Natalie Stoeckl

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Natalie Stoeckl

Associate Dean (Research) – College of Business and Economics

Room 113 , Centenary Building

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Professor Natalie Stoeckl is the Associate Dean of Research in the College of Business and Economics.

Trained as an economist, Natalie has an established track record of collaborative research that is both cross-disciplinary and cross institutional. Her research focuses primarily on economic aspects of sustainable development and of environmental/natural resource management in regional areas and within remote Indigenous communities. She has a deep respect for different knowledges and ‘ways of knowing’ – irrespective of whether knowledge is gained through formal western education systems, traditional knowledge systems (including, but not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island knowledge systems) and/or through lived experience. Noting that bigger is not always better, and that ‘cheap’ can be quite ‘nasty’,

Natalie’s research is motivated by a desire to find ways of helping people, businesses, communities and regions capitalise on opportunities to promote genuinely sustainable development.


Natalie joined the University of Tasmania in late 2019 – bringing with her almost three decades of experience in research and academia. Her professional career began in 1990 when she started work as a full-time tutor at James Cook University (JCU) in Townsville while studying (part-time) for her Masters.

She accepted her first lecturing job at the University of Canberra in 1992; simultaneously undertaking her PhD (part-time) at the Australian National University. She worked with CSIRO’s Sustainable Ecosystems Division in Townsville from 2000 to 2003, then joined the School of Business at James Cook University (JCU). She worked there for almost 15 years in various roles including senior lecturer, associate professor, Head of Economics, Professor of Economics and Tropical (Research) Leader.

She then spent several years as an independent researcher/consultant (collaborating on large projects with other researchers at JCU and in the Centre for Excellence in Biosecurity Risk and Analysis at the University of Melbourne and the Australian Institute of Marine Science) before moving to Hobart to join UTAS.

Career summary



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Australian National University





James Cook University





Australian National University



Administrative expertise

Natalie has been involved in almost 40 separate research projects; 18 as principal/chief investigator with associated managerial and administrative responsibilities. She has also had two terms as Head of Economics while at JCU’s school of business and has been one of the lead researchers for two large multi-institutional research programs:

  • The Northern Australian Hub of the National Environmental Research Program (led by Michael Douglas, from CDU) (2011 – 2014);
  • The Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub of the National Environmental Science Program (led by Michael Douglas, from CDU), (2014 +)

Research Appointments

Natalie has served on a range of advisory boards at the regional, state, national and international levels including:

  • Member of the QLD Sustainable Fisheries Expert Panel (June 2019 +)
  • Member of the Independent Expert Panel, Reef 2050 Plan (June 2015 – June 2019)
  • Member of the Research Executive Committee, Northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Science Program, (2014-2019)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Tropical Water Quality Hub of the National Environmental Science Program, (2015 - 2016)
  • Member of the Science and Innovation Advisory Council, for the (QLD) Department of Science, Information technology, Innovation and the Arts (2014)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee for the Wet Tropics Management Authority (2008-2011)
  • Member of review panel for the NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Freshwater Multi-contract Review and Future Focus Process (2013)

Reviewer for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

View more on Professor Natalie Stoeckl in WARP


  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Non market valuation, Welfare Economics and Wellbeing
  • Natural resource management
  • Ecological Economics
  • Regional, Remote and Indigenous economies

Research Themes

Natalie’s research aligns with two of the University’s research themes: Environment, Resources and Sustainability; and Marine, Antarctic and Maritime. She focuses on environmental and social/distributional issues associated with economic development in both terrestrial or marine environments. Working collaboratively with others, she often uses models that combine economic, environmental and social variables to explore interactions between socio-economic and ecological systems. She is particularly interested in research that further develops methods to better account for non-priced goods and services (for inclusion in models, or acknowledgement elsewhere).

Her ultimate aim is to prevent decision-makers from unintentionally prioritising actions that generate the most easily quantified benefits (often dollars); instead she strives to provide information that supports decision-makers to prioritise actions that generate most benefits per se (dollars and beyond). She has used a wide variety of well-known static, partial equilibrium valuation methods – although most struggle to assess value at large geographic scale (e.g. for entire ecosystems) or to assess complex intangible ‘values’, so much of her work strives to find new and better ways of doing things. She strives to integrate insights and methods from multiple disciplines in new and innovative ways to better allow for different social, spatial and temporal scales and for interactions between and within human and ecological systems.

She sees much further potential in research that continues to push methodological boundaries, finding rigorous ways to better integrate insights from a broad group of specialists including, but not limited to those trained in ‘western science’ who have a variety of highly relevant skills.


Since completing her PhD in 2000, Natalie has worked on dozens of research projects (almost all of which were externally funded), leading 18. More than 90% of those projects were multi-disciplinary with numerous contributors from varied backgrounds: students, research assistants, early mid and established career researchers, administrative assistants, science communicators and cultural brokers. She has published with more than 145 other co-authors from different disciplines and institutions world-wide. Most of her collaborations have involve researchers, individuals or institutions/organisations with an interest in natural-resource management &/o in socio-economic inequities (e.g. the social and economic disadvantage of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders).

Current projects

Fields of Research

  • Environment and resource economics (380105)
  • Ecological economics (389902)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Other economics (389999)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Wildlife and habitat management (410407)
  • Economic development policy (440703)
  • Tourism economics (380116)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Impacts of tourism (350801)
  • Cultural studies (470299)
  • Zoology (310999)
  • History of economic thought (380301)
  • Urban sociology and community studies (441016)
  • Agricultural economics (380101)
  • Environmental management (410499)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Social change (441004)
  • Resource geoscience (370508)
  • Industry economics and industrial organisation (380109)
  • Transportation, logistics and supply chains (350999)
  • Exploration geochemistry (370301)
  • Welfare economics (380119)
  • Stochastic analysis and modelling (490510)

Research Objectives

  • Ecological economics (159902)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Economic issues in tourism (110401)
  • Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems (180403)
  • Other economic framework (159999)
  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Economic growth (150203)
  • Other plant production and plant primary products (269999)
  • Preference, behaviour and welfare (150509)
  • Fisheries - wild caught (100399)
  • Fisheries - recreational freshwater (100301)
  • Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use (180603)
  • Climate change models (190501)
  • Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture (210407)
  • Structure, delivery and resourcing (230113)
  • Market-based mechanisms (150506)
  • Communication (130299)
  • Community services (230199)
  • Copper ore exploration (250302)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Technological and organisational innovation (150306)
  • Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
  • Wind energy (170808)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Precious (noble) metal ore exploration (250305)
  • Mining and extraction of copper ores (250402)


Natalie has an established track record of collaborative research that is both cross-disciplinary and cross institutional – focusing primarily on economic aspects of sustainable development and of environmental/natural resource management in regional areas and within remote Indigenous communities. She has more than 155 career publications, including: 82 refereed journal articles, 13 book chapters 17 refereed conference papers and 30 technical reports.

Total publications


Journal Article

(35 outputs)
2021Costanza R, Kubiszewski I, Stoeckl N, Kompas T, 'Pluralistic discounting recognising different capital contributions: an example estimating the net present value of global ecosystem services', Ecological Economics ISSN 0921-8009 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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2021Larson S, Stoeckl N, Fachry ME, Dalvi Mustafa M, Lapong I, et al., 'Women's well-being and household benefits from seaweed farming in Indonesia', Aquaculture, 530 Article 735711. ISSN 0044-8486 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquaculture.2020.735711 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


2020Larson S, Stoeckl N, Jarvis D, Addison J, Grainger D, et al., 'Indigenous land and sea management programs (ILSMPs) enhance the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, (125) pp. 1-15. ISSN 1661-7827 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17010125 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 5


2020Stoeckl NE, 'The learning generated through Indigenous natural resources management programs increases quality of life for Indigenous people - improving numerous contributors to wellbeing', Ecological Economics ISSN 1873-6106 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106899 [eCite] [Details]


2019Addison J, Stoeckl N, Larson S, Jarvis D, Esparon M, 'The ability of community based natural resource management to contribute to development as freedom and the role of access', World Development, 120 pp. 91-104. ISSN 0305-750X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2019.04.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5


2019Fernandez CJ, Stoeckl N, Welters R, 'The cost of doing nothing in the face of climate change: a case study, using the life satisfaction approach to value the tangible and intangible costs of flooding in the Philippines', Climate and Development, 11, (9) pp. 825-838. ISSN 1756-5529 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2019.1579697 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 4


2019Grainger D, Stoeckl N, 'The importance of social learning for non-market valuation', Ecological Economics, 164 pp. 1-9. ISSN 0921-8009 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2019.05.019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4


2019Larson S, Stoeckl N, Jarvis D, Addison J, Prior S, et al., 'Using measures of wellbeing for impact evaluation: Proof of concept developed with an Indigenous community undertaking land management programs in northern Australia', Ambio, 48, (1) pp. 89-98. ISSN 0044-7447 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13280-018-1058-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 9


2019Li Q, Stoeckl N, King D, 'Using the life-satisfaction approach to quantify the complex inter-related impacts of coal mining on host communities: A case study in Shanxi, China', Resources Policy, 62 pp. 305-316. ISSN 0301-4207 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2019.03.021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2019Sangha KK, Stoeckl N, Crossman N, Costanza R, 'A state-wide economic assessment of coastal and marine ecosystem services to inform sustainable development policies in the Northern Territory, Australia', Marine Policy, 107 pp. 1-10. ISSN 0308-597X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2019.103595 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3


2018Delisle A, Kiatkoski Kim M, Stoeckl N, Watkin Lui F, Marsh H, 'The socio-cultural benefits and costs of the traditional hunting of dugongs Dugong dugon and green turtles Chelonia mydas in Torres Strait, Australia', Oryx, 52, (2) pp. 250-261. ISSN 0030-6053 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0030605317001466 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6


2018Esparon M, Farr M, Larson S, Stoeckl N, 'Social values and growth and their implications for ecosystem services in the long-run', Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 24, (3) pp. 327-346. ISSN 1324-0935 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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2018Farr M, Stoeckl N, 'Overoptimism and the undervaluation of ecosystem services: a case-study of recreational fishing in Townsville, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef', Ecosystem Services: science, policy and pratice, 31, (Part C) pp. 433-444. ISSN 2212-0416 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2018.02.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2018Jarvis D, Stoeckl N, Addison J, Larson S, Hill R, et al., 'Are Indigenous land and sea management programs a pathway to Indigenous economic independence?', Rangeland Journal, 40, (4) pp. 415-429. ISSN 1036-9872 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/RJ18051 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8


2018Jarvis D, Stoeckl N, Hill R, Pert P, 'Indigenous land and sea management programs: Can they promote regional development and help 'close the (income) gap'?', Australian Journal of Social Issues, 53, (3) pp. 283-303. ISSN 0157-6321 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ajs4.44 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7


2018Li Q, Stoeckl N, King D, Gyuris E, 'Using Both Objective and Subjective Indicators to Investigate the Impacts of Coal Mining on Wellbeing of Host Communities: A Case-Study in Shanxi Province, China', Social Indicators Research, 137, (3) pp. 895-921. ISSN 0303-8300 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11205-017-1624-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4


2018Stoeckl N, Hicks C, Farr M, Grainger D, Esparon M, et al., 'The Crowding Out of Complex Social Goods', Ecological Economics, 144 pp. 65-72. ISSN 0921-8009 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2017.07.021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12


2018Wei F, Costanza R, Dai Q, Stoeckl N, Gu X, et al., 'The Value of Ecosystem Services from Giant Panda Reserves', Current Biology, 28, (13) pp. 2174-2180.e7. ISSN 0960-9822 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.05.046 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 24


2017Diedrich A, Stoeckl N, Gurney GG, Esparon M, Pollnac R, 'Social capital as a key determinant of perceived benefits of community-based marine protected areas', Conservation Biology, 31, (2) pp. 311-321. ISSN 0888-8892 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12808 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 19


2017Jarvis D, Stoeckl N, Liu H-B, 'New methods for valuing, and for identifying spatial variations, in cultural services: a case study of the Great Barrier Reef', Ecosystem Services, 24 pp. 58-67. ISSN 2212-0416 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.02.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2017Li Q, Stoeckl N, King D, Gyuris E, 'Exploring the impacts of coal mining on host communities in Shanxi, China - using subjective data', Resources Policy, 53 pp. 125-134. ISSN 0301-4207 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2017.03.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6


2016Barnett A, Abrantes KG, Baker R, Diedrich AS, Farr M, et al., 'Sportfisheries, conservation and sustainable livelihoods: a multidisciplinary guide to developing best practice', Fish and Fisheries, 17 pp. 696-713. ISSN 1467-2960 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/faf.12140 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 25


2016Chacon A, Stoeckl N, Jarvis D, Pressey R, 'Using insights about key factors impacting 'quality of life' to inform effective on-farm conservation programs: a case study in Northern Australia', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 23, (4) pp. 338-355. ISSN 1448-6563 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14486563.2016.1251345 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2016Chaiechi T, Stoeckl N, Jarvis D, Lewis S, Brodie J, 'Assessing the impact of price changes and extreme climatic events on sediment loads in a large river catchment near the Great Barrier Reef', Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 60, (3) pp. 386-405. ISSN 1364-985X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1467-8489.12140 [eCite] [Details]


2016Farr M, Stoeckl N, Esparon M, Larson S, Jarvis D, 'The importance of water clarity to Great Barrier Reef tourists and their willingness to pay to improve it', Tourism Economics, 22, (2) pp. 331-352. ISSN 1354-8166 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5367/te.2014.0426 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 11


2016Jarvis D, Stoeckl N, Liu H-B, 'The impact of economic, social and environmental factors on trip satisfaction and the likelihood of visitors returning', Tourism Management, 52 pp. 1-18. ISSN 0261-5177 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2015.06.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 53


2016Lui FW, Kim MK, Delisle A, Stoeckl N, Marsh H, 'Setting the Table: Indigenous Engagement on Environmental Issues in a Politicized Context', Society and Natural Resources, 29, (11) pp. 1263-1279. ISSN 0894-1920 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2016.1150541 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 5


2016Lui FW, Stoeckl N, Delisle A, Kim MK, Marsh H, 'Motivations for sharing bushmeat with an urban diaspora in indigenous Australia', Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21, (4) pp. 345-360. ISSN 1087-1209 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/10871209.2016.1158334 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10


2016Mustika PLK, Stoeckl N, Farr M, 'The potential implications of environmental deterioration for business and non-business visitor expenditures in a natural setting: a case study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef', Tourism Economics, 22, (3) pp. 484-504. ISSN 1354-8166 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5367/te.2014.0433 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4


2016Tran LT, Stoeckl N, Esparon M, Jarvis D, 'If climate change means more intense and more frequent drought, what will that mean for agricultural production? A case study in Northern Australia', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 23, (3) pp. 281-297. ISSN 1448-6563 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/14486563.2016.1152202 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2015Boss M, Pressey RL, Stoeckl N, 'Marine conservation finance: the need for and scope of an emerging field', Ocean and Coastal Management, 114 pp. 116-128. ISSN 0964-5691 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.06.021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 17


2015Esparon M, Stoeckl N, Farr M, Larson S, 'The significance of environmental values for destination competitiveness and sustainable tourism strategy making: insights from Australia's Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area', Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 23, (5) pp. 706-725. ISSN 0966-9582 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09669582.2014.998678 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 22


2015Hicks CC, Cinner JE, Stoeckl N, McClanahan TR, 'Linking ecosystem services and human-values theory', Conservation Biology, 29, (5) pp. 1471-1480. ISSN 0888-8892 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12550 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 44Web of Science - 44


2015Larson S, Stoeckl N, Farr M, Esparon M, 'The role the Great Barrier Reef plays in resident wellbeing and implications for its management', Ambio, 44, (3) pp. 166-177. ISSN 0044-7447 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s13280-014-0554-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 14


2015Stoeckl N, Chaiechi T, Farr M, Jarvis D, Alvarez-Romero JG, et al., 'Co-benefits and trade-offs between agriculture and conservation: a case study in Northern Australia', Biological Conservation, 191 pp. 478-494. ISSN 0006-3207 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2015.07.032 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2018Stoeckl N, Larson S, Thomas J, Hicks J, Hicks C, et al., 'Socioeconomic impacts of changes to marine fisheries and aquaculture that are brought about through climate change', Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture: A Global Analysis, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., BF Phillips and M Perez-Ramirez (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 925-958. ISBN 978-1-119-15407-5 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1002/9781119154051.ch28 [eCite] [Details]


Grants & Funding

Over the last 20 years, Natalie has been involved in dozens of research projects attracting > $5.9m in external grants (» $4.2m category 1)

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



The Tasmania Project: Wellbeing (2020)$18,093
Design and delivery of a survey aligned to the OECDs Better Life Index identifying what matters to Tasmanians and how satisfied they are with each measure in their own lives, as a platform for future policy development.
Department of Treasury and Finance ($18,093)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lester EA; Stoeckl NE; Tranter BK; Banham RT; Pisanu N; Horton EM
Economic Assessment of Blue Economy (2020)$49,396
The blue economy concept varies substantially across studies and countries. There exist different approaches to planning and evaluating blue economy. This study reviews and develops economic assessment frameworks for Sustainable BE Developments (RP5). A systematic review will be conducted to draw upon the knowledge and experience across countries/regions. Based on this, economic assessment frameworks, including national economic accounting, input-output tables, computer general equilibrium, stated, revealed and deliberative monetary valuation approaches and ecosystem service value and natural capital accounting frameworks will be developed for both market and non-market goods and services.
Blue Economy CRC Co ($49,396)
Scoping Study Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nguyen H-O; Pham T; Tinch DR; Ogier EM; Stoeckl NE; Hatton MacDonald DA
Knowledge Integration for Torres Strait Sustainability (2019 - 2021)$387,811
ARC ($387,811)
Discovery Indigenous
Administered By
James Cook University
Research Team
Watkins F; Lockie S; Stoeckl NE; Shibasaki S; Hunter C
2019 - 2021
Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub - Synthesis Project - Kakadu Cultural Connections (2019)$90,000
Department of the Environment and Energy ($90,000)
National Environmental Science Programme (NESP)
Administered By
James Cook University
Research Team
Jarvis D; Stoeckl NE; Grainger D; Douglas M
Research Enhancement Program (REP) 2019 - COBE (2019)$40,000
Internal funding
University of Tasmania ($40,000)
Grant-Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Stoeckl NE

Research Supervision

Natalie has supervised many research students to completion including: 14 PhDs, 2 Masters-by-research and 21 honours students. Most of her students have been multi-disciplinary, focusing on issues relevant to the social, environment and/or economic impacts of change or ‘development’ in regional and remote areas. Student projects have employed a range of research methods and tools involving interview and questionnaire design, data collection, qualitative and statistical analysis of primary and secondary data, and the development of conceptual and quantitative simulation models.




PhDA Systematic Review Approach to Identifying Factors Affecting the Success of Patient Focus Booking2020