Andrew Buckwell

Andrew is a Research Fellow at Griffith Business School with experience as an applied environmental economist focussed on micro-economic valuation and community preferences for natural resource use.

Andrew has experience in field research design, execution and analysis, and consulting – specialising in social benefit cost and policy analysis. I also teaching experience at under-graduate and Masters level students.

Currently, he is deployed as a research environmental economist on two global, multi-disciplinary projects: Pacific EcoAdapt, which is a five year project engaged in the identifying and valuing appropriate ecosystem-based adaptions to climate change, mainly focussed on Vanuatu; and a global primary forests preservation project, which has a focus on researching community livelihoods and addressing gaps in forest protection, with case studies in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Melanesia.

In the past, Andrew have contributed to a project that revealed cane farmers’ attitudes towards innovative market approaches, such as water quality credits, and willingness to accept compensation for changes in land-use and farming practice in GBR catchments and to the Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy for Whitsunday Regional Council.

Griffith University opened its doors over 40 years ago, we’ve been deeply connected to the Asian region, socially conscious and environmentally aware, an integral part of the community and heavily industry focused. We’ve also become a comprehensive, research-intensive university, ranking in the top 2% of universities worldwide. More about Griffith University.
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Andrew's project publications

Carrying Q method in the DRC

Assessing community readiness for REDD+ projects in the DRC

Payment for ecosystem service (PES) schemes are programmes that compensate forest communities for refraining from undertaking extractive uses, such as mining, intensive logging, and clearing. PES schemes can be important policy tools in meeting climate targets but effective deployment demands an understanding of local deforestation drivers and host communities’ preferences.
Beech Tree

Policy brief: The economic value of the world’s forests

Our planet’s forests provide many benefits to society’s continued well-being yet are subjected to ongoing loss and degradation. These activities provide financial benefits but unless we understand the value of what is lost when the forests are cleared and degraded, we will not be able to make informed decisions about their use and management.
Rainforest canopy

How much is that forest worth? The economic value of global forest ecosystems

The number of studies on valuation of forest ecosystem services is increasing over time, but limited in covering important regions and forest types. The values are diverse in nature for different forest features and ecological zones. The economic value is greatest when the ecosystem services are considered together, instead of when individual extractive uses are used in insolation.
Sunlight through forests

Economic values of the world’s forest ecosystem services

Economic studies published between 1990 and 2018 from primary forests around the world were reviewed to create a database of forest values. This database represents a 'meta-analysis' of the economic values of global forest ecosystem services in a readily comparable measure.
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Regenerative forest economies: Micro-economics perspectives

The micro-economics teams from Griffith University and Woods Hole Climate Research Center introduce how environmental economics can play a role in demonstrating - or quantifying (often in dollar terms) many forest values - and economics can also play a role in designing schemes that can help forest communities begin to capture the benefits provided by conservation efforts.