Dr Smith is an ecologist and lecturer in environmental modelling at the University of Cumbria, and programme leader for the MSc Ecosystem Services Evaluation. In 2015 he completed a PhD with focus on the evaluation and integration of socio-cultural, ecological and economic values. Coming into an academic position after 30 years’ experience in farming, he is continuing to develop a long held interest in relationships between society and nature and how these relationships inform thoughts of natural resource value.
His PhD investigated the evaluation of wood-fuel producing landscapes in Austria and Greece across a range of ownership models; large-scale public and private enterprise as well as community owned and small scale transhumance silvo-pastoral systems. Using novel fuzzy logic based techniques to articulate value, the tensions between sustainability and society’s continued use of natural resource were illustrated and discussed. This PhD research has led to paper, book chapter and report publications that examine the multi-facetted nature of society’s expression of value for natural resource, the relationships between renewable energy, seascapes and society, snow leopards and climate change and public perceptions of a current UK reintroduction proposal.
Building a research profile he continues to develop interests in value for natural resources related issues, especially on natural capital evaluation/environmental management applications and methodologies for values based decision making in socio-ecological systems. His main areas of interest are specifically socio-ecological landscapes, multi-criteria evaluation and decision-making in regard to issues such as biodiversity loss, inter- and intra-generational equity and sustainable development.
Qualifications and memberships
BSc (Hons) in Animal Conservation Science with the University of Central Lancashire
PhD, Conservation Biology, Lancaster University
Academic and research interests
Valuing natural resource; Socio-ecological systems; Lepidoptera; Landscape restoration/species reintroduction/rewilding
Current Research Students:
Neil Windett - Differences in stakeholder aesthetic valuation of the Lake District National Park
Kendal Mountain Festival: Building a values-based measure of sustainability
Supervisor team member
Jane Roberts - Conifers: Their ornamental use in gardens and parkland (1837 - 1914)
Sally Hawkins - Keystone species reintroduction in restoration ecology: Measuring success
David Harpley - Restoring Raised Bog with the cell bunding technique
Morna Lawson - A Life Cycle Assessment of wave energy devices
Smith, D.J., Convery, I., Ramsey, A., & Kouloumpis, V. (2016). Conserving natural heritage; shifting positions of culture and nature. In Convery, I. and Davies, P., eds., Shifting Interpretations of Natural Heritage, Boydell & Brewer Ltd, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Smith, D., Convery, I., Ramsey, A., & Kouloumpis, V. (2016). An Expression of Multiple Values: The Relationship Between Community, Landscape and Natural Resource. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History. 3(1); 6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16993/rl.31
Smith, D.J., Convery, I., Bold, V. & Sinclair, B. (2016). The Solway Estuary as an Energy Coast: Renewable Energy & Changing Place. University of Glasgow, Crichton Institute, Dumfries.
Smith, D.J., O’Donoghue, P., Convery, I., Eagle, A., Piper, S. & White, C. (2016). Lynx UK Trust A National Stakeholder Consultation: An interim consultation document
Convery, I., Baibagysov, A., Baiturbayev, K., Deecke, V.B., Harpley, D., Holt, C., Janyspayev, A.D, Nevin, O.T., Nurtazin, S, Smith, D.J. van der Velden, N.K. (2015) Fuzzy Logic Modelling of Snow Leopard Populations in Response to Threats from Climate Change. Centre for Wildlife Conservation, University of Cumbria, Ambleside, UK.
Smith, D.J., O’Donoghue, P., Convery, I., Eagle, A., Piper, S., White, C. & van Maanen, E. (2015). Application to Natural England for the Trial Reintroduction of Lynx to England. Lynx UK Trust/Clifford Chance/University of Cumbria.
Smith, D.J., O’Donoghue, P., Convery, I., Eagle, A., & Piper, S. (2015). Reintroduction of the Eurasian lynx to the United Kingdom: Results of a public survey.
Smith, D.J., O’Donoghue, P., Convery, I., Eagle, A., Piper, S., White, C. & van Maanen, E. (2015). Application for the trial reintroduction of lynx to Scotland. Lynx UK Trust/Clifford Chance/University of Cumbria.
White, C., Convery, I., Eagle, A., O’Donoghue, P., Piper, S., Rowcroft, P., Smith, D., & van Maanen, E. (2015). ‘Cost-benefit analysis for the reintroduction of lynx to the UK: Main report’, Application for the reintroduction of Lynx to the UK government, AECOM.
White, C., Convery, I., Eagle, A., O’Donoghue, P., Piper, S., Rowcroft, P., Smith, D., & van Maanen, E. (2015). ‘Cost-benefit analysis for the reintroduction of lynx to the UK: Site selection appendix’, Application for the reintroduction of Lynx to the UK government, AECOM.
Smith D.J., Kouloumpis, V., Ramsey, A. & Convery, I. (2014). Can’t see the wood for the trees: renewable energy landscapes, assessment beyond monetary valuations. Wellbeing and Equity Within Planetary Boundaries, International Society for Ecological Economics, University of Iceland, Reykavik
Recent external roles
The Lifescape Project - Board of Directors