Chris Fleming

Chris is a Professor of Economics and Dean (Research) at the Griffith Business School. He teaches, researches, consults and provides public policy advice on the economic determinants of well-being and the sustainable management of the world around us.

As an applied micro-economist, Chris's research and consulting interests include natural resource and environmental economics, climate change economics, tourism economics, social and economic project/program evaluation, sustainable development, and the economic determinants of subjective wellbeing.

In collaboration with the Climate Action Beacon, Chris is involved in a number of ongoing research projects with a Pacific Island focus and am particularly interested in sustainable development pathways for Small Island Developing States in the Pacific and beyond.

Chris have previously been employed as a Senior Consultant for MainStream Economics and Policy, and Marsden Jacob Associates, as well as a Senior Advisor within the Sustainable Development Policy Group of the New Zealand Ministry for the Environment. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Otago, a Master of Applied Economics with first-class honours from Massey University, and a Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of Queensland. Chris was formerly the Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism (2020-2021) and Director of Griffith University’s MBA program (2015-2020).

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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Chris'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.