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Oliver Taherzadeh

Oliver Taherzadeh

PhD Candidate

Oliver is interested in how environmental risks connect different actors within the global economy. His PhD explores this in relation to water, climate, and land management.

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a researcher in the Sustainable Consumption and Production Group at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Here, my research sought to advance policy coherence and accountability within the UN SDGs agenda and supply chain management. As an inaugural member of SEI's Policy Advisory Group, I helped establish a programme of research to investigate and develop SEI's approaches to policy impact. Between 2015 and 2016 I coordinated the development of a successful £3.4m research proposal to The Global Food Security Programme.



  • Associate Fellow, Centre for International Sustainable Development Law [2018-]
  • Researcher, Stockholm Environment Institute [2013-2016]


  • PhD, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge [2016-]
    "Navigating the Global Resource Nexus: Methods, Priorities, and Policies"
  • Environmental Economics: University of York, Starred First [2011-2014]
    Dissertation: O. Taherzadeh, P. Howley, 'No net loss of what, for whom? stakeholder perspectives to biodiversity offsetting in England', Environment, Development and Sustainability, (2017). doi: 10.1007/s10668-017-9967-z


  • CSAR PhD Student Award: Centre for the Application of Research, University of Cambridge [2018]
  • Philip Lake Fund Award: Department of Geography, University of Cambridge [2018]
  • Vice-Chancellor's Award: Cambridge Trust, University of Cambridge [2016-]
  • Travel Fund & St John's Fund: Darwin College [2017]


My research attempts to understand the environmental risks production-and-consumption systems face, and the impacts that they drive, in individual countries and globally. I use environmentally-extended Input-Output Analysis, Material Flow Analysis, and Network Theory to identify important actors and policy measures within this context.

Global Water Trade

[Example of global water trade analysis between 189 countries using the EORA MRIO database]


Relevant publications:

  • Taherzadeh, O., Bithell, M. and Richards, K. 2018. When defining the boundaries of nexus analysis, let the data speak. Resources, Conservation and Recycling (137): 314-315. doi: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2018.06.012
  • Caro, D., Taherzadeh., Thomsen, M. (Submitted). Water embodied in international trade of soybean
  • West, C., Taherzadeh, O., Fordington, A. and Croft, S. (2016). Accounting for UK biomass consumption impacts overseas: potential indicators for the UK and Devolved countries. Report for JNCC/SNH

Relevant blogs:

  • Taherzadeh. O. 2018. Rethinking the Nexus: Why a Systemic Approach is Necessary [Online]. Available on Nexus Platform


I supervise on a variety of papers within the Department of Land Economy:

  • Land Economy, Development and Sustainability [Paper 4]
  • Environmental Economics and Law [Paper 5]
  • Land, Food and Ecosystem Services [Paper 16]
  • Environmental Economics and Policy [EPO2]

External activities

  • Representative, Graduate Student Committee [2016-]
  • Member, Cambridge Society for the Application of Research [2017-]
  • Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society [2017-]
  • Coordinator: Experience Cambridge, Department of Geography [2017]
  • Coordinator: Sutton Trust Summer School, Department of Geography [2017]