• The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Dr Abbie Rogers is Co-Director of the UWA Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP), and a WA Premier's Mid-Career Fellow in the School of Agriculture & Environment (SAgE) and Oceans Institute.

Through her roles in CEEP, SAgE and the Oceans Institute, Abbie helps to facilitate multidisciplinary research initiatives that will position us towards better conservation, management and sustainable use of our natural environments. Her primary research interests in CEEP are in the application of non-market valuation to estimate community values and preferences for environmental conservation and management, and the extension of this information into associated decision-support tools such as benefit-cost analyses. This includes applications in the context of marine, terrestrial and aquatic environments, with her Fellowship focussed on developing economic tools for coastal management. Ultimately, she is interested in improving the application, understanding and accessibility of environmental economics to improve policy and decision making.


You can find out more about Abbie's research and the CEEP team at https://www.uwaceep.org/ 


Links to some of CEEP's decision support tools and guidelines:


Awards & distinctions:

  • UWA School of Agriculture and Environment Emerging Leader Award, 2022
  • WA Young Tall Poppy award nominee, 2020
  • UWA School of Agriculture and Environment Rising Star, 2018
  • Finalist UWA Faculty of Science Publication Awards for Early Career Researchers, 2015
  • UWA Selling Your Project prize for ARC proposals, 2014
  • Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Prize for Quality of Research Communication, 2013
  • Runner up poster prize at the 56th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 2012
  • Western Australian Marine Science Institution PhD Top-up Scholarship, 2007
  • UWA University Postgraduate Award Scholarship, 2006
  • U.K. Agricultural Economics Society Prize Essay (for best article by an early-career researcher, published in the Journal of Agricultural Economics), 2006

Roles and responsibilities

Co-Director, UWA Centre for Environmental Economics & Policy

Senior Research Fellow, School of Agriculture & Environment

Socio-economic Theme Lead, WAMSI-Westport Marine Science Program

Science Expert Panel Member, Northwest Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program

Science Sector Advisory Group, South Coast Marine Park planning process

NESP Marine & Coastal Hub South West Reference Committee

UWA Research Committee

School of Agriculture & Environment Research Committee


Future research

The following topics are areas of interest for future research. There is scope for students interested in Honours, Masters or PhD in 2024 to work on some of these topics.

  • Better integration of non-market valuation into environmental decision making
  • Economics of coastal hazards
  • Economics of habitat restoration
  • Estimating the intangible values of marine environments
  • Improving accessibility, usability and usefulness of integrated economic assessment tools for environmental decision making 

Funding overview

  • 2023 Coastal Values Project with Burton, M | WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage $523,622.
  • 2023 Premier's Science Fellowship with Cumming, G | WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation $3,000,000.
  • 2022 Cockburn Sound social values with Elrick-Barr, C, Kiatkoski Kim, M |WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation $40,768.
  • 2022 Project-level environmental economic accounting for coastal blue carbon ecosystems. Co-lead Chief Investigator (CI) with Burton, M.| Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment $297,950.
  • 2021 WAMSI-Westport Marine Science Program Theme 6 projects (6.1-6.4). Theme lead; Project 6.4 Lead CI, and Project 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 CI, With Burton, M, Pauli, N, Navarro, M, Obregon, C, Hughes, M, Katioski Kim, M, Lowe, R, Nejati Ajibished, M, Ryan, K, Pearce, J, Kobryn, H, Cabalu, H, Ackermann, F. | WA Department of Transport $612,000.
  • 2021 BeefLinks: Producer insights for adoption outcomes across WA BeefLinks. CI, with Dempster, F, Vercoe, P, Rola-Rubzen, F, Harold, T, Kragt, M, Mugera, A.| Meat and Livestock Australia $544,027
  • 2021 A scoping study to develop a plan for sustainable marine aquaculture in Sri Lanka. CI, with Pattiaratchi, C.| Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade $51,000.
  • 2021 Quantifying the ecosystem services of the Great Southern Reef with Wernberg, T, Dexter, K, Burton, M.| NESP Marine & Coastal Hub $15,000.
  • 2021 Coastwest CoastSnap Social Values with Elrick-Barr, C, Clifton, J, Cuttler, M.| WA Department of Planning, Lands & Heritage $11,443.
  • 2020 Global comparative assessment of the role of oceans in a sustainable future. CI, with Gourvanec, S, Sturt, F, Reid, E, Holland, R, Siekiera, J, Andriamahefazafy, M, Techera, E, Neef, A, Ortega Cisneros, K, Fuh, D, Falkenberg, L, Li, R. | WUN RDF £10,000.
  • 2019 ARC Discovery Project: ‘Benefits and costs of non-market valuation for environmental management’. Chief Investigators: Pannell, D, Rogers, A, Burton, M, Iftekhar, S, Johnston, R. Funding: $537,117
  • 2019 NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub: ‘Socioeconomic benchmarks for Australian Marine Parks’ Chief Investigators: Langlois, T, Navarro, M, Burton, M, Kragt, M, Rogers, A. Funding: $150,000
  • 2018 Government of Western Australia Department of Planning, Lands & Heritage: ‘Wanneroo Coastal Values Survey’. Chief Investigators: Rogers, A and Burton, M. Funding: $19,238
  • 2018 Westport Taskforce: ‘Westport community valuation survey’ Chief Investigators: Rogers, A and Burton, M Funding: $50,580
  • 2018 NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub: ‘The role of restoration in conserving MNES (Project E5)’ Chief Investigators: Kendrick, G, Rogers, A, and Statton, J. Funding: $43,750
  • 2017 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC: ‘Economics of Natural Hazards’. Chief Investigators: Florec, V, Hailu, A, Gibson, F, Rogers, A and Pannell, D. Funding: $540,000
  • 2017 Government of Western Australia Department of Planning: ‘A methodology to measure the values of the coast’. Chief Investigators: Rogers, A and Burton, M. Funding: $23,375
  • 2015 NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub: ‘Road testing decision support tools via case study applications (Project B1)’. Chief Investigators: Walshe, T, Pascoe, S, Barrett, N, Rogers, A, Burton, M and Gibson, F. Funding: $121,500
  • 2013 ARC Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions and NERP Environmental Decisions Hub Student/Post-doctoral Working Groups & Workshops: ‘Decision science: explaining successes and missed opportunities for use in conservation policy’. Chief Investigators: Gibson, F and Rogers, A. Funding: $12,000.
  • 2011 ARC Linkage Project: ‘Do scientist and public preferences diverge? Analysing expert and public preferences for environmental and social outcomes for the Swan River’. Chief Investigators: Pannell, D, Rolfe, J, Burton, M and Meeuwig, J (Rogers, A, Cleland, J and Gibson, F involved in research concept, facilitation with Partner Organisation, drafting of application). Funding: $97, 984 (ARC); $60,000 (Partner Organisation – Swan River Trust).

Previous positions

  • Deputy Director, UWA Oceans Institute
  • Thriving Coasts CRC bid Program Leader and WA Bid Representative
  • Research Fellow with Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC
  • Research Fellow with Water Sensitive Cities CRC
  • Research Fellow with the Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions
  • Research Fellow working on the NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub project 2.1: Integrating social, economic and environmental values
  • Research Associate working on the ARC Linkage project 'Do scientist and public preferences diverge? Analysing expert and public preferences for environmental and social outcomes for the Swan River' within the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Research Associate working on the project 'Divergence between public and expert valuations of environmental assets' within the Environmental Economics Research Hub
  • PhD Candidate, School of Agricultural & Resource Economics UWA
  • Natural Resource Economics, Advanced Choice Economics
  • WA Branch President, AARES 
  • WA Branch Promotion & Development Manager, AARES
  • WA Branch Secretary, AARES

Teaching overview

Current: Marine conservation and management (BIOL4407).

Guest lecturing: Coastal hazards and adaptation (EART4415); Global oceans challenges (OCEN1001).

Previous: Environmental and resource economics (ECON4410); Science, society and data analysis (SCIE1104).


  • Choice experiments and non-market valuation
  • Benefit-cost analysis and integrated economic assessments
  • Divergence of preferences between different stakeholder groups in NRM
  • Marine park management and social values
  • Economics of coastal environments
  • Economics of natural hazards

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research expertise keywords

  • Non-market valuation
  • Environmental economics
  • Natural resource economics
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental policy
  • Marine valuation
  • Marine economics
  • Coastal economics


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