Most of my teaching work is with land management undergraduate and postgraduate students. In particular I specialise in valuation, rural taxation and rural estate management. This year I am supervising several dissertations in these areas, including two projects that are looking at the relationship between tenancy duration and soil management. This also reflects my research and development interests.
I am currently involved in several projects concerning with the implications of the Ecosystems Approach for rural land management. These include a peatland restoration and management project on Exmoor (for water management and carbon storage), the National Ecosystem Assessment Follow On Group and a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council at Dundee University focussed on the legal implications of 'paying for nature'.
I also work very closely with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers in the development of new areas of professional practice, and in the development and delivery of professional CPD (continuing professional development) for practitioners. Over the last year this has included the development of a series of web classes for RICS Training. Outputs in the last few years have included the RICS Guidance Note on the Valuation of Trees for amenity and related purposes, RICS Information Paper on the Valuation of Renewable Energy Installations, and the RICS International Thinkpiece, New challenges to international professional practice: from market value to natural value.
I blog and tweet on these and related professional matters.