Matthew's PhD research focuses on incentives used to promote forest-friendly behaviour in local communities. His field studies are based in the Andes region of South America (ie Peru, Ecuador and Colombia).
Matthew holds an MSc in Environmental Technology (with a specialisation in environmental economics and policy) from Imperial College London, and a BS in Biology (with a minor in chemistry) from the University of Virginia, USA.
In between his studies, Matthew spent time consulting in Washington, D.C. and London, working on projects for organisations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, European Commission DG Environment, and World Bank.
Payments for ecosystem services;
Other market-based instruments for conservation;
Financing ecosystems and biodiversity;
Accounting and valuation of ecosystems and biodiversity;
Stated preference valuation methods.
Nagoya at the Halfway Mark: mixed messages on financing
Matthew Cranford and Charlie Parker, Ecosystem Marketplace News & Analysis, 22 October
Oakes, N., Leggett, M., Cranford, M. and H. Vickers. 2012. The Little Forest Finance Book. Global Canopy Programme, Oxford, UK. External link to full PDF
Parker, C., Cranford, M., Oakes, N. and M. Leggett. 2012. The Little Biodiversity Finance Book (3rd Edition).Global Canopy Programme, Oxford, UK. External link to full PDF
Cranford, M., Parker, C. & Trivedi, M. November 2011. Understanding forest bonds: a guide to raising up-front finance for tropical forests. Global Canopy Programme, Oxford, UK. External link to full document
Cranford, M., Henderson, I. R., Mitchell, A. W., Kidney, S., and Kanak, D. P. 2011. Unlocking forest bonds: a high-level workshop on innovative finance for tropical forests. Workshop report, WWF Forest & Climate Initiative, Global Canopy Programme and Climate Bonds Initiative. External link to full article
Sander, K., and Cranford, M. 2010. Financing Environmental Services in Developing Countries. Analytical background paper to the World Bank Group Environment Strategy, World Bank, Washington, D.C. Download PDF of document
Dickie, I., and Cranford, M. 2010. "Europe", in Madsen, B., Carroll, N., and Moore Brands, K. State of Biodiversity Markets Report: offset and compensation programs worldwide. Ecosystem Marketplace, Washington D.C. Download PDF of report
Cranford, M. & Mourato, S. 2011. Community conservation and a two-stage approach to payments for ecosystem services. Ecological Economics, v.71, pp.89-98. External link to document