Christopher Schulz


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    United Kingdom

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Profile Keywords

environment and development; environmental values; water governance; ecological economics; political ecology

Research overview

Christopher Schulz is an interdisciplinary researcher with interests in environment and development, environmental values, and water governance.

At St Andrews, his primary focus is on critical economic dimensions of sustainability, in particular:

  1. Economic instruments for environmental management and sustainability transitions
  2. Methodological options for valuing the environment
  3. Conceptual and practical alternatives to mainstream economic approaches.

He is also currently Lead Researcher for the Dutch Government’s Valuing Water Initiative.

Most of his research has been in Latin America, but he also has fieldwork experience in South Asia and Africa. Besides English, he is fluent in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and German.


Christopher Schulz joined the School of Geography and Sustainable Development at St Andrews as Lecturer in Sustainable Development (Critical Economic Dimensions of Sustainability). He was previously a Lecturer in the MSc programme in Ecological Economics at SRUC/Edinburgh University, a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, and a Research Fellow at St Andrews. He holds a PhD and MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in Politics and Public Administration from the University of Konstanz.

Teaching activity

Undergraduate - BSc/MA (Hons) Geography

  • GG3205 - Developing a Geography Research Proposal (supervisor)
  • GG4399 - Research Dissertation in Geography (supervisor)

Undergraduate - BSc/MA (Hons) Sustainable Development

  • SD1000 - What is Sustainable Development? (contributor)
  • SD1004 - Sustainable Development Goals: Challenges & Opportunities (tutor)
  • SD3101 - Developing a Sustainable Development Research Proposal (supervisor)
  • SD3102 - Sustainable Development Field Course (contributor)
  • SD4120 - Valuing Environments (module coordinator)
  • SD4297 - Dissertation in Sustainable Development (supervisor)

Postgraduate Taught (PGT) - MSc Sustainable Development

  • GD5802 - Sustainable Development: From Principles to Practice (module coordinator/contributor)
  • GD5998 - Policy Report (supervisor)
  • GD5999 - Dissertation (supervisor)

Postgraduate Research (PGR) - PhD, Geography/Sustainable Development

  • Mengqi Peng: "When home does not feel like home: Investigating ethnic minorities’ environmental distress and ontological anxiety induced by small hydropower developments on the Nu River, China" (principal supervisor)
  • Kirishanthan Punniyarajah: "Rights of Nature: The legal geographies and political ecologies of intermittent rivers in Sri Lanka" (principal supervisor)
  • John Mwangi Wangui: "Contested water in a dynamic highland-lowland system of Ewaso Ng’iro North River Basin, Kenya" (principal supervisor at St Andrews, co-tutelle with University of Bonn)

Administration and Service

  • Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies (Research), School of Geography and Sustainable Development
  • Member, School Ethics Committee
  • Adviser of Studies, Sub-Honours (Science)
  • Steering Committee, Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CAS)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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