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Oliver Taherzadeh

Oliver Taherzadeh

PhD Candidate

Oliver is interested in how environmental risks connect different actors within global supply chains. His PhD explores this in relation to water, energy, and land insecurity.

​Prior to my PhD I worked as a researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) on accountability within global supply chains and the UN Sustainable Development Goals agenda. I was an inaugural member of SEI's Policy Advisory Group, established to investigate and develop its policy impact. Between 2015-16 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, (2018). doi: 10.1007/s10668-017-9967-z


  • Cambridge Philosophical Society Travel Grant, University of Cambridge [2019]
  • The Isaac Newton Trust-Energy Policy Research Group research grant, University of Cambridge [2019]
  • 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, University of Cambridge [2017]


Demand for goods and services links economic actors in complex, international supply networks. By using macroeconomic data to model supply networks, my research enables traceability of environmental impacts associated with consumption, production and trade decisions. The insights emerging from my PhD help to identify which actors and activities are critical to the sustainable use of water, energy, and land resources, in individual countries and globally.

To learn more about my research, visit my personal research page:

Global Water Trade

Water use embodied in global economic flows [Taherzadeh & Bithell, 2019]


Relevant publications

  • Taherzadeh, O. (In submission). National resource risks in a globalised world. Accepted to EAERE 2019.
  • 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 [IF: 5.1]
  • Taherzadeh, O. and Caro, D. (2019). Drivers of water and land use embodied in international soybean trade. Journal of Cleaner Production. doi: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.03.068 [IF: 5.6]
  • 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
  • [Data] Taherzadeh, O. Provisions for the SDGs in international trade agreements between 2008-2018. Harvard Dataverse: | Database | Provisions

Relevant blogs

  • Taherzadeh, O. and Probst, O. (2019). Five reasons 'green growth' won't save the planet. Available in English / German / Spanish.
  • Taherzadeh, O. and Probst, B. (2018). Eating less meat is a climate priority. Available in English / French
  • Taherzadeh, O. (2018). Rethinking the Nexus: Why a Systemic Approach is Necessary. Available on Nexus Platform
  • Taherzadeh, O. and West, C. (2016). Harmonising India's water accounting with the SDGs. Measure What Matters. Available on Measure What Matters

Relevant presentations

  • Tracing pathways of water, energy and land use in a globalised world [March 27th 2019]. Sustainable Places Research Institute, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
  • Environmental Responsibility with both eyes open [October 15th 2018]. Cambridge Society For The Application Of Research public lecture. The Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Navigating the Global Resource Nexus: Methods, Priorities, and Policies [April 10th 2018]. European Geophysical Union. Austria Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • No Net Loss of What, for Whom: Reconnecting Compensation with Value [December 9th 2016]. IEMA/CIEEM/CIRIA Biodiversity Net Gain – Introduction to Principles and challenges for developing guidance Workshop. Ort House Conference Centre, London, United Kingdom
  • Understanding science-policy boundaries: framing, informing and shaping decision-making [May 17th 2016]. SEI Science Conference. Etnografiska museet, Stockholm, Sweden.


I supervise on a variety of papers:

  • Land Economy, Development and Sustainability: Land Economy Tripos [Paper 4]
  • Environmental Economics and Law: Land Economy Tripos [Paper 5]
  • Land, Food and Ecosystem Services: Land Economy Tripos [Paper 16]
  • Environmental Economics and Policy: MPhil Environmental Policy [EPO2]
  • Environment & Sustainability: Management Studies Tripos [MSE08]

External activities

  • Member, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists [2019-]
  • Member, Cambridge Society for the Application of Research [2017-]
  • Fellow, Cambridge Philosophical Society [2017-]
  • Representative, Graduate Student Committee [2016-2019]
  • Coordinator: Experience Cambridge, Department of Geography [2017]
  • Coordinator: Sutton Trust Summer School, Department of Geography [2017]