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

    6009 Perth


  • 163 Citations
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Personal profile


I graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Science (with Honours) in 2004. I worked for 3 years for the Department of Planning, in the coastal planning team, before returning to UWA to undertake a PhD in environmental economics. After completing my doctorate in 2011 I have specialised in developing decision tools for natural hazard mitigation and environmental management, non-market valuation of environmental resources and adoption of agricultural management practices. I am based in the northern agricultural region, with strong links to the farming community.

Roles and responsibilities

My current position is Research Fellow, on projects funded by the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre and ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.

Future research

I am keenly interested in valuing agricultural extension and understanding the adoption drivers for agricultural research.

I have a number of projects suitable for Honours research students and research scholarships may be available for talented students.

Funding overview

Florec, V, Hailu, A, Pannell, D, Rogers, A, Gibson, F 2017, 'Economics of natural hazards (2017-20)', Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. $545,000.

Burton, M, Rogers, A, Gibson, F 2015, 'MB Hub - Project B1 - Road testing decision support tools via case study applications', University of Tasmania ex National Environmental Science Program NESP. $49,000.

Ansell, D, Gibson, F and Salt, D 2014, ‘Improving return on investment in agri-environmental schemes’, ARC Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions and NERP Environmental Decisions Hub Student/Post-doctoral Working Groups & Workshop Grant. $19,600.

Gibson, F and Rogers, A 2013, ‘Decision science: explaining successes and missed opportunities for use in conservation policy’, ARC Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions and NERP Environmental Decisions Hub Student/Post-doctoral Working Groups & Workshop Grant. $15,423.

Previous positions

President and Councillor, WA Branch, Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society


My research aim is to provide better advice to decision makers on effective policy design, adoption and the factors driving community values of such policies. Currently I’m working on:
Identifying and estimating the value of health, social and environmental impacts from natural disasters.
Modelling trade-offs between environmental, social and economic outcomes from fire management strategies.
Estimating the value to farmers from agricultural extension.
Understanding how decision makers use research to design agri-environment policy and the design features of successful agri-environment schemes.

External positions

GRDC Western Panel, Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)

1 Sep 2017 → …

Environment Committee, Mingenew Irwin Group, Mingenew Irwin Group

Board Member, Mingenew Midwest Expo


  • Non-market valuation
  • Environmental economics
  • Natural resource management
  • Natural resource economics
  • Environmental policy
  • Water source valuation
  • Fire risk management
  • Ecological economics
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Decision tools
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Community environmental attitudes
  • Agricultural policy

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Research Output 2011 2019

Valuing non-market economic impacts from natural hazards

Rogers, A. A., Dempster, F. L., Hawkins, J. I., Johnston, R. J., Boxall, P. C., Rolfe, J., Kragt, M. E., Burton, M. P. & Pannell, D. J., 22 Aug 2019, In : Natural Hazards.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
natural hazard
economic impact

Public willingness to pay for carbon farming and its co-benefits (vol 126, pg 125, 2016)

Kragt, M. E., Gibson, F. L., Maseyk, F. & Wilson, K. A., Jul 2018, In : Ecological Economics. 149, p. 306-306 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

11 Citations (Scopus)
253 Downloads (Pure)

Factors influencing the use of decision support tools in the development and design of conservation policy

Gibson, F. L., Rogers, A. A., Smith, A. D. M., Roberts, A., Possingham, H., McCarthy, M. & Pannell, D. J., 1 Apr 2017, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 70, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
qualitative analysis
conservation policy
20 Citations (Scopus)
212 Downloads (Pure)

How economics can further the success of ecological restoration

Iftekhar, M. S., Polyakov, M., Ansell, D., Gibson, F. & Kay, G. M., 1 Apr 2017, In : Conservation Biology. 31, 2, p. 261-268 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

ecological restoration
market prices
4 Citations (Scopus)
agricultural economics
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