Luke Brander has a background in environmental economics. He obtained his Masters degree in Environmental and Resource Economics at University College London (1997-98). From April 2000 to September 2010 he worked as a researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies (VU University Amsterdam). He obtained his doctoral degree from the VU University Amsterdam in 2011. His main research interests are in the design of economic instruments to control environmental problems and the valuation of natural resources and ecosystem services. He has worked on the valuation of wetlands, forests, grasslands, mangroves, coral reefs and urban open space through meta-analyses of the ecosystem valuation literature. He is currently working as a freelance environmental economist based in Hong Kong. On-going projects include an assessment of ecosystem based climate change adaptation options in Micronesia and Melanesia; the development of methods for mapping and assessing economic values for ecosystem services for the European Union; and a study of the economic value of forests in Adjara, Georgia. Luke is an experienced teacher of environmental economics and has given university courses at Masters level, tailored workshops to policy makers and practitioners, and supervises PhD research.