Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome enquiries from students that share my research interests. Ideally, students will have an interdisciplinary background, with theoretical and methodological expertise in some of the following areas: human geography, environmental science, ecological economics, sustainable finance, business.


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My research investigates the governance and financing of biodiversity conservation, environmental management, and climate change mitigation efforts. Particular focus is on strategies such as payments for ecosystem services (PES) and impact investing. I evaluate the economic viability, social equity, and environmental effectiveness of these strategies, and highlight implementation challenges related to politics and institutions. I am particularly interested in their implementation in coastal and marine ecosystems such as mangrove forests (e.g. blue carbon) and ocean fisheries (e.g. blue bonds). My research has been conducted in collaboration with government agencies, NGOs, and some of the largest corporations in Southeast Asia, and has informed decision-making in business and policy arenas. More broadly, I am interested in sustainability issues around the umbrella terms of 'blue urbanism' and 'blue economy'.

I hold a PhD from the National University of Singapore, and an MSc from Imperial College London. I also have postdoctoral experience at the University of Sydney, and management experience working for conservation organisations in Bangladesh (Zoological Society of London) and the Seychelles (Island Conservation Society). My work has most recently been published in Nature Communications and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.

Monash teaching commitment

APG 4526: Environmental Analysis (Semester 1)

APG 5122: Corporate Sustainability (Semester 2)

ATS 3554: Resource Evaluation and Management (Semester 2)

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, National University of Singapore

Award Date: 31 Dec 2018

MSc, Imperial College London

BSc, University of Sheffield

Research area keywords

  • biodiversity conservation
  • ecosystem services
  • corporate sustainability
  • environmental finance
  • environmental management
  • environmental policy
  • environmental governance
  • impact investing
  • blue finance
  • blue economy
  • mangroves
  • fisheries
  • coastal ecosystems
  • marine ecosystems

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Research Output

Climate change mitigation potential of wetlands and the cost-effectiveness of their restoration

Taillardat, P., Thompson, B., Garneau, M. & Trottier, K., 2020, In : Interface Focus. 10, 5, 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Scrutinising Impact Investment in Sustainable Fisheries

Thompson, B. & Bladon, A., 1 Sep 2020, In : Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 18, 4, p. 374-375 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Beyond ecosystem services: Using charismatic megafauna as flagship species for mangrove forest conservation

Thompson, B. S. & Rog, S. M., 2019, In : Environmental Science and Policy. 102, p. 9-17 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

In oceans we trust: Conservation, philanthropy, and the political economy of the Phoenix Islands Protected Area

Mallin, MA. F., Stolz, D. C., Thompson, B. S. & Barbesgaard, M., 2019, In : Marine Policy. 107, 12 p., 103421.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Press / Media

Mangrove loss may not mean release of all carbon stock: Study

Benjamin Thompson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Study shows efforts in mangrove conservation and restoration paying off

Benjamin Thompson


1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Payments for Ecosystem Services in Urban Areas: The Case of Sydney

Ben Thompson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaPodcasts

Tigers, sloths, and sawfish: Using flagship species to conserve the world’s mangrove forests

Ben Thompson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaPodcasts

Rhino Roulette: Impact Investors Set to Gamble on New ‘Rhino Bond’

Ben Thompson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Blogs, Podcasts and Social MediaBlogs