Ellen McHarg

PhD Researcher

Ellen McHarg is a Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar at the University of East Anglia as part of the Critical Decade for Climate Change programme. Her research will combine environmental and behavioural economic experiments to better understand and ‘nudge’ seafood consumption choices in the UK. In doing so, this work will support the transition to a sustainable seafood sector and contribute to tackling global challenges surrounding climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as nutrition and food security.

Ellen holds a Master’s (MSc Environmental Economics and Climate Change) and Undergraduate degree (BSc Geography with Economics) from the London School of Economics (LSE). During her studies, she undertook research focusing on pro-environmental behaviour and how individuals might be influenced to make more sustainable dietary choices. Her undergraduate and master’s dissertations considered plant-based dietary transitions and the impact of introducing reduced methane beef products on consumer behaviour.

Since graduating in 2020, Ellen has worked on policy relevant environmental economic research at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas). At Cefas, she applied environmental valuation techniques (including stated and revealed preference methods) to understand how people use and value changing coastal and marine environments, to support their sustainable use and management.