Michael Burton

Associate Professor, BSc Bath, MA PhD Manc.

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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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, increasingly in the marine area . 

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)

Center for Environmental Economics and Policy

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

Research expertise keywords

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


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