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Alberto Longo is a professor in Agri-food and Environmental Economics and is the Director of Education for Postgraduate Taught Studies in the School of Biological Sciences.

Alberto has a PhD and a BSc in Economics from the University Ca' Foscari of Venice, Italy.

Before joining Queen’s in 2005, he held research positions in environmental economics at the University of Bath (2004-2005), and Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (2000-2004).



Alberto is an applied economist with main interests in environment, energy, health, food, and human behaviour. He is particularly interested in cost-benefit analysis and non-market valuation. His work has appeared in Journal of Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, Land Economics, Environmental and Resource Economics, Energy Economics, Ecological Economics, Journal of Environmental Management. He is particularly interested in microeconometrics, households' choices, methodological issues in non-market valuation and nudges for behaviour change.

He is currently leading for Queen's University a BBSRC project, SeaGas, on using seaweed (kelp) for anaerobic digestion. He is also a partner in the Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI and a co-investigator in a NIHR project on incentives for physical activity. He is involved in the Horizon2020 ALICE project on innovation in wastewater treatment to deal with climate change pressures. Alberto is also co-leading two projects funded by the UK Energy Research Centre on marine energy governance and on the role of ageing and gender in households' energy decisions.

He holds a visiting position at the Basque Centre for Climate Change, BC3, Bilbao, Spain.

He has advised several organizations, including the World Bank, UNEP, the Minister of the Environment of the Basque Country, Northern Ireland Energy Networks.

His complete list of publications can be found on Scholar Google




Alberto is interested in exploring how behaviour change methods can be used to mitigate environmental and public health problems. His recent work has looked at food choices and physical activity, how green infrastructure can facilittate the increase in physical activity, and how information and other nudges can influence behaviour change. He has advised several organizations in the use of nudges for behaviour change, including the European Commission, the Basque Government, NIE Networks.

Alberto is also interested in methodological issues in applying stated and revealed preferences methods for valuing environmental goods and services.

Enquiries from prospective students, interested in his work, are always welcome.




Research STUDENTS    
PhD Title: Monetary incentives for Physical ActivityPhD Title: The effect of area based policies for wellbeingPhD Title: The effect of green infrastructure on people's wellbeingPhD Title: Carbon Capture and Storage: people's attitudes and willingness to pay 
Name: Eileen MitchellName: Ryan McGuireName: Marios ZachariouName: Tanisha Waring 
Years Study: 3Years Study: 3Years Study: 3Years Study: 1 
Country: Northern IrelandCountry: Northern IrelandCountry: CyprusCountry: Northern Ireland 



Alberto is the co-ordinator and Advisor of Studies for BSc Environmental Management (with professional Studies). He co-ordinates and teaches the module BIO1102 Environmental Management where he introduces students to major environmental problems, such as climate change, energy production, air pollution, waste management, protecting biodiversity, food production  - exploring environmental, social and economic perspectives when addressing these problems.





Director of Education for Postgraduate Taught courses, School of Biological Sciences

Degree co-ordinator for:

BSc (Land Use and) Environmental Management (with Professional Studies)

BSc Energy, Environment & Sustainability (taught at South West College, Omagh)

FdSc Energy, Environment & Sustainability (taught at South West College, Omagh)

Adviser of Studies for students in the BSc (Land Use and) Environmental Management (with Professional Studies)




Research Interests

Applied econometrics, behavioural economics, health economics, environmental economics

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Research Output

Trading off visual disamenity for renewable energy: Willingness to pay for seaweed farming for energy production

Demel, S., Longo, A. & Mariel, P., 20 Mar 2020, In : Ecological Economics.

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  • A loyalty scheme to encourage physical activity in office workers: a cluster RCT

    Hunter, R., Gough, A., Murray, J., Tang, J., Brennan, S., Chrzanowski-Smith, O., Carlin, A., Patterson, C., Longo, A., Hutchinson, W. G., Prior, L., Tully, M., French, D., Adams, J., McIntosh, E., Xin, Y. & Kee, F., Aug 2019, In : Public Health Research. 7, 15, 114 p.

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    Economic valuation of ecosystem goods and services: a review for decision makers

    Tinch, R., Beaumont, N., Sunderland, T., Ozdemiroglu, E., Barton, D., Bowe, C., Börger, T., Burgess, P., Cooper, C., Faccioli, M., Failler, P., Gkolemi, I., Kumar, R., Longo, A., McVittie, A., Morris, J., Park, J., Ravenscroft, N., Schaafsma, M., Vause, J. & 1 others, Ziv, G., 11 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy.

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  • Post-conflict area-based regeneration policy in deprived urban neighbourhoods

    Mohan, G., Longo, A. & Kee, F., 14 Aug 2019, In : Regional Studies.

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    Promoting positive changes in physical activity through behavior economics

    Author: Mitchell, E., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Longo, A. (Supervisor) & Hutchinson, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy