Michael Burton

Associate Professor, BSc Bath, MA PhD Manc.

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G021, Agriculture North West Wing, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 1590 Citations
  • 21 h-Index
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Personal profile


Having been brought up on a farm in Buckinghamshire, UK, I had no real interest in agriculture as a career destination. However, a first degree in Economics from Bath University (1981), and the lure of a postgraduate scholarship took me to Manchester University for a Masters in Agricultural Economics. This provided the basis for the type of research that I have followed since: an interest in applied economics within the area of agricultural (and later natural resource) economics, with a strong emphasis on the application of quantitative techniques. A Ph.D., again at Manchester, led me to build a statistical model of the UK agricultural sector but gave the freedom to follow research interests into almost any area, in particular the analysis of food demand. I joined the academic staff in the-then Department of Agricultural Economics at Manchester in 1985, and remained there until I joined Agricultural and Resource Economics at UWA in 1998. The shift in hemispheres has led to a change in focus, but not in approach: I am currently working in the area of quantitative approaches to valuing environmental resources.

Previous positions

1996-1998 Senior Lecturer, School of Economic Studies, University of Manchester

1985-96 Lecturer, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Manchester.

1984-85 Research Associate, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Manchester.

Current projects

Valuation of marine biodiversity (supported by the NERP Marine Biodiversity hub)

Teaching overview

Agricultural policy, Econometrics, Economics for natural resource management


Agricultural policy; Bio-economic modelling; Commodity marketing; Environmental economics and policy; Natural resource economics and management; Non-market valuation; Sustainable resource management; Wildlife management


  • Bioeconomic modelling
  • Choice modelling
  • Consumer demand analysis
  • Environmental economics
  • Non-market valuation
  • Agricultural Economics

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Projects 1999 2021

Research Output 1998 2018

2 Citations

Accounting for Scale Heterogeneity in Healthcare-Related Discrete Choice Experiments when Comparing Stated Preferences: A Systematic Review

Wright, S. J., Vass, C. M., Sim, G., Burton, M., Fiebig, D. G. & Payne, K., Oct 2018, In : Patient. 11, 2, p. 475-488 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Delivery of Health Care
Logistic Models

A socio-economic study on smallholder acacia plantations in Indonesia: factors affecting past and future adoption

Permadi, D. B., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

rural development
1 Citations

Known unknowns: Conservation and research priorities for soft sediment fauna that supports a valuable SCUBA diving industry

De Brauwer, M. & Burton, M., 15 Jun 2018, In : Ocean and Coastal Management. 160, p. 30-37 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

2 Citations

Local community's preferences for accepting a forestry partnership contract to grow pulpwood in Indonesia: A choice experiment study

Permadi, D. B., Burton, M., Pandit, R., Race, D. & Walker, I., 1 Jun 2018, In : Forest Policy and Economics. 91, p. 73-83 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations

Scale Heterogeneity in Healthcare Discrete Choice Experiments: A Primer

Vass, C. M., Wright, S., Burton, M. & Payne, K., 1 Apr 2018, In : Patient. 11, 2, p. 167-173 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Delivery of Health Care
Choice Behavior
Weights and Measures


Environmental and Resource Economics

Ram Pandit & Michael Burton

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