A new centre that recognises the crucial role of research in bringing environmental, economic and social benefits to Australia will be opened tomorrow by The University of Western Australia Professorial Fellow and former WA Premier, Dr Carmen Lawrence.
The Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, in UWA's Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, aims to develop and apply models and decision frameworks that push forward the frontiers of environmental policy design, focusing on scientific outcomes within an economic framework.
Its vision is to improve the management of Australia's environment through research that leads to more appropriate and cost-effective environmental public policy.
CEEP houses a team of researchers who are experts at integrating the disciplines of Physical Sciences, Biology, Social Sciences and Economics, and who work closely with practitioners and Government agencies.
The Centre's research covers issues such as biodiversity conservation, native vegetation, pollution of waterways, environmental pests, climate change and land degradation.
Led by Director, UWA Australian Research Council Federation Fellow Professor David Pannell, the Centre will encourage collaborative and innovative research. Professor Pannell has an outstanding track record of linking research to policy to enhance natural resource management outcomes.
UWA's sponsors in the venture include the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program; the Australian Research Council; and the Federation Fellowships Scheme. Partners and collaborators include water catchment managers and Government agencies from many Western Australian regions and most Australian States.
WHAT: Launch of Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy
WHEN: Wednesday, 8 July, 5pm
WHERE: University Club (nearest carpark off Hackett Entrance One)