Chunbo Ma

Head of Department, Agricultural and Resource Economics, Associate Professor

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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Chunbo Ma completed a Master in Environmental Economics, Values and Policy in 2003 and a PhD in Ecological Economics in 2007 both at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Following the completion of his Degrees he joined the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, working on China's electricity market and policies.

Chunbo joined the Agricultural and Resource Economics discipline at UWA in 2009.

Roles and responsibilities

Head of Department, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Deputy Head of School, UWA School of Agriculture and Environment

Previous positions

ARC DECRA Research Fellow, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UWA, Australia,2013-2015

Assistant Professor, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UWA, Australia, 2009-2014

Alcoa Foundation Sustainability Research Fellow, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, School of Natural Resource and Environment, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, US, 2007-2009

Teaching overview

Current Teaching

ECON 5003, Microeconomic Theory for Agricultural & Environmental Economics
ECON 5004, Microeconometric Models for Agricultural & Environmental Economics
SCIE5507, Food, Fibre and Fuel Security

Previous Teaching

ECON 1120, Environmental Economics (Sem 1)
ECON 1120, Environmental Economics (Sem 2)
ECON 3323, Business and the Environment
ECON 4410, Environmental and Resource Economics


Energy/Resource/Environmental Economic; Agricutlural Economics; Productivity and Efficiency Analysis; Non-market Valuation; Chinese Economy

Funding overview

World University Network (WUN) Research Development Fund, Facilitating international research collaboration between economists working on the integration of renewable generation into electricity markets, with University of Alberta, £9, 439+$A2, 500, 2017.

World University Network (WUN) Research Development Fund, Wind or Solar? The Political Economy of Fuel Competition between Renewables, with the Chinese University of Hong Kong, £10, 000+$A2, 500, 2017.

Ministry of Education of the PRC Key Grant, Studies of urban and rural land market in China, (Leading CI: Anlu Zhang), RMB800,000, 2014.

Vice-Chancellor’s Young Investigator Award, 2014, University of Western Australia, $A1, 500, 2014.

ATSE Australia-China Emerging Future Leaders Fellowship, 2013, Low Emission Coal Technology, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), 2013.

NSFC General Program Grant, Non-market valuation of environmental externalities in power generation sector and policy models of promoting energy saving and emission mitigation, Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) (Leading CI: X.L. Zhao, North China Electric Power University), RMB570, 000, 2013.

Research Collaboration Award, University of Western Australia, Modelling Productivity Performance of China’s Coal-Fired Power Generation, (with North China Electric Power University), $A10, 000, 2013.

DECRA, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, Australian Reseach Council, Social Learning:The Diffusion of Residential Rooftop Photovoltaic Panels in Australia, $A407,154, 2013-2015.

ECR Fellowship Support Grant, University of Western Australia, Solar Panel Diffusion in Australia, A$30,000, 2013-2015.

Discovery Project, Australian Research Council, Energy Transitions: Past, Present and Future, David I. Stern, ANU; Chunbo Ma, UWA; Jack Pezzey, ANU and Astrid Kander, Lund U., $A240,000, 2012-2014.

Research Development Award, University of Western Australia, The Diffusion of Household Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems in Western Australia, with Michael Burton, AU$9,300, 2011.

Research Development Award, University of Western Australia, Preferences and Willingness-to-pay for Green Power in Western Australia, with Michael Burton, AU$20,700, 2010.

Research Collaboration Award, University of Western Australia, Who lives on the wrong side of the environmental track? – modeling the distribution of industrial pollution exposure among communities in China, AU$5,000, 2009.

Alcoa Foundation Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship, University of Michigan, Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) and electric utility reforms in China, US$100,000, 2007-2009.

Center for the Applied Studies of Economics and the Environment (CASEE) Research Award, International Rivers Network, Sustainability of World Bank's energy portfolio and UNEP-DDP Compendium, US$5,000, 2006.

Chauncey Starr Fellowship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, doctoral research on China’s economic growth and energy consumption, US$60,000, 2005-2007.

Research Scholarship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US$30,000, 2003-2005.

Teaching Scholarship, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, US$12,000, 2002-2003.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Ecological Economics, PhD, Essays on Chinese Energy Economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sept 2003Aug 2007

Award Date: 3 Aug 2007

Environmental Economics, Values and Policy, MSc., An Integrated Assessment of the Three Gorges Project in China, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Aug 2002May 2003

Award Date: 20 May 2003

Industry keywords

  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Government

Research expertise keywords

  • Energy economics
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Choice modelling
  • Non-market valuation
  • Economics of renewable energy
  • Productivity and efficiency analysis


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