Dr. Asif Khan is a postdoctoral researcher in economics at the University of Galway, Ireland, where he works with Dr. Thomas Van Rensburg on the DEEP REST project. In this project, he investigates the economic and societal impact of deep-sea mining on relevant stakeholders using stated preference surveys and environmental valuation techniques. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of the Basque Country Spain, where he focused on the Economic Evaluation of Air Pollution in India. During his PhD studies, Dr. Khan gained a solid foundation in environmental valuation techniques such as choice experiments and contingent valuation. He also gained experience in designing the stated preference surveys and conducting them on-site. As a postdoc, he has expanded his skill set to include cutting-edge techniques such as choice experiments. Dr. Khan's current research focuses on the valuation of deep-sea mining. He is particularly interested in examining the economic valuation of ecosystem services and contributing to the development of a socio-ecological system for deep sea ocean governance, conservation and restoration.