Chunbo Ma

Associate Professor

  • The University of Western Australia (M089), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Associate Professor Ma is an internationally recognised applied economist with expertise in the economic and policy analysis of environment and resource issues. He has led and participated in collaborative research projects funded by organisations like the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Natural Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the Ministry of Education of China, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), and the World Bank (WB). He has also received fellowship support from institutions like the Chauncey and Doris Starr Foundation, the Alcoa Foundation, the ARC, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), etc. He has a well-established publications track record with most journal articles published in A*/A journals (ABDC list) such as Journal of Environmental Economics and Management (JEEM), Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE), Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE), Resource and Energy Economics (REE), Energy Economics (EE), etc. His research is highly cited and recognized nationally and internationally. He was named Australia’s Top Researcher in the field of law and environmental policy by the Australian’s 2018 Research Magazine. He was also appointed as associate editor of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AJARE). Since 2019, he has featured on the World’s Top 2% Scientists List published by Stanford University and Elsevier. Associate Professor Ma also has a recognised track record of teaching diverse economics and data analysis subjects in Australia, United States, and China.

Roles and responsibilities

2014-, Associate Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UWA

Previous positions


2021-2023, Head of Department, Agricultural and Resource Economics

2009-2014, Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics


2018, Pearl River Scholar, Department of Education of Guandong, China

2013-2016, DECRA Fellow, Australian Research Council

2014, Visiting Research Fellow, Australian National University

2007-2009, Research Fellow, Alcoa Foundation, University of Michigan, US

Teaching overview

Current: ECON5003, ECON5004, ECONM501, SCIE5507, SCIE4401, SCIE1104

Previous: ECON1120, ECON3323, ECON4410

Research interests

Environmental, energy and resource economics and policy analysis

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Expert Assessor, ARC Australian Research Council

Associate Editor, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

International Expert Assessor, National Natural Science Foundation of China


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