Debating Nature's Value Network events

Picture of Debating Nature's Value advisory group meeting, with project leads Rupert Read and Aled Jones

This research project on the value of nature, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, (AHRC), is now in its second stage, with a year-long partnership with ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales).

Our collaboration with the accountants involves a process of commissioning papers, giving different perspectives on the "natural capital" concept, and discussing then via a series of seminars. As accountants are tasked with producing the valuation figures, and contributing to policy in companies and at national level, we hope that through this exploration of different positions will help to widen their understanding of these undertakings.

DNV Seminars at ICAEW

  • Thursday 27 June, 12.30-2.30pm, with Prof Richard Murphy and Prof Victor Anderson
  • Thursday 18 September, 2-4pm, with Andy Purvis, IPBES
  • October 2019 (details tbc) with John O'Neill and Aled Jones
  • October 2019 (details tbc) with Alice Valdrot and Richard Spencer
  • Thursday 14 November 2019, with Deepak Rughani 

All events are hosted by ICAEW at their UK offices, Chartered Accountants Hall, Moorgate Place, London EC2R 6EA

To find out more, or to apply to attend an event, please email [email protected]

The first stage featured one event held at University of east Anglia (UEA) in Norwich, one event held at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in Cambridge, and the exhibition was at ARU's Ruskin Gallery, and was open to the public, details below.

Network Conference, April 2018, Cambridge

Our DNV conference was held on Wednesday 11 April 2018, at Anglia Ruskin University's Cambridge campus. This event was an opportunity for network members to mark the end of the project, and for us to ensure the debate continued to capture different perspectives on policy regarding the conservation of our natural environment. It was well attended with practitioners, policy-makers, campaigners, the business and third sector communities, to artists and academics from all disciplines.

Download the full agenda.

Art Exhibition, April 2018, Cambridge

The project commissioned artwork from local artist, Rosanna Greaves, displayed as part of the Liquid Land exhibition at the Cambridge School of Art's Ruskin Gallery from Thursday 5 April to Saturday 21 April 2018.

This exhibition coincided with the annual Sustainability Art Prize exhibition

Network Workshop, March 2017, Norwich

Our Debating Nature's Value (DNV) network held its first event at UEA in Norwich on 17 March 2017. Members of the network came together for a series of discussions exploring the philosophical, business, conservation campaigning and local Fen viewpoints. Speakers from Friends of the Earth, Anglian Water Services and Natural England, as well as many academics from different subject areas, gave their expert opinions before opening up questions and comments from the floor.

Short papers by key contributors were circulated to attendees in advance. Those short papers can be read below. An E-book, to include some responses to the initial papers, will be available to download soon.