Senior Researcher, Center for Environmental Economics and Policy job with UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

  • 10 month fixed term and full-time appointment with possibility of extension depending on performance and funding
  • Research-intensive position with a start date as soon as possible
  • Secondment arrangements and remote work from home will be considered
  • Salary scale: Level C $128,152 – $147,413 pa plus 17% retirement pension

UWA Center for Environmental Economics and Policy

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world and a member of Australia’s prestigious group of eight research-intensive universities. With an enviable research experience, a dynamic campus and working environments, backed by the freedom to “innovate and inspire”, there’s no better time to join the best university in Western Australia.

About the team

The Center for Environmental Economics and Policy is housed within the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment and is located in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Surrounded by a wealth of agricultural, natural and mining resources, our location enables us to produce innovative research with global application.

Our teaching and research benefit from a network of national and international collaborators, and our strong links with industry and government produce change in agricultural and environmental management, regional development, and urban policy and planning. We have a strong track record in PhD supervision and successful external research grants.

The Australian Research Council rated Agricultural Science at UWA as “Above Global Standards” and Environmental Science at UWA as “Well Above Global Standard” in the last Excellence Assessment in Research Australia.

About the role

As an appointee, you will be a member of the Center for Environmental Economics & Policy providing research services to project managers and contributing to results in accordance with contractual requirements.

Working under the supervision of Associate Professor Michael Burton and Dr Abbie Rogers, this position will require the appointee to contribute to the achievement of the environmental economics components of the project “Project-Level Environmental Economic Accounting for Coastal Ecosystems of blue carbon”. This project is a multi-disciplinary project led by Deakin University and funded by the Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Water (formerly Department of Agriculture, Water and the environment).

You will contribute to the development of practical guidance on the implementation of environmental economic accounts for coastal restoration projects and undertake economic valuation to develop accounts for case study sites.

To be considered for this role, you will meet the following criteria:

  • PhD in applied economics (resources, environment, ecology or agriculture) or accounting
  • Experience in applying economic concepts and modeling techniques to marine/coastal environments, or ecosystem services relevant to those environments
  • Demonstrated personal commitment to academic research
  • Strong publishing experience in high-quality, international-level journals
  • Ability to translate concepts from economic theory to an educated, non-expert audience, including the development of non-academic products such as technical reports or guidelines
  • Demonstrated knowledge of micro-economic concepts and modeling techniques relevant to the valuation of environmental/ecosystem services
  • Proficiency in a range of computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, internet, email and statistical software (e.g. SPSS)

About you

You will be an economist with the skills to work in an interdisciplinary environment. You will have an understanding of environmental valuation approaches, including non-market valuation and welfare analysis. An understanding of the environmental economic accounts framework and the concept of exchange value is essential for this position.

You will also possess excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills with a demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.

For further information regarding the position or confidential discussion, please contact Dr Abbie Rogers, email:

Closing Date: Friday, August 12, 2022

This position is only open to candidates with the right to work in Australia.

Application details: Please apply online via the Apply Now button.

Shortlisting will begin immediately and early application is encouraged.

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity

UWA is committed to a diverse workforce. We celebrate inclusion and diversity and believe gender equity is fundamental to achieving our goal of being a top 50 university by 2050.

We have child-friendly areas on campus, including daycares. Flexible work arrangements, part-time schedules and job sharing will all be considered.

  • UWA has been awarded bronze employer status for being one of the top ten employers for LGBTI inclusion by the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2021).
  • UWA also received Athena Swan Bronze accreditation in 2020.

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