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Senior Lecturer, Economics, James Cook University

I am an environmental economist with an emerging record of research accomplishments in the study of social and economic aspects of environmental/natural resource management, focusing primarily on investigating and evaluating trade-offs and co-benefits arising from natural resource use/environmental conservation and economic development within northern Australia, involving cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary and cross institutional collaborations.

I have developed a range of economic analysis skills that can be applied to improving knowledge and informing policy regarding natural resource use within northern Australia. The majority of my research has focused on (i) the impact of the Great Barrier Reef and water quality in the Great Barrier Reef lagoon on residents of the Great Barrier Reef catchment and tourists visiting the region and on the impacts of economic activity in the Great Barrier Reef region on the Great Barrier Reef/water quality; (ii) the impact of economic, social and environmental factors on life satisfaction; and (iii) the economic impact of Indigenous land management programmes.

My research interests lie in improving our understanding of the economic and social values that are derived from the environment, then using this understanding to inform policy relating to environmental conservation and natural resource management. My research contributes to a number of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Sustainable Goalss: 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14 & 15.


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    Senior Lecturer, Economics, James Cook University