Elite Research Scholarships

Modelling fisher behaviour in bio-economic models

Modelling fisher behaviour in bio-economic models

The use of bio-economic models which incorporate spatially explicit models of fisher behaviour has become increasingly popular as a way of assessing fisheries management policies.  Fisher behaviour in these models is generally explained by a limited range of economic drivers.  Evidence suggests, however, that fisher behaviour is motivated by a broad range of economic, social, cultural and psychological factors.  There is a need for the development of theoretically consistent and empirically practical approaches to capturing economic, social, cultural and psychological drivers in models of fisher behaviour, particularly as this relates to the spatial and temporal allocation of fishing effort, entry/exit decisions, investment and compliance.  This project will contribute to the research agenda in this area by exploring different methodological approaches and through the development of a case study component.

This research project is part of the FRDC Building Capability in Fisheries Economics Graduate Research Training program. Candidates enrolled under this initiative will have access to a broad range of internationally recognized fisheries economics expertise and to specialized fisheries economics courses.  Prospective candidates may submit alternative research proposals. Approved research projects must fall within one of the FRDC Graduate Research Training Themes and be approved by the Steering Committee.

More Information: School of Economics and Finance
Contact: Dr Sarah Jennings
Sarah.Jennings@utas.edu.au
Phone: +613 6226 2828