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Personal profile


David Pannell is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia; Director, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy; ARC Federation Fellow (2007-2012); Distinguished Fellow and past president of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society; Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; and a Director of Natural Decisions Pty Ltd. He was a Director on the Board of Land and Water Australia 2002-05. His research includes the economics of land and water conservation; environmental policy; farmer adoption of new practices; risk; and economics of farming systems. His research has been published in seven books and 200 journal articles and book chapters, and has been recognised with awards from the USA, Australia, Canada and the UK, including the 2009 ARC Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Research. He collaborates with a wide variety of environmental and natural resource management organisations to help them improve their planning and prioritisation.

Roles and responsibilities

Co-Director, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy


Environmental, resource and agricultural economics
Management of natural resources and the environment
Environmental policy
Adoption and diffusion of innovations
Bioeconomic modelling
Risk and uncertainty
Evaluation and prioritisation of research
Mathematical programming techniques
Economics of interated weed management
Dryland salinity

Current projects

Teaching overview

Environmental Economics 1 (ECON1120)
International Agriculture: Research and Development (AGRI5545)
Applied Benefit: Cost Analysis (SCIEM501)

Guest lecturer in:
Decision Strategies for Biodiversity Conservation (ENVT5513)
The Darwinian Revolution (ANIM1001)
Global Climate Change and Biodiversity (ENVT2221)

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 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Director, Natural Decisions Pty Ltd

1 Jul 2013 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental policy
  • Natural resource economics
  • Natural resource management
  • Ecological economics
  • Adoption of agricultural innovations
  • Bioeconomic modelling
  • Economics of threatened species management
  • Economics of bushfires and natural hazards
  • Dryland salinity economics and policy
  • Risk management
  • Sustainable farming systems
  • Farming system economics
  • Economics of weed management
  • Agricultural economics


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