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Oliver Taherzadeh

Oliver Taherzadeh

PhD Candidate

Oliver is interested in how interactions between natural resource policies can be understood and managed. His PhD explores this in relation to problem shifting between water, energy, land, and climate management.

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). Here, my research sought to advance policy coherence and accountability within the UN SDGs agenda, national sustainable consumption policies, and bilateral climate finance. 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.



  • 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


  • Vice-Chancellor's Award: Cambridge Trust, University of Cambridge [2016-]
  • Travel Fund & St John's Fund: Darwin College [2017]
  • Most Outstanding Employee: Stockholm Environment Institute [2015-2016]
  • Best Undergraduate Performance: University of York [2012-13]


My research responds to the need for improved decision support to promote integrated environmental management within a globalised world. By modelling how resource stocks, flows, and decisions connect different actors within the global economy, my PhD helps to deepen understanding of feedbacks between resource systems, pressures and policies. I use a combination of research methods, including environmentally-extended input-output analysis, biophysical resource stock analysis, and scenario development.


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

  • Land Economy, Development and Sustainability [Paper 4], Department of Land Economy
  • Environmental Economics and Law [Paper 5], Department of Land Economy
  • Environmental Economics and Policy [EPO2], Department of Land Economy​

I also assist with different outreach programmes over the Summer period:

  • Coordinator: Experience Cambridge, Department of Geography [2017]
  • Coordinator: Sutton Trust Summer School, Department of Geography [2017]

External activities

  • Representative, Graduate Student Committee [2016-]
  • Member, Cambridge Society for the Application of Research [2017-]
  • Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society [2017-]