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Economist, Fenner School, Australian National University

Judith Ajani is an economist based at the ANU’s Fenner School of Environment and Society. She has nearly 30 years of forestry industry research and policy experience in both government and academia. Judith contributed to the successful forest policy outcomes in Queensland, Western Australia and the Otways in Victoria and maintains an active engagement in the ongoing native forest and plantation forestry public policy debates. This engagement provided critical resource material for her book – The Forest Wars, published by Melbourne University Press in 2007. Judith’s contribution to the forest debate has been to bring the silenced plantation processing industry to our attention so we are able to make informed choices about the future for native forests. Judith is currently working with colleagues on how native forests and plantations should be incorporated in climate change policy.


  • –present
    Economist, ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • 1989–1996
    Economic Consultant, Self employed
  • 1982–1988
    Manager/Industry Researcher, Victorian Department of Business and Employment
  • 1980–1982
    Economist/Research Assistant, Port of Melbourne Authority
  • 1979–1980
    Research Officer, Bureau of Industry Economics


  • 2003 
    Australian National University,  PhD, Environmental Science and Resource Management
  • 1979 
    School of Economics, University of Melbourne,  Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • 1978 
    Melbourne State College,  Higher Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)
  • 1976 
    University of Melbourne,  Diploma of Physical Education

Research Areas

  • Forestry Management And Environment (070504)
  • Public Policy (160510)