Prof. dr. Jon C. Lovett

Prof.dr. Jon Lovett
Telephone: + 31 53 489 4377

Prof. dr. Jon C. Lovett (1958) is professor of Sustainable Development in a North South Perspective at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Jon Lovett is Director of the IGS strategic research orientation ‘SUS+’ on Sustainable Water, Energy and Spatial Governance. He joined the University of Twente in 2007, initially part-time with the University of York and then full-time from September 2009. Lovett was on the Programme Advisory Committee for the Natural Resources Systems Programme of the UK Department for International Development (1999-2006) and Senior Advisor to the Lower Kihansi Hydropower Environmental Monitoring and Catchment Management Projects, Tanzania (1996-2002). From 1996 to 1997 he was on the joint Economic and Social Science Research Council and Natural Environment Research Council committee on environmental economics and was responsible for preparing the policy report reviewing provision of advanced courses in environmental economics, environmental evaluation and risk assessment. From 2008-2009 he was the Environmental Economics specialist on the Chief Scientist’s team of the UK government agency Natural England. His primary research interest is the institutional economics of natural resource management, particularly in developing countries but also in Europe. He has lead and participated in numerous externally funded projects with support from the EU, research councils, government development agencies, non-governmental organisations and industry.


  • Natural resource management
  • Institutional economics
  • Environmental policy

Research Interests 

  • Institutional economics of natural resource management in developing countries

Selected publications (2007-2010) 

  • Lovett, J.C. Hards, S., Clancy, J., Snell, C. Multiple Objectives in Biofuels Sustainability Policy. (2010). Energy and Environmental Science. DOI:10.1039/C0EE00041H.
  • Luque, R., Datta, B., Lovett, J.C., Clancy, J. Campelo, J.M., Romero, A.A. (2010). Biodiesel as feasible petrol fuel-replacement: A multidisciplinary overview. Energy and Environmental Science. DOI: 10.1039/C0EE00085J.
  • Ahrends, A., Rahbek, C., Bulling, M.T., Burgess, N.D., Platts, P.J., Lovett, J.C., Kindemba, V.W., Owen, N., Sallu, A.N., Marshall, A.R., Mhoro, B.E., Fanning, E.,Marchant, R. (2010). Conservation and the botanist effect. Biological Conservation. DOI:10.1016/j.biocon.2010.08.008.
  • Lovett, J.C. & Ockwell, D.G. (2010). A handbook of environmental management. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Poudyal, M. and Lovett, J.C. (2010). Biodiesel as the potential alternative vehicle fuel: European policy and global environmental concern, in Lovett, J.C. and Ockwell, D.G. (ed.) Handbook of Environmental Management, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, pp. 408-430.
  • Phillips, O.L., van der Heijden, G., Lewis, S.L., López-González, G., Aragão, L.E.O.C., Lloyd, J.J., Malhi, Y., Monteagudo, A., Almeida, A., Dávila, E.A., Amaral, I., Andelman, S., Andrade, A., Arroyo, L., Aymard, G., Baker, T.R., Blanc, L., Bonal, D., de Oliveira, A.C.A., Kuo-Jung Chao, J.K., Cardozo, N.D., da Costa, L., Feldpausch, T.R., Fisher, J.B., Fyllas, N.M., Freitas, M.A., Galbraith, D., Gloor, E., Higuchi, N., Honorio, E., Jiménez, E., Keeling, H., Killeen, T.J., Lovett, J.C., Meir, P., Mendoza B.C., Morel, A., Núñez Vargas, P., Patiño, S., Peh, K.S.-H.,, Peña Cruz, A., Prieto, A., Quesada, C.A., Ramírez, F., Ramírez, H., Rudas, A., Salamão, R., Schwarz, M., Silva, J., Silveira, M., Ferry Slik, J.W., Sonké, B., Sota Thomas, A., Stropp, J., Taplin, J.R.D., Vásquez, R., Vilanova, E. Drought-mortality relationships for tropical forests. (2010). New Phytologist, 187(3), 631–646.
  • Platts, P.J., Ahrends, A., Gereau, R.E., McClean, C.J., Lovett, J.C., Marshall, A.R., Pellikka, P.K.E., Mulligan, M., Fanning, E., Marchant, R. (2010). Can distribution models help refine inventory-based estimates of conservation priority? A case study in the Eastern Arc forests of Tanzania and Kenya. Diversity and Distributions. 16, 628-642.
  • Lovett, J.C. and Hemp, A. (2010). Is climate change making plants go up mountains? Frontiers of Biogeography, 2.1, 5-7.
  • Burgess, N.D., Bahane, B., Clairs, T., Danielsen, F., Dalsgaard, S., Funder, M., Hagelberg, N., Harrison, P., Haule, C., Kabalimu, K., Kilahama, F., Edward Kilawe, E., Lewis, S.L., Lovett, J.C., Lyatuu, G., Marshall, A.R., Meshack, C., Miles, L., Munishi, P.K.T., Nashanda, E., Shirima, D., Swetnam, R.D., Willcock, S., Williams, A., Zahabu, E. (2010). Getting ready for REDD+ in Tanzania: Progress and Challenges. Oyrx, 44(3), 339–351.
  • Marshall, A.R., Jørgensbye, H.I.O., Rovero, F., Platts, P.J., White, P.C.L., Lovett, J.C. (2010). The Species-Area Relationship and Confounding Variables in a Threatened Monkey Community. American Journal of Primatology, 72, 325-336.
  • Takshe, A.A., Huby, M., Frantzi, S., Lovett, J.C. (2010). Dealing with pollution from conflict: analysis of discourses around the 2006 Lebanon Oil Spill. Journal of Environmental Management, 91, 887-896.
  • Balderas Torres, A., Marchant, R., Lovett, J.C., Smart, J.C.R. and Tipper, R. (2010). Analysis of the carbon sequestration costs of afforestation and reforestation agroforestry practices and the use of cost curves to evaluate their potential for implementation of climate change mitigation. Ecological Economics, 69, 2010, 469-477.
  • Noel, S., Hoang, T.P., Soussan, J. and Lovett, J.C. (2010). The impact of domestic water on household enterprises: evidence from Vietnam. Water Policy, 12, 237-247.
  • Hall, J., Burgess, N., Lovett, J.C., Mbilinyi, B. and Gereau, R.E. (2009). Conservation implications of deforestation across an elevational gradient in the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania. Biological Conservation, 142, 2510-2521.
  • Lovett, J.C., Hofman, P.S., Morsink, K., Balderas Torres, A., Clancy, J.S., Krabbendam, K. (2009). Review of the 2008 UNFCCC Meeting in Poznan. Energy Policy, 37, 3701-3705.
  • Lewis, S.L., Lopez-Gonzalez, G., Sonké, B., Affum-Baffoe, K., Baker, T.R., Ojo, L.O., Phillips, O.L. Reitsma, J., White, L., Comiskey, J.A., Ewango, C., Feldpausch, T.R., Hamilton, A.C., Gloor, E., Hart, T., Hladik, A., Kamdem, M.N.D, Lloyd, J., Lovett, J.C., Makana, J.R., Malhi, Y., Mbago, F.M., Ndangalasi, H.J., Peacock, J., Peh, K.S.H., Sheil, D., Sunderland, T., Swaine, M.D., Taplin, J., Taylor, D., Thomas, S.C., Votere, R. and Wöll, H. (2009). Increasing Carbon Storage in Intact African Tropical Forests. Nature, 457, 1003-1006.
  • Frantzi, S., Carter, N.T. and Lovett, J.C. (2009). Exploring discourses on international environmental regime effectiveness with Q methodology: a case study of the Mediterranean Action Plan. Journal of Environmental Management, 90, 177-186.
  • Lovett, J.C. (2009). Elephants and the conservation dilemma. African Journal of Ecology, 47, 129-130.
  • Skutsch, M., McCall, M.K. and Lovett, J.C. (2009). Carbon emissions: dry forests may be easier to manage. Nature, 462, 567.
  • Frantzi, S. and Lovett, J.C. (2008). Is science the driving force in the operation of environmental regimes? A case study of the Mediterranean Action Plan. Ocean and Coastal Management, 51, 229-245.
  • Marshall, A.R., Lovett, J.C. and White, P.C.L. (2008). Selection of Line-Transect Methods for Estimating the Density of Social Animals: Lessons from the Primates. American Journal of Primatology, 70, 452-462.
  • Lovett, J.C. and Noel, S. (2008). Valuing ecosystem goods and services. African Journal of Ecology, 46, 117-118.
  • Lovett, J.C. (2008). Urbanisation and overpopulation. African Journal of Ecology, 46, 461-462.
  • Lovett, J.C., Skutsch, M. Having our climate cake and eating it: reduced emissions from deforestation. (2008). Environmental Chemistry Group Bulletin, Royal Society of Chemistry, July, 10-12.
  • Platts, P., McClean, C.J., Lovett, J.C. and Marchant, R.. (2008). Predicting tree distributions in an East African biodiversity hotspot: model selection, data bias and envelope uncertainty. Ecological Modelling, 218, 121-134.
  • Burgess, N.D., Butynski, T.M., Cordeiro, N.J., Doggart, N.H., Fjeldså, J., Howell, K.M., Kilahama, F.B., Loader, S.P., Lovett, J.C., Mbilinyi, B., Menegon, M., Moyer, D.C., Nashanda, E., Perkin, A, Rovero, F., Stanley, W.T. and Stuart, S.N. (2007). The biological importance of the eastern arc mountains of Tanzania and Kenya. Biological Conservation, 134, 209-231.
  • Adhikari, B., Williams, F. and Lovett, J.C. (2007). Local benefits from community forests in the middle hills of Nepal. Forest Policy and Economics, 9, 464-478.
  • Quinn, C.H., Huby, M., Kiwasila, H. and Lovett, J.C. (2007). Design principles and common pool resource management: an institutional approach to evaluating community management in semi-arid Tanzania. Journal of Environmental Management, 84, 100-113.
  • Lovett, J.C. (2007). Biofuels and ecology. African Journal of Ecology, 45, 117-119.
  • Lovett, J.C. (2007). Climate change and Africa: an ecological perspective. Journal of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, 4(2), 30-33.