and enterprise. Andrew leads development of the new Brighton Futures and provides strategic advice on central research and enterprise initiatives including the Peer Review College, the Researcher Development Programme, sabbaticals and supporting funds. He works with Schools to support staff to produce excellent research and enterprise and is a central member of the REF2021 planning group.

Andrew, like many colleagues at Brighton, undertakes research that is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. He is currently working on projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The latest of these projects is called WetlandLIFE, funded by NERC; the research is undertaken in collaboration with the Universities of Greenwich, Bristol and Cranfield, the Forestry Commission and Public Health England. The project uses arts, humanities, social science and natural science approaches to explore the ecological, economic, social and cultural values associated with wetlands in England to better understand how to manage change into the future.

Andrew has extensive experience in using a range of qualitative research methods to understand how people interact with, experience and affect nature through their leisure and tourism activities. He has a strong track record of funded research for a range of government and international organisations with environmental policy responsibilities including Defra, Forestry Commission, Ordnance Survey and local councils. Research for the Environment Agency has resulted in significant strategic and local changes in government policy on access to water and water-related recreation. Andrew works on international collaborative research projects and currently he is a Coordinating Lead Author on the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). In this role, he co-leads an international team of researchers for the chapter on trends and status in ecosystem services for the IPBES Regional Assessment for Europe and Central Asia.

Andrew has been an adviser to the House of Commons Employment Committee and was a coordinating lead author on the Defra expert panel for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment with responsibility for the chapter on cultural ecosystem services in the world’s first national level ecosystem assessment.

He has been involved in range of community-university engagement activities and has been the Co-Academic Director of the University of Brighton’s award winning Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP).

Supervisory Interests

I have supervised over 20 students to completion of their PhD and am keen to supervise more students in the fields of tourism and leisure geographies, human-nature relations, cultural ecosystem services, the meanings and values of wetlands, water-based sport and recreation, domestic food growing, gardens and gardening.

External positions

Strategic Reviewer, Peer Review College , Arts and Humanities Research Council

2017 → …

Coordinating Lead Author, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Europe-Central Asia Regional Assessment, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

May 2014Dec 2018

Expert Panellist, UK National Ecosystem Assessment , DEFRA

1 May 20091 Sep 2015

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Projects 2018 2022

Research Output 2001 2019

Beyond transgression: mountain biking, young people and managing green spaces

King, K. & Church, A., 24 Jan 2019, In : Annals of Leisure Research. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Sports
manager
participation
qualitative method
autonomy

From the hydrosocial to the hydrocitizen: water, place and subjectivity within emergent urban wetlands

Gearey, M., Ravenscroft, N. & Church, A., 7 Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Wetlands
Public Space
Water
Subjectivity
Local Communities

Understanding the diversity of values of “Nature’s contributions to people”: insights from the IPBES Assessment of Europe and Central Asia

Chrisitie, M., Martin-Lopez, B., Church, A., Siwicka, E., Szymonczyk, P. & Sauterel, J. M., 17 Jul 2019, In : Sustainability Science. 14, 5, p. 1267-1282 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Central Asia
Values
biodiversity
evidence
science policy

Assessing nature's contributions to people

Diaz, S., Pascual, U., Stenseke, M., Martín-López, B., Watson, R. T., Molnár, Z., Hill, R., Chai, K. M. A., Baste, I. A., Brauman, K. A., Polasky, S., Church, A., Lonsdale, M., Larigauderie, A., Leadley, P. W., van Oudenhoven, A. P. E., van der Plaat, F., Schröter, M., Lavorel, S., Aumeeruddy-Thomas, Y. & 10 others, Bukvareva, E., Davies, K., Demissew, S., Erpul, G., Failler, P., Guerra, C. A., Hewid, C. L., Keune, H., Lindley, S. & Shirayama, Y., 19 Jan 2018, In : Science. 359, 6373, p. 270-272 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File

Blowing the lid off cultural exclusion: constraints to participation in intergenerational celebrations

Wiseman, T., Church, A. & Ravenscroft, N., 12 Jul 2018, p. 1-1. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearchpeer-review

exclusion
participation
cultural event
narrative
work environment