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  • Stockholm Environment Institute at York
    University of York
    Grimston House
    Heslington
    YO10 5DD

Phone: (01904) 324559

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Dr. Christopher David West

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Christopher David West

Senior researcher

  • Stockholm Environment Institute at York

Email: chris.west@york.ac.uk

Phone: (01904) 324559

Biography

Chris West is a Senior Research Fellow at the York Centre of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and leads SEI York' Sustainable Consumption and Production group. He has a multidisciplinary background encompassing environmental science, ecology, mathematics and economics, is co-leader of SEI’s Rethinking Development Theme, sits on the Academic Panel of Theme 2 (Sustainable Supply Chains) of the N8 AgriFood Programme, and on the Steering Group of SEI’s Producer to Consumer Sustainability Initiative. At SEI, Chris has led and contributed to a number of projects developing an understanding of the links between international supply chain and environmental impact and risk, which includes the development of SEI’s hybrid multi-regional input output model (IOTA) and material flow platform (Trase). He engages actively (including via workshops and other face-to-face activities) with policy, business and third-sector practitioners in the development of this work, including on projects with Defra, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, and Scottish Natural Heritage to develop links between UK consumption and biodiversity impact. Recently, Chris led research linked to the Green Economy Coalition’s Measure What Matters project which specifically aimed to seek alignment between corporate- and national-scale indicator development and monitoring processes. Chris is Co-Investigator on the major York-based IKnowFood project, leading work on the quantitative and qualitative analysis of UK food supply chains and links to UK food security and resilience. Chris has written and contributed to a number of policy-focused reports and academic publications linked to supply chain impact assessment, consumption-based accounting, and footprinting techniques.

Employment

Research Associate

Post doctoral research assistant

Stockholm Environment Institute at York

University of York

United Kingdom

30 Sep 201130 Sep 2016

Research Fellow 211

Senior researcher

Stockholm Environment Institute at York

University of York

United Kingdom

1 Oct 201630 Sep 2019

Senior Research Fellow

Senior researcher

Stockholm Environment Institute at York

University of York

United Kingdom

1 Oct 2019 → present

Research output

Europe's cross-border trade, human security and financial connections: A climate risk perspective

West, C. D., Stokeld, E. C. M., Campiglio, E., Croft, S., Detges, A., Duranovic, A., von Jagow, A., Jarzabek, L., Knaepen, H., Magnuszewski, P., Monasterolo, I. & Reyer, C., 23 Nov 2021

Article in Climate Risk Management

Trading deforestation - Why the legality of forest-risk commodities is insufficient

Reis, T., de Faria, V. G., Russo Lopes, G., Sparovek, G., West, C. D., Rajão, R. G., Ferreira, M. N., Elvira, M. & Valle, R., 23 Nov 2021

Article in Environmental Research Letters

Technical documentation for an experimental statistic estimating the global environmental impacts of UK consumption

Croft, S., West, C. D., Harris, M., Green, J. M. H., Molotoks, A., Harris, V. & Way, L., 28 Oct 2021, JNCC.

A Commodity Supply Mix for More Regionalized Life Cycle Assessments

Lathuilliere, M., Patouillard, L., Margni, M., Ayre, B., Lofgren, P., Ribeiro, V., West, C. D., Gardner, T. A. & Suavet, C., 7 Sep 2021

Article in Environmental Science and Technology

A conceptual framework for cross-border impacts of climate change

Carter, T., Benzie, M., Campiglio, E., Carlsen, H., Fronzek, S., Hilden, M., Reyer, C. & West, C. D., 1 Jul 2021

Article in Global Environmental Change

Towards indicators of the global environmental impacts of UK consumption: Embedded Deforestation

Croft, S., West, C. D., Harris, M., Otley, A. L. & Way, L., 1 May 2021, JNCC.

A framework for analysing cross-border climate change impacts, responses and their propagation

Carter, T., Benzie, M., Campiglio, E., Carlsen, H., Fronzek, S., Hilden, M., Reyer, C. & West, C. D., 2021.

What can COVID-19 teach us about preparing for climate risks in Europe?

van den Hurk, B., Otto, I., Reyer, C., Aerts, J., Benzie, M., Campiglio, E., Carter, T., Fronzek, S., Guapp, F., Jarzabek, L., Klein, R., Knaepen, H., Lahn, G., Mechler, R., Monasterolo, I., Mysiak, J., Shephard, T., Sillmann, J., Stuparu, D. & West, C. D., Nov 2020, 17 p. CASCADES.

Climate change, crops and commodity traders: subnational trade analysis highlights differentiated risk exposure

Stokeld, E. C. M., Croft, S., Green, J. M. H. & West, C. D., 15 Sep 2020

Article in Climatic change

Understanding the Stickiness of Commodity Supply Chains Is Key to Improving Their Sustainability

Reis, T., Meyfroidt, P., zu Ermgassen, E., West, C. D., Gardner, T. A., Bager, S., Croft, S., Lathuilliere, M. & Godar, J., 24 Jul 2020

Article in One Earth

A practical approach to measuring the biodiversity impacts of land conversion

Duran, A. P., Green, J. M. H., West, C. D., Visconti, P., Burgess, N., Virah-Sawmy, M. & Balmford, A., 26 Jun 2020, (E-pub ahead of print)

Article in Methods in ecology and evolution

Citizen participation in food systems policy making: A case study of a citizens’ assembly

Doherty, B., Sidhu, Y., Heron, T., West, C. D., Seaton, A., Gulec, J., Prado, P. & Flores Martínez, P., 7 May 2020

Article in Emerald Open Research

Using supply chain data to monitor zero deforestation commitments: an assessment of progress in the Brazilian soy sector

zu Ermgassen, E., Ayre, B., Godar, J., Bastos Lima, M., Bauch, S., Garrett, R., Green, J. M. H., Lathuilliere, M., Lofgren, P., Macfarquhar, C., Meyfroidt, P., Suavet, C., West, C. D. & Gardner, T. A., 18 Feb 2020

Article in Environmental Research Letters

Linking global drivers of agricultural trade to on-the-ground impacts on biodiversity

Green, J. M. H., Croft, S., Durán, A. P., Balmford, A., Burgess, N., Fick, S., Gardner, T., Godar, J., Suavet, C., Virah-Sawmy, M., Young, L. & West, C. D., 12 Nov 2019

Article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Transparency and sustainability in global commodity supply chains

Gardner, T. A., Benzie, M., Börner, J., Dawkins, E., Fick, S., Garrett, C. R., Godar, J., Grimard, A., Lake, S., Larsen, R. K., Mardas, N., McDermott, C. L., Meyfroidt, P., Osbeck, M., Persson, C. M., Sembres, T., Suavet, C., Strassburg, B. B. N., Trevisan, A., West, C. & 1 others, Wolvekamp, P., Sep 2019

Article in World Development

Sustainability gridlock in a global agricultural commodity chain: Reframing thesoy–meat food system

Virah-Sawmy, M., P. Durán, A., Green, J. M. H., M. Guerrero, A., Biggs, D. & West, C. D., 1 Apr 2019

Article in Sustainable Production and Consumption

Improving consumption based accounting for global capture fisheries

West, C. D., Hobbs, E., Croft, S., Green, J. M. H., Schmidt, S. & Wood, R., 1 Mar 2019

Article in Journal of Cleaner Production

Economic and agronomic impact assessment of wheat straw based alkyl polyglucoside produced using green chemical approaches

Lokesh, K., West, C., Kuylenstierna, J. CI., Fan, J., Budarin, V., Priecel, P., Lopez-Sanchez, J. A. & Clark, J. H., 1 Feb 2019

Article in Journal of Cleaner Production

Capturing the heterogeneity of sub-national production in global trade flows

Croft, S., West, C. D. & Green, J. M. H., 1 Dec 2018

Article in Journal of Cleaner Production

Global Value Chains and the Governance of ‘Embedded’ Food Commodities: The Case of Soy

Heron, T., Prado, P. & West, C., 1 Oct 2018

Article in Global Policy

Integrating data to connect consumers to their impacts

Croft, S., Green, J. M. H. & West, C. D., 2018, WWF Living Planet Report 2018: Aiming Higher. WWF, p. 34-36 3 p.

Trase Yearbook 2018: Sustainability in forest-risk supply chains: Spotlight on Brazilian soy

Trase, 2018, Stockholm Environment Institute. 68 p.

Environmental impact assessment of wheat straw based alkyl polyglucosides produced using novel chemical approaches

Lokesh, K., West, C. D., Kuylenstierna, J. C. I., Fan, J., Budarin, V. L., Priecel, P., Lopez-Sanchez, J. A. & Clark, J. H., 18 Aug 2017

Article in Green Chemistry

Linking consumption to production: the case of soy

West, C. D. & Croft, S., 2016, Living Planet Report 2016: Risk and resilience in a new era. WWF

Evaluating the Use of a Carbon Footprint Calculator: Communicating Impacts of Consumption at Household Level and Exploring Mitigation Options

West, S. E., Owen, A., Axelsson, K. & West, C. D., 16 Nov 2015

Article in Journal of Industrial Ecology

Hydrologically driven ecosystem processes determine the distribution and persistence of ecosystem-specialist predators under climate change

Carroll, M. J., Heinemeyer, A., Pearce-Higgins, J. W., Dennis, P., West, C. D., Holden, J., Wallage, Z. E. & Thomas, C. D., 31 Jul 2015

Article in Nature Communications

Identifying and exploring key commodity chains at risk from climate impacts

West, C. D., Croft, S., Dawkins, E., Warren, R. & Price, J., 2015, N/A.

Assessing physical trade flows of materials of biological origin to and from Scotland

Croft, S., Dawkins, E. & West, C. D., 2014, JNCC.

Measuring the impacts on global biodiversity of goods and services imported into the UK: Methodology report

Croft, S., West, C. D., Dawkins, E., Brugere, C., Sheate, W. & Raffaelli, D. G., Feb 2013, Defra. 21 p.

Improving the policy application of footprint indicators to support Europe's transition to a one planet economy: The development of the EUREAPA tool

Roelich, K., Owen, A., Thompson, D., Dawkins, E. & West, C., 1 Jan 2013

Article in Science of the Total Environment

Measuring the impacts on global biodiversity of goods and services imported into the UK

West, C. D., Dawkins, E., Croft, S., Raffaelli, D. G., Brugere, C. & Sheate, W., 2013, Defra. 54 p.

Modelling migration and aggregation: Applications in fisheries, environmental change, and evolution

West, C. D., 16 Mar 2011

OPEN:EU Scenario Quantification Report: Scenarios for a One Planet Economy

Roelich, K. E., Owen, A., West, C. D. & Moore, D., 2011, EU.

Preventing overexploitation of migratory fish stocks: the efficacy of marine protected areas in a stochastic environment

West, C. D., Dytham, C., Righton, D. & Pitchford, J. W., Oct 2009

Article in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Awards

GFS FSR - UK Soy Demand

West, C. D.

BBSRC: £5,000.00

1/10/2031/03/21

Award date: 19/10/20

Crowdsourcing resistant yeast strains

West, C. D. & Pateman, R. M.

BBSRC: £1,556.87

6/01/2031/10/20

Award date: 17/12/19

GCRF TRADE Hub

West, C. D., Croft, S. & Green, J. M. H.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC): £827,088.80

13/02/1912/02/24

Award date: 24/07/19

CASCADES - Climate chAnge and SytemiC risks: ADaptive and resilient Europe

West, C. D., Croft, S. & Heron, T.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION: £399,613.61

1/09/1931/08/23

Award date: 18/12/18

I KnowFood

Doherty, B., Ensor, J., Heron, T., Howley, P., Petrie, H., Pickett, K. & West, C. D.

BBSRC: £1,859,596.00

16/10/1631/07/21

Award date: 13/06/16

Drivers and Threats of Biodiversity Loss

West, C. D.

1/11/1530/06/18

Award date: 1/10/15

P2CS Initiative

West, C. D. & Croft, S.

1/01/1531/12/16

Award date: 20/05/15

PRINCE

West, C. D.

1/05/1431/05/17

Award date: 20/05/15

AVOID II

West, C. D. & Croft, S.

12/03/1531/03/16

Award date: 12/03/15

NET positive sustainable construction

West, C. D.

30/04/1330/06/14

Award date: 20/12/13

Measure What Matters

West, C. D., Croft, S. & Dawkins, E.

1/06/1331/05/16

Award date: 12/07/13

SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN

West, C. D. & Dawkins, E.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION: £11,373.00

1/06/1331/10/16

Award date: 11/02/13

Measuring the impacts on global biodiversity of goods and services imported into the UK

Raffaelli, D. G., Chadwick, M. T., Dawkins, E. & West, C. D.

30/09/1131/03/13

Award date: 3/10/11

Projects

AVOID II

West, C. D. & Croft, S.

12/03/1531/03/16

CASCADES - Climate chAnge and SytemiC risks: ADaptive and resilient Europe

West, C. D., Croft, S. & Heron, T.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

1/09/1931/08/23

Crowdsourcing resistant yeast strains

West, C. D. & Pateman, R. M.

BBSRC

6/01/2031/10/20

Drivers and Threats of Biodiversity Loss

West, C. D.

1/11/1530/06/18

GCRF TRADE Hub

West, C. D., Croft, S., Green, J. M. H. & Molotoks, A. V.

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (ESRC)

13/02/1912/02/24

GFS FSR - UK Soy Demand

West, C. D.

BBSRC

1/10/2031/03/21

I KnowFood

Doherty, B., Ensor, J., Heron, T., Howley, P., Petrie, H., Pickett, K. & West, C. D.

BBSRC

16/10/1631/07/21

Measure What Matters

West, C. D., Croft, S. & Dawkins, E.

1/06/1331/05/16

Measuring the impacts on global biodiversity of goods and services imported into the UK

Raffaelli, D. G., Chadwick, M. T., Dawkins, E. & West, C. D.

30/09/1131/03/13

NET positive sustainable construction

West, C. D.

30/04/1330/06/14

P2CS Initiative

West, C. D. & Croft, S.

1/01/1531/12/16

PRINCE

West, C. D.

1/05/1431/05/17

SUSTAIN EU-ASEAN

West, C. D. & Dawkins, E.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

1/06/1331/10/16