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Christopher Schulz BA MSc PhD

Christopher Schulz BA MSc PhD

Research Associate

Christopher Schulz investigates the legacy and impacts of the World Commission on Dams as a global science-policy interface.


Christopher Schulz is trained as a human geographer and environmental social scientist, and currently works as research associate in the Global Challenges Research Fund project "FutureDAMS", investigating the impact and legacies of the World Commission on Dams.

Before joining the Department of Geography, he was a research fellow at the University of St Andrews, researching social, economic, and cultural values of tropical peatlands in the Peruvian Amazon, in collaboration with the Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP), Iquitos, Peru.

He completed his PhD in Geography at The University of Edinburgh in 2017 with a thesis on environmental values and water governance in Brazil's Upper Paraguay River Basin, funded by the Scottish Government's Hydro Nation Scholars Programme.


  • August 2018-present: Research Associate, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • Jan-July 2018: Research Fellow, School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews
  • 2013-2017: PhD Researcher, School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh & Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh
  • 2011: Intern and Consultant, Development Policy Forum, GIZ, Berlin


  • PhD Geography, The University of Edinburgh
  • MSc Environment and Development (distinction), The University of Edinburgh
  • BA Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz


Christopher Schulz' research interests include:

Environmental policy and governance; science-policy interfaces; interdisciplinary approaches; environmental values and valuation; qualitative and quantitative research.

Current research project:

  • The World Commission on Dams twenty years on: revisiting the debate on large dams (as part of the FutureDAMS consortium, 2018-present)

Past research projects:

  • Valuing intact tropical peatlands: pilot study (University of St Andrews & Peruvian Amazon Research Institute (IIAP), Jan-July 2018)
  • The value base of water governance in the Upper Paraguay River Basin, Mato Grosso, Brazil (The University of Edinburgh & Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), 2013-2017)


Journal articles


  • Schulz, C., 2019. Governance-related values as dimensions of good water governance. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, v. 6, art. e1322. doi:10.1002/wat2.1322.
  • Schulz, C., Martín Brañas, M., Núñez Pérez, C., Del Aguila Villacorta, M., Laurie, N., Lawson, I.T. and Roucoux, K.H., 2019. Peatland and wetland ecosystems in Peruvian Amazonia: indigenous classifications and perspectives. Ecology and Society, v. 24, art. 12. doi:10.5751/es-10886-240212.
  • Schulz, C., Martín Brañas, M., Núñez Pérez, C., Del Aguila Villacorta, M., Laurie, N., Lawson, I.T. and Roucoux, K.H., 2019. Uses, cultural significance, and management of peatlands in the Peruvian Amazon: Implications for conservation. Biological Conservation, v. 235, p.189-198. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2019.04.005.


  • Schulz, C. and Martin-Ortega, J., 2018. Quantifying relational values — why not?. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, v. 35, p.15-21. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2018.10.015.
  • Schulz, C., Martin-Ortega, J. and Glenk, K., 2018. Value landscapes and their impact on public water policy preferences. Global Environmental Change, v. 53, p.209-224. doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.09.015.


  • Schulz, C. and Ioris, A.A.R., 2017. The paradox of water abundance in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Sustainability, v. 9, art. 1796. doi:10.3390/su9101796.
  • Schulz, C., Martin-Ortega, J., Glenk, K. and Ioris, A.A.R., 2017. The Value Base of Water Governance: A Multi-Disciplinary Perspective. Ecological Economics, v. 131, p.241-249. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.09.009.
  • Schulz, C., Martin-Ortega, J., Ioris, A.A.R. and Glenk, K., 2017. Applying a 'Value Landscapes Approach' to Conflicts in Water Governance: The Case of the Paraguay-Paraná Waterway. Ecological Economics, v. 138, p.47-55. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.03.033.


  • Schulz, C., Ioris, A.A.R., Martin-Ortega, J. and Glenk, K., 2015. Prospects for Payments for Ecosystem Services in the Brazilian Pantanal: A Scenario Analysis. The Journal of Environment & Development, v. 24, p.26-53. doi:10.1177/1070496514548580.

Book chapters

  • Claassen, M., Vira, B., Xu, J., Gyawali, D., Martin-Ortega, J., Ovando Pol, P., Creed, I.F., Ellison, D., McNulty, S.G., Archer, E., Sullivan, C.A., Trick, D., Schulz, C., Serran, J. and Aldred, D., 2018. Current and future perspectives on forest-water goods and services, in Creed, I.F. and van Noordwijk, M. (eds.) Forest and Water on a Changing Planet: Vulnerability, Adaptation and Governance Opportunities. A Global Assessment Report, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). v. 38, p.101-118.