Dugald Tinch

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Dugald Tinch

Dugald Tinch

Lecturer in Resource Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics

Room 222, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 1877 (phone)

Dr Dugald Tinch is a lecturer in Resource Economics at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. His recent research has been focussed in the field of ecosystem services, having worked for a number of government departments and NGOs in this field.  He has an expertise on environmental valuation and marine systems. He has recently secured funding relating to Antarctica and Tasmanian tourism.  He is a multidisciplinary researcher who is published in both the economics, policy and ecology literature.


Dugald completed his BA(Hons) in Geography and Economics from the University of Stirling in 1997, his MSc in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of York in 2000 and his PhD in Economic from the University of Stirling in 2009. Before joining UTas in 2014, Dugald was previously employed as part of the Marine Alliance of Science and Technology Scotland (Masts) and the Universities of Stirling and Glasgow.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDUpland Landscapes: Who Wants What, Why do They Want it and Can They Have it AllUniversity of StirlingUnited kingdom2009
MScThe Value of the Decision to Protect: An Analysis With Case Studies From Lingerbay and JabilukaUniversity of YorkUnited Kingdom2000
BA(Hons)An Analysis of Air Pollution in GlasgowUniversity of StrathclydeUnited Kingdom1997

Languages (other than English)

Survival / pub Russian, smattering of Gaelic and French


Committee associations

Coordinator Economics and Finance Seminar Series and internal workshops in Economics. Member of Centre for Marine Socio-ecology


Resource Economics, Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, Ecological Economics, Micro-Economics, Cost-benefit analysis, Macroeconomics, International Trade, Economics of Journalism

Teaching responsibility

Research Appointments

  • Marine Alliance of Science and Technology – focus on research on the economics of marine and coastal environments.  (5 year fully funded research fellow position)
  • University of Stirling – focus on the economics of upland ecosystems.

Research Invitations

  • Tromso University – plus 5 partner institutions in Norway to provide expert advice on choice experimentation.
  • EU – Marnet – collaboration of 8 EU research institutes identifying socio-economic values of marine environments.
  • Natural England, UK Environment agency and others in relation to environmental valuation.

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Resource Economics, Environmental Economics, Energy Economics, Ecological Economics, Cost-benefit analysis, the Economics of Happiness, Behavioural Economics, Psychological Well-being, discrete choice experiments, random utility models.

Research Themes

Whilst Dugald's research overlaps will all of the research themes of the University it most closely aligns with those of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime and Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Dugald's previous research has covered a range of topics from investigation of sustainability at a country level through identification and valuation of Ecosystem Services for the UK for a range of habitat types (as part of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment – a follow on from the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment). He is currently involved in projects relating to the value of the Antarctic to Australia, costal management in Norway and, as part of the Sense-T project, the valuation of environmental quality to tourists to Tasmania.


Marine Alliance of Science and Technology Scotland – all Scottish Universities and Research Institutes within Scotland.

A range of Norwegian Universities and Research Institutes – project looking at the value of marine and coastal environments and investigating the use of deliberative monetary assessment.

Marnet – pan European project, UK, Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain / Basque Country investigating the economic value of the Atlantic Periphary

Centre for Marine Socio- Economics – UTas

Sense-T – UTas


Current projects

Centre for Marine Socioecology


The value of the Antarctic and Southern Oceans to Australia

Fields of Research

  • Environment and Resource Economics (140205)
  • Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience (150606)
  • Tourism Management (150603)
  • Aquaculture (070401)
  • Ecosystem Function (050102)
  • Economic Development and Growth (140202)
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment (070402)
  • Environment Policy (160507)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology (160808)
  • Ecological Economics (149902)
  • Tourism Policy (160513)

Research Objectives

  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (960506)
  • Mountain and High Country Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960810)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments (960504)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Environments (960510)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation (960699)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection (960601)
  • Coastal and Marine Management Policy (960701)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Land and Water Management (960901)
  • Tourism (900399)
  • Tourism Infrastructure Development (900303)
  • Economic Growth (910103)
  • Aquaculture Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) (830102)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Environments (960502)
  • Economic Issues in Tourism (900301)
  • Socio-Cultural Issues in Tourism (900302)
  • Communication (950299)
  • Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production (839899)
  • Management and Productivity (910499)
  • Ecological Economics (919902)
  • Sustainability Indicators (960609)


Total publications


Journal Article

(13 outputs)
2018Aanesen M, Falk-Andersson J, Vondolia G, Borch T, Navrud S, et al., 'Valuing coastal recreation and the visual intrusion from commercial activities in Arctic Norway', Ocean and Coastal Management, 153, (1) pp. 157-167. ISSN 0964-5691 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2017.12.017 [eCite] [Details]


2015Oliver DM, Hanley ND, Neirkerk van M, Kay D, Heathwaite AL, et al., 'Molecular tools for bathing water assessment in Europe: Balancing social science research with a rapidly developing environmental science evidence-base', Ambio, 45, (1) pp. 52-62. ISSN 0044-7447 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13280-015-0698-9 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1


2014Dallimer M, Tinch DR, Hanley N, Irvine KN, Rouquette JR, et al., 'Quantifying Preferences for the Natural World Using Monetary and Nonmonetary Assessments of Value', Conservation Biology, 28, (2) pp. 404-413. ISSN 0888-8892 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12215 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15


2014Foley NS, Corless R, Escapa M, Fahy F, Fernandez-Macho J, et al., 'Developing a Comparative Marine Socio-Economic Framework for the European Atlantic Area', Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, 1 Article 3. ISSN 2373-8456 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.15351/2373-8456.1007 [eCite] [Details]


2014LaRiviere J, Czajkowski M, Hanley N, Aanesen M, Falk-Petersen J, et al., 'The value of familiarity: Effects of knowledge and objective signals on willingness to pay for a public good', Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68, (2) pp. 376-389. ISSN 0095-0696 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2014.07.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 25


2014Tinch DR, Colombo S, Hanley N, 'The impacts of elicitation context on stated preferences for agricultural landscapes', Journal of Agricultural Economics, 66, (1) pp. 87-107. ISSN 0021-857X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1477-9552.12080 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2013Hynes S, Tinch DR, Hanley N, 'Valuing improvements to coastal waters using choice experiments: An application to revisions of the EU Bathing Waters Directive', Marine Policy, 40 pp. 137-144. ISSN 0308-597X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2012.12.035 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 23


2009Dallimer M, Tinch DR, Acs S, Hanley N, Southall H, et al., '100 years of change: examining agricultural trends, habitat change and stakeholder perceptions through the 20th century', Journal of Applied Ecology, 46 pp. 334-343. ISSN 0021-8901 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2009.01619.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 33


2009Hanley N, Tinch DR, Angelopoulos K, Davies A, Barbier E, et al., 'What drives long-run biodiversity change? New insights from combining economics, palaeoecology and environmental history', Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 57, (1) pp. 5-20. ISSN 0095-0696 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jeem.2008.03.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 11


2008Hanley N, Davies A, Angelopoulos A, Hamilton A, Ross A, et al., 'Economic determinants of biodiversity change over a 400 year period in the Scottish Uplands', Journal of Applied Ecology, 45, (6) pp. 1557-1565. ISSN 0021-8901 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2008.01570.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 26


2006Hanley N, Colombo S, Tinch DR, Black A, Aftab A, 'Estimating the benefits of water quality improvements under the Water Framework Directive: are benefits transferable?', European Review of Agricultural Economics, 33, (3) pp. 391-413. ISSN 0165-1587 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/eurrag/jbl019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 65Web of Science - 67


2006Pezzey J, Hanley N, Turner K, Tinch DR, 'Comparing augmented sustainability measures for Scotland: Is there a mismatch?', Ecological Economics, 57, (1) pp. 60-74. ISSN 0921-8009 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2005.03.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 17


2006Tinch R, Tinch DR, 'The Economics of Climate Change', Developments in Economics, 22 ISSN 0951-1407 (2006) [Non Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(4 outputs)
2017Eccleston RG, Hardy A, Tinch DR, 'Case study: Tasmania driving innovation in the visitor economy', Improving service sector productivity: the economic imperative, CEDA, CEDA (ed), Australia, pp. 112-116. ISBN 0858013134 (2017) [Other Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Eccleston RG; Hardy A

2011Tinch DR, Colombo S, Hanley N, 'Decision versus Experiences Utility: An Investigation Using the Choice Experiment Method', The International Handbook On Non-Market Environmental Valuation, Edward Elgar Publishing, Jeff Bennett (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978 1 84844 425 6 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Tinch DR, Hanley N, Dallimer M, Posen P, Acs S, et al., 'Historical Perspectives on the Development of Multifunctional Landscapes: A Case study from the UK Uplands', Multifunctional Rural Land Management: Economics and Policies, Routledge, F Brouwer and M van der Heide (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 978-1-84407-577-5 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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2004Hanley N, Tinch DR, 'Cost Benefit and Climate Change', The Economics of Climate Change, Routledge, A D, Owen and N, Hanley (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 167-174. (2004) [Research Book Chapter]

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Grants & Funding

Dugald's most recent research grant - The Economic Impact of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Sector on the Tasmanian Economy (2015), University of Tasmania: Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive, $7000 - is a scoping study with the aim of establishing a justifiable methodology to properly evaluate the contribution of this sector to the economy of Tasmania.

His Sense-T Sensing Tourist Travel Project will use real-time sensor-generated data to answer key questions about where different cohorts of tourists travel and how they make spontaneous travel decisions. These unprecedented insights into tourists' travel behaviour and decision-making will create value for the tourism industry and the Tasmanian community, and will help to ensure the tourism sector continues to grow.

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Tourist Tracking Technology Phase 2 Development (2017 - 2018)$210,000
Over the summer of 2015-2016 the innovative and ambitious UTAS Tourist Tracking project successfully tracked the movement of 472 tourists within Tasmania for 4-14 days. The goals of the Phase 2 research program are:1.To prove that techniques developed during our pilot study can be adapted to a completely app-based platform (iOS and Android) suitable for use on visitors personal phones. This will be critical for scaling the method and reducing unit cost;2.To develop and prove incentives to recruit a diverse and significant cohort of visitors to the state on a sustainable basis; and3.To develop a dynamic and user friendly industry/government interface to ensure that end user participants have timely access to key data.
Department of State Growth (Tas) ($190,000); Federal Hotels ($20,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hardy A; Aryal J; Eccleston RG; Booth KI; Tinch DR; Wong TL; Robards BJ
2017 - 2018
Sense-T Stage 2: Sensing Tourist Travel ('Tourist tracking project') (2015 - 2016)$499,534
This project will use real-time sensor-generated data to address two significant industry-driven research questions, which are designed to provide unprecedented insights into tourists travel behaviour and decision making. Understanding where different cohorts of tourists travel and how they make spontaneous travel decisions will create value for the industry and the Tasmanian community by:Informing more nuanced and effective marketing strategies;Informing tourism related infrastructure and investment decisions, facilitating industry and employment growth;Informing strategies designed to increase the duration of (and spending during) visits; andEnhancing the tourist experience by providing more timely and relevant travel information.
University of Tasmania ($499,534)
Grant - Institutional
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hardy A; Eccleston RG; Robards BJ; Wong TL; Aryal J; Tinch DR; Booth KI; Hyslop SE
2015 - 2016
The Economic Impact of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Sector on the Tasmanian Economy (2015)$7,000
The project is a scoping study with the aim of establishing a justifiable methodology to properly evaluate the contribution of this sector to the economy of Tasmania.
University of Tasmania ($7,000)
Grant-Cross-Disciplinary Incentive
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Tinch DR; Dungey MH; Haward MG; Press AJ

Research Supervision




PhDUsing Integrated Indicators in a Multi-Objective Linear Programming for Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management2016
PhDMapping Marine Ecosystem Services to the Total Economic Value Framework2016
PhDThe Use of Incentives, Information and Context in the Formulation of Economic Values for the Environment2017
PhDMeasuring Natural Capital at Australian Agricultural Farm2017
PhDRelative Values of the Coastal and Marine Environment: Ecosystem service valuation in multi-use governance contexts2017