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Socio/Economic Analysis and Modelling for Environmental Decision-Making

We build on techniques from a range of disciplines, and develop methods to analyse, model and integrate knowledge about socio-economic and ecological processes to improve environmental decision-making. This theme recognises that environmental management is, by definition, a social and political process, so responses to environmental problems must focus at least in part on human behaviour and social preferences...read more

Prof Sarah Bekessy

Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy has been teaching and conducting research in environmental studies at RMIT University since 2004. Using her background in conservation biology and more recent experience in the social sciences, Sarah has established a successful research team that seeks to engage in high impact, interdisciplinary and collaborative ...
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Position at CEEDChief Investigator, Theme Leader (C), Node Leader (RMIT...
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Ms Louise Blackmore

Louise Blackmore is a PhD student in the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia. She has a general interest in biodiversity management and policy, particularly how biodiversity conservation may be achieved on private lands. Louise’s key research interests include: the social aspects of environment ...
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Prof Yvonne Buckley

I work on the management of processes which threaten ecosystem function and biodiversity. In particular, the population dynamics, spread, evolution and herbivore interactions of both native and invasive plants. I have used a wide range of approaches to tackle these problems, from the development of simple, relatively abstract models, through to sys ...
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Position at CEEDPartner Investigator
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Dr Katrina Davis

Dr Katrina Davis commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in July 2015. Her research investigates optimal use of natural resources to maximise the productivity of human and ecological systems. Her current research examines how to integrate expert and stakeholder preferences for marine ecological features by ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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Dr Angela Dean

Dr Angela Dean is a quantitative social scientist. Her research focuses on how to promote environmental citizenship within communities.  Angela draws on diverse experience as both a researcher and practitioner in the areas of health, science communication, citizen science, and sustainable urban water management.  Her research explores: ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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Dr Fiona Gibson

Fiona is working on CEED projects 'Comparing decision metrics used in environmental project prioritisation' and 'understanding barriers to the adoption of decision theory in environmental policy'. She received her doctorate from the University of Western Australia on September 15 2011. Fiona is currently working in the space of bushfire management ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow / Senior Researcher
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Dr Ascelin Gordon

Ascelin's research focuses on interdisciplinary problems in conservation science. His current research focuses on developing modelling approaches for understanding the impacts of environmental policies on biodiversity values in the landscape. He also has a range of other research areas of interest including: Conservation planning and spatial pri ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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Dr Angela Guerrero-Gonzalez

Angela is interested in the human and institutional aspects that affect nature conservation. Her research focuses on developing ways to account for social-ecological complexity in conservation decisions. For example, how governance networks can best deal with ecological complexity and multi-scalar conservation issues. Angela's research also include ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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Mr Matthew Hardy

Mat is a PhD student with the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies. Within his PhD, Mat will be looking at robust decision-making for private land conservation within landscape-scale conservation projects.Mat is currently working part-time as a Program Officer with the Australian La ...
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Position at CEEDPhD Candidate
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Dr Matthew Holden

Matt is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland's ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) in Brisbane, Australia. Mathematical tools unify his research across several diverse topics in environmental science, including illegal use and trade of natural resources, fisheries management, NGO and stakeholder beh ...
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Prof Salit Kark

My research focuses on understanding the patterns and processes shaping biodiversity of native and invasive species and their implications for conservation and environmental decisions in a changing world. I focus on these main directions: (1) Biodiversity and conservation in human-dominated landscapes: This includes studies on both native and alie ...
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Position at CEEDChief Investigator, Theme Leader (A)
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Marit Kragt is an Assistant Professor at the School of Agricultural & Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia, and a researcher at the UWA Centre of Environmental Economics and Policy. Her research is targeted at helping to solve policy pertinent environmental problems. A significant proportion of her research focuses on cons ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow / Senior Researcher
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Mr Alex Kusmanoff

Alex has a background in law and environmental science, and has previously worked in various policy roles for the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments. Nearing the end of his PhD, his research explores how the strategic use of message framing can enhance conservation messages. This applies principles from various social science disciplines, inclu ...
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Position at CEEDPhD Candidate
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Assoc Prof Noam Levin

I am a geographer, using GIS and remote sensing for understanding land cover changes, wildfires and human activity, and for prioritizing conservation actions in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

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Ms Fleur Maseyk

I work at the interface of science and policy in the applied areas of natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. My PhD thesis explored how, by targeting management actions towards natural capital stocks, we can influence ecosystem function, and thus the provision of ecosystem services and conservation outcomes. My key areas of inte ...
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Position at CEEDPhD Student
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Prof E.J. Milner-Gulland

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Ms Laura Mumaw

Laura is a PhD Student in the Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group. In her PhD she will be looking at biodiversity decision making and stewardship in urban neighbourhoods.

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Position at CEEDPhD Candidate
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Assoc Prof Ram Pandit

Ram's key areas of research interest are: Natural resource economics; Environmental economics; Application of economic valuation techniques (hedonic pricing); Forest policy and management; Urban and community forestry;Ecosystem services; Ecotourism and protected area management; and Biodiversity conservation. Most recently Ram was part of the ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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Prof David Pannell

David Pannell is Professor in the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia, Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, and a former Federation Fellow of the Australian Research Council (2007-2012). His research includes the economics of land and water conservation; environmental polic ...
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Position at CEEDChief Investigator, Node Leader (UWA)
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Dr Maksym Polyakov

Maksym received his doctorate degree in applied economics from Auburn University in 2004. Prior to coming to UWA, he had postdoctoral positions at Auburn University and NCSU studying anthropogenic effects on diversity of forest trees; impact of property tax policy, urbanization, and markets on land use change; and analysing harvest behaviour of pri ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow / Senior Researcher
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Prof Hugh Possingham

Hugh is a Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and was the Director of CEED from 2011-2016.  Aside from his day job, Hugh has a variety of broader public roles advising policy makers, conservation groups and managers by sitting on 15 committees and boards outside the University of Queensland including: The Wentworth Group of Concerned S ...
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Position at CEEDPartner Investigator
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Assoc Prof Jonathan Rhodes

Jonathan is an applied ecologist working at the interface between ecology, social science and economics to improve and better understand conservation decision-making. He has a particular interest in understanding how spatial processes drive biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the implications of this for decision-making in conservation. Jona ...
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Position at CEEDChief Investigator, Theme Leader (B), Node Leader (UQ)
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Twitter@j_r_rhodes
Mrs Nooshin Torabi

I am a PhD student in RMIT University, Melbourne. My thesis title is Integrated Ecological and Socio-Economic Modelling of Biodiverse Plantings for Carbon Sequestration. I want to explore the socio-cultural drivers of private landholders who participate in biodiverse carbon plantings in their properties. Also, I am interested in finding out additi ...
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Position at CEEDPhD Student
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Dr Ayesha Tulloch

Ayesha is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University and Associate Fellow with the University of Queensland where she completed her PhD on optimal monitoring. Her research focuses on using ecological knowledge to inform conservation decision-making processes. She is a conservation biologist interested in particular in decisions that t ...
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Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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Ms Julia van Velden

Julia is a PhD student with the Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University and is generally interested in socio-ecological systems and sustainable resource extraction. She started her PhD project in 2017, investigating the spatial and social dynamics of the bushmeat trade in savanna systems of Africa.  She is particularly ...
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Position at CEEDPhD candidate
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Assoc Prof Peter Vesk

I am an ecologist working mainly with plants. My research focusses on gathering and organising knowledge for ecological management of rural landscapes, on generalising ecological knowledge so as to facilitate availability of knowledge, and interactions between plants and animals. I aim to bridge the gap between field ecology and modelling. Recent ...
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Position at CEEDChief Invesitgator, Theme leader (D)
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Jessie is a post-doctoral researcher working on ecosystem services and landscape planning in Borneo, as part of the Borneo Futures Project in collaboration with CEED researchers, other scientists and NGOs.

Position at CEEDPostdoctoral Fellow
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Prof Kerrie Wilson

Professor Kerrie Wilson is an ARC Future Fellow at The University of Queensland (UQ), Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and an Affiliated Professor in Conservation Science at The University of Copenhagen. Kerrie holds a degree in Environmental Science (First Class Honours, awarded in 1999) ...
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Position at CEEDCEED Director, Chief Investigator
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Prof Brendan Wintle

I’m an conservation ecologist, Professor and ARC Future Fellow. I’m interested in uncertainty and conservation decision making. I coordinate and teach 3rd year Applied Ecology at Melbourne University.  I’m Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Government’s National Environmental Science Programme Thr ...
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Position at CEEDChief investigator, Node Leader (UoM)
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