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James Benhin


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Dr James Benhin

  • Job title: Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer), Plymouth Graduate School of Management & Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)
  • Address: Room 233A, Cookworthy Building, Drake Circus,
    Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AA
  • Telephone: +441752585613
  • Facsimile: +44 (0)1752 585714
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Teaching and researching in many areas of economics including environmental and resource economics.
Member of the Faculty of Business Research Ethics Committee.

Director of Studies/Supervisor for several PhD students.

Visiting Lecturer in natural resource economics at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. 

Qualifications & background

DPhil (Environmental Economics and Environmental Management), University of York
MPhil (Economics), University of Ghana
PG Cert. in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Plymouth University
B.A. (Hons) (Economics), University of Cape Coast, Ghana
Dip. Ed. University of Cape Coast, Ghana 

Professional membership

Membership of the:

    European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)

    Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE)

    Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS)

    African Association of Agricultural Economists (AAAE)


Roles on external bodies

Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Marine Science, Research & Development

Consultant for the African Development Bank (ADB) 

Teaching interests

Module Leader for:

  • MAR502                        Economics, Law and Policy for Marine Renewable
  • EMBA700/MBA711       Global Economic Environment
  • MBA702                        Economics

Also involved in the following modules:

  • PGBS0103                    Issues in Finance
  • ECN390                        Environmental and Resource Economics
  • ECN303                        Economics Project
  • ECN308                        Business Management (Graduate Enterprise option)
  • ECN109                        Interpreting Economic Datat
  • ECN105                        Principles of Economics
  • BUS229                        Shaping the Future: Creating Sustainable organisations
  • PDP100                        Personal Development

Staff serving as external examiners

External Examiner for PhD thesis (2013), Wageningen University, The Netherlands

External Examiner for PhD thesis (2009), University of Pretoria, South Africa

External Examiner for MSc dissertations, University of Malawi (Bunda Agriculture College), Malawi 

Research interests

Marine resource economics
Economics of climate change and adaptation
Economics of conservation and biodiversity
Macroeconomic policies, trade and the environment
Development economics

UoP Research group membership

Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research (MarCoPol) 
Centre for Maritime Logistics, Economics and Finance (CEMLEF) 
Rural Development  

Grants & contracts

2002 - 2006: Regional climate, water and agriculture: impacts on and adaptation of agro-ecological systems in Africa - A case study of South Africa (US$40,000 funded by the GEF/World Bank/TFESSD).

2008 - 2011: Sustainable Development within Famouth Harbour: Environmental and socioeconomic issues (Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Project No. KTP007098) With John Dinwoodie and Sarah Tuck, Plymouth Business School (£97,013). 


    Benhin JKA, Dinwoodie J, Tuck S, Knowles H & Sansom M  (2012)  'Sustainable Development of Maritime Operations in Ports' Business Strategy and Environment  21  (2),  pp 111 - 126 , DOI 
    Benhin JKA & Cardoso A  (2011)  'Assessing the viability of protecting Columbia Caribbean Coast from sea level rise: An economic valuation approach' Semestre Económico  14  (29),  pp 13 - 30
    Benhin JKA, Molua EL, Kabubo-Mariara J, Ouedraogo M & EL-Marsafawy S  (2010)  'Global climate change and vulnerability of African agriculture: Implications for resilience and sustained productive capacity' Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture  49  (3),  pp 183 - 211
    Benhin JKA, Mutoko MC, Ritho CN & Mbatia OLE  (2008)  'Analysis of economic efficiency in smallholder maize farmer production in Northeastern Kenya' East African Agriculture and Forestry Journal  74  (1&2), 
    Benhin JKA & White PLC  (2004)  'Factors influencing the incidence and scale of bovine tuberculosis in cattle in southwest England' Preventive Veterinary Medicine  63  (1-2),  pp 1 - 7 , DOI 
    Benhin JKA  (2010)  'Estimates of monetary values of ecosystem services' in Pushpam K (ed.)  The Economics of Ecosystem and Biodiversity: Ecological and Economic Foundations  London:  Earthscan 

    Conferences organised

    GEF/World Bank Regional climate, water and agriculture: Impacts on and adaptation of agro-ecological systems in Africa, "Understanding and Adapting to Climate Change: What can the World Learn
    from Africa’s Experience” Zaragoza, Spain,  December 2004.

    GEF/World Bank Regional climate, water and agriculture: Impacts on and adaptation of agro-ecological systems in Africa, "Training workshop on quality control for country level and regional analyses and reporting", Cairo, Egypt,  November 2003.

    BioEcon Training Workshop: The Economics of Conservation Biodiversity. A collaborative workshop between the Department of Economics, University College London and the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy in Africa (CEEPA), CEEPA, University of Pretoria, South Africa, September 2003.

    GEF/World Bank Regional Climate, water and agriculture: Impacts on and adaptation of agro-ecological systems in Africa. "Training workshop on crop response simulation and river basin hydrology modelling." Accra, Ghana, 
    June 2003.

    GEF/World Bank Regional Climate, water and agriculture: Impacts on and adaptation of agro-ecological systems in Africa. “Launching and Training workshop on unified methodologies and data collection needs.” Cape Town, South Africa, December 2002.


    Other academic activities

    Reviewer for the following academic journals:

    Ecological Economics, Environment and Development Economics, Land Economics, Journal of Environmental Management, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Eastern Africa Journal of Rural Development, Environmental Conservation, Forest Policy and Economics, International Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation Letters, Global and Planetary Change.


    Additional information

    Project Coordinator,
    Regional climate, water and agriculture: impacts and adaptation of agro-ecological systems in 11 African countries - a multidiscplinary study, 2002 - 2006 (US$1.3 million funded by the GEF/World Bank/TFESSD)