David Pannell

Professor, BSc(Agric) BEc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G004, Agriculture North West Wing, Crawley campus

    6009 Perth


  • 4509 Citations
  • 34 h-Index
1992 …2022
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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

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)
International Fieldwork in Agribusiness (AGRI2299)
Environmental Policy and Planning (GEOG3303)


  • 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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Research Output 1992 2019

Adoption of agricultural management for Great Barrier Reef water quality improvement in heterogeneous farming communities

van Grieken, M. E., Roebeling, P. C., Bohnet, I. C., Whitten, S. M., Webster, A. J., Poggio, M. & Pannell, D., 1 Mar 2019, In : Agricultural Systems. 170, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

agricultural management
Great Barrier Reef
farming systems
water quality
coastal water
Environmental impact
environmental impact
Solar system
Climate Change
pollution control
farming systems
climate change

Concurrent assessment of epidemiological and operational uncertainties for optimal outbreak control: Ebola as a case study

Li, S-L., Ferrari, M. J., Bjornstad, O. N., Runge, M. C., Fonnesbeck, C. J., Tildesley, M. J., Pannell, D. & Shea, K., 19 Jun 2019, In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences. 286, 1905, 10 p., 20190774.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Conservation opportunities on uncontested lands

Xie, Z., Game, E. T., Hobbs, R. J., Pannell, D. J., Phinn, S. R. & McDonald-Madden, E., 9 Dec 2019, In : Nature Sustainability. 3, p. 9-15

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Cost-Benefit Analysis

Projects 1995 2022