She holds a first class degree in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and a Masters Degree with Distinction in Development and Agricultural Economics from the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, UK.
Between 1990 and 2001 Lucy was based in Africa, where she worked as an environmental economics technical advisor for DFID, UNEP, the African Wildlife Foundation and a variety of other bilateral, NGO, UN and private sector organisations as well as holding the post of Director of the Policy Research Group, a Kenya-based think-tank.
Between 1998 and 2008, she established and led environmental economics programmes for IUCN (the International Union for the Conservation of Nature) in East Africa, Asia and at the Global level.
Based in Asia since 2001, Lucy has provides global technical support, business planning advice and research & development services in environmental sustainability to the corporate sector, governments and international agencies.
Lucy specialises in the valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services and in the design and implementation of innovative conservation financing mechanisms and payments for ecosystem services.
She has also worked extensively in the economics of climate change, protected areas, river basin and watershed management.
She is an experienced trainer, and has published widely on the economics of biodiversity and ecosystems.