Plenary and invited speakers


Professor Ed Barbier, Colorado State University

Edward B. Barbier is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics, Colorado State University and a Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. He previously held positions at the University of Wyoming, the University of York and the International Institute of Environment and Development. Professor Barbier’s primary expertise is natural resource and development economics as well as the interface between economics and ecology. He has served as a consultant and policy analyst for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organisations, the OECD and the World Bank. Professor Barbier is on the editorial boards of several leading economics and natural science journals. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, written or edited 24 books, and published in popular journals and media. He is a highly cited scholar on global environmental and sustainability issues. Professor Barbier was elected as a 2015 Fellow of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.


Professor Michael Hanemann, University of Berkeley and ASU

Michael Hanemann is a Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University and the director of the Center of Environmental Economics and Sustainability Policy at ASU. Prior to ASU, he was a Chancellor's professor and professor of environmental and resource economics in the Department of Agricultural and Resources Economics at the University of California-Berkeley, where he served from 1968-2011. Currently, he is a Professor of the Graduate School and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California at Berkeley. Professor Hanemann is an environmental economist who works in the areas of water economics and policy, climate change and non-market valuation. He earned a B.A. from Oxford University in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, an M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University. Professor Hanemann is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.


Professor Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois

Madhu Khanna is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on environmental policy analysis and incentives for the adoption of environmentally friendly technologies. Professor Khanna examines the effectiveness of voluntary environmental initiatives by corporations and information disclosure for reducing toxic releases. She also analyses the design and targeting of agro-environmental policies. Her research has been funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, US Department of Energy, and the Illinois Council on Food and Agricultural Research.


Professor Matin Qaim, University of Goettingen

Matin Qaim is a Professor of International Food Economics and Rural Development at the University of Goettingen, Germany. Before, he had research and teaching positions at the Universities of Hohenheim, Bonn, Kiel, and California at Berkeley. He holds a doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Bonn. His main research areas relate to the economics of food security, malnutrition, and sustainable food systems. He has research experience in numerous countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Professor Qaim has published widely in disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals and has received several academic prizes. He serves on different scientific and policy advisory committees, including for the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition. Professor Qaim is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.


Professor Céline Nauges, Toulouse School of Economics

Céline Nauges is a Research Director at the French Institute for Research in Agriculture (INRA) and member of the TSE Environmental Economics and Natural Resources thematic group. She holds PhD from the University of Toulouse I. Her primary research interest is on applied micro-econometrics aimed at informing economic policies for the management of natural resources, with a particular focus on water, both in developed and developing countries. In the agricultural sector, Professor Nauges studied farmers’ decision making in areas where irrigation water can be a limiting input, developing models which accommodate production risk and technological innovation. As a recipient of ARC Future Fellowships, she studied Australian water markets. She has performed several ex-post analyses of environmental and agricultural policies in various countries. She has published a number of research articles in national and international journals. Professor Nauges served as a water sector expert for various institutions including the OECD, Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank.


Associate Professor Marit E. Kragt

Marit is an Associate Professor and an ARC Early Career Research Fellow in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia School of Agriculture and Environment. She has an interdisciplinary background in Environmental Science and Environmental Economics. Marit completed her PhD at the Australian National University, after which she started her current position at the University of Western Australia. Marit’s research has focused on the adoption of environmental management practices in rural regions, in particular, agricultural climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation. Marit is a widely-published expert in interdisciplinary research, cost-benefit analysis, and non-market economic valuation. As an ARC DECRA Fellow, her research focuses on the costs and benefits of alternative mine site rehabilitation strategies. Recent research projects include understanding what drives farmers to adopt carbon farming practices, establishing crowdfunding approaches to fund climate change mitigation, and developing successful approaches to mine rehabilitation. Marit has authored over 60 peer-reviewed academic publications (H-index 15), has supervised 15 Postgraduate students to completion, and has attracted nearly $5.5 million in research funding.