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The perverse risks of strong enforcement

Study level

PhD

Master of Philosophy

Honours

Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Mathematical Sciences

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Supervisors

Associate Professor Michael Bode
Position
Associate Professor
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty

External supervisors

  • Richard Hamilton, The Nature Conservancy
  • Peter Waldie, The Nature Conservancy

Overview

Environmental groups often argue that governments should have strong regulatory powers. That is, they should be allowed to:

  • close down fisheries (e.g., the international whale fishery)
  • ban the export of exploited organisms (e.g., the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES)
  • make environmentally destructive actions illegal (e.g., land clearing). 

However, if the economic actors who are exposed to these changes – the fishers, hunters, farmers – are aware that changes are imminent, they might take strategic, preventative steps to avoid the associated costs.

Research activities

In this project, we are going to calculate the potentially perverse consequences of strong environmental regulation, with reference to two important case-studies:

  1. land clearing laws in Queensland and New South Wales
  2. the export-orientated fisheries of Papua New Guinea.

Skills and experience

We expect students to have competency with quantitative analyses.

Scholarships

You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round

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Contact

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