Natalie Stoeckl
University of Tasmania

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Professor Natalie Stoeckl

Professor of Economics, College of Business and Economics, University of Tasmania

See Professor Stoeckl’s full research profile here.

Research outputs linked to policy change and decision-making 

  • The value of Australia’s biosecurity system (project 170713, Centre for Biosecurity Risk and Analysis, University of Melbourne). Project leader: Tom Kompass. Role: to develop the valuation framework and compile data on ‘values at risk’.  Report in review with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE). The research team developed a method of comparing whole-of-landscape values with and without biosecurity measures – the difference quantifying the value of biosecurity measures. For each of Australia’s mainland natural resource management (NRM) bodies, Professor Stoeckl generated spatially explicit value estimates for 13 different ecosystem services and 3 other assets (relating to companion animals and physical infrastructure). Other team members developed a spatio-dynamic simulation model to show how those values would be impacted by different pests and diseases given the probability of incursions with and without particular biosecurity measures. The model provides empirically relevant estimates for Biosecurity Australia. The spatially explicit values can also be combined with other threat and mitigation models, providing potentially useful information to decision makers (at NRM, state and federal levels) in numerous other policy settings.
  • Multiple benefits of Indigenous land and sea management programs (ILSMPs). Project role: leader. ILSMPs are often intended to generate environmental, cultural and socio-economic benefits.  This project focused on their diverse and complex socio-economic benefits, confirming their significance and identifying design characteristics that enhance different benefits. Findings are helping Indigenous communities and policy-makers to design ILSMPs. Insights have been picked up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the research team was subsequently invited by DAWE to co-develop a project (now underway) focused on Indigenous connections to country to inform the United Nations System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA).
  • Socio-economic systems and reef resilience. Project role: leader. The project team collected and analysed socio-economic data relevant to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), exploring the interaction between economic and biophysical variables. They highlighted the diverse ways in which residents and tourists benefit from and are affected by changes in the GBR World Heritage area. Findings were regularly communicated to key decision-makers in DAWE, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and to tourism bodies in a variety of forums and genres. Professor Stoeckl was subsequently invited to join the independent expert panel (IEP) for the Reef 2050 Plan – using insights to inform advice in support of policy-makers. She was also subsequently asked to join the Qld sustainable fisheries expert panel and to use insights from that project and elsewhere to estimate potential economic benefits (to 10 different ‘values’) of interventions to improve reef resilience. A handful of those interventions are now under further investigation.
  • projects for the Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub (NAERH) of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP): Multiple benefits of Indigenous land and sea management programs, Research priorities for Indigenous Protected Areas across northern Australia, Review of models, frameworks and decision support tools for northern Australia and Valuing Indigenous cultural connections.

Highest qualification

  • 2000: PhD (economics), Australian National University.

Roles on government or regional organisation committees and non-government groups

  • 2019–present: Qld sustainable fisheries expert panel
  • 2015–2019: IEP for the Reef 2050 Plan
  • 2008–2011: scientific advisory committee for the Wet Tropics Management Authority
  • 2014–2019: research executive committee, NESP NAERH
  • 2015–2016: scientific advisory committee, NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub
  • key researcher in the NESP NAERH and in the Northern Australia Hub of the National Environmental Research Programme.

My Projects

Current projectCompleted project
NESP RLH, 2021-2027NESP, 2015-2021NERP, 2012-2015TRaCK, 2005-present