Brendan Fisher

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Enhancing Quality of Life (QOL) has long been an explicit or implicit goal for individuals, communities, nations, and the world. But defining QOL and measuring progress toward meeting this goal have been elusive. Diverse " objective " and " subjective " indicators across a range of disciplines and scales, and recent work on subjective well-being (SWB)(More)
useful comments. We are also grateful to the Brazilian and British governments and the World Bank for financial support. Abstract Despite accounting for 17-25% of anthropogenic emissions, deforestation was not included in the Kyoto Protocol. The UN Convention on Climate Change has recently decided to include it in future agreements and asked its scientific(More)
While various energy-producing technologies have been analyzed to assess the amount of energy returned per unit of energy invested, this type of comprehensive and comparative approach has rarely been applied to other potentially limiting inputs such as water, land, and time. We assess the connection between water and energy production and conduct a(More)
Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) is a major global strategy for enhancing conservation outcomes while also seeking to improve rural livelihoods; however, little evidence of socioeconomic outcomes exists. We present a national-level analysis that empirically estimates socioeconomic impacts of CBNRM across Tanzania, while systematically(More)
Recent surveys suggest tens of thousands of elephants are being poached annually across Africa, putting the two species at risk across much of their range. Although the financial motivations for ivory poaching are clear, the economic benefits of elephant conservation are poorly understood. We use Bayesian statistical modelling of tourist visits to protected(More)
The importance of the links between well-functioning ecosystems and human well-being are clearly evident in our age of rapidly changing environmental and socioeconomic conditions. And yet, the role ecosystems play in supporting and sustaining human welfare has been only a marginal area of study to date in the field of economics (Dasgupta 2010). But this is(More)