Dr. Sach Wry

Metachoice and Metadata: Innovating with Environmental Policy Analysis in Europe

Year: 2014

Michael Faure

Europe can boast of generally good environmental quality and that is at least partly down to stringent environmental standards and consistently smart policy design. That the continent might maintain that lead in the environmental sector is scarcely guaranteed though. This thesis looks at three distinct routes to sustained improvements in environmental policy design and analysis in Europe. The first is an innovation with a form of economic analysis popularly used in environmental policy. The second is scrutiny of the human capital invested in policy analysis. The last explores the potential of the emergent phenomenon of Big Data to advance 21st century environmental policy analysis.