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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, business, finance.

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Biography

My research investigates the governance and financing of biodiversity conservation, environmental management, and nature-based solutions to climate change. Particular focus is on approaches such as payments for ecosystem services (PES), impact investing, ecotourism, and applications of blockchain and financial technology (fintech) to the environmental context. I evaluate the economic viability, social equity, and environmental effectiveness of these approaches, 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 work has had considerable academic impact; for example, by challenging the assumption that ecotourism companies are able to simultaneously meet the environmental, social, and economic principles of ecotourism; revealing the net loss of carbon stored in mangrove forests to be 66% lower than previously thought – with ramifications for their role in climate change mitigation efforts; and, scrutinising the extent to which blockchain technology can improve transparency in seafood supply chains. This latter work led to an article in The Conversation, and several studio interviews for ABC Radio.

Much of my research has achieved real-world impact; for example, by improving multi-stakeholder decision-making processes regarding which conservation approach to use; informing strategies for corporate sustainability related to green supply-chain management; highlighting the presence of charismatic animals in mangrove forests to raise awareness for mangrove conservation; and, proposing how fintech can be a novel means of improving equity in forest carbon projects such as REDD+.

I often conduct my research in partnership with businesses, government agencies, NGOs, and other stakeholders – ensuring the findings can be used to help these actors deliver positive environmental and social outcomes.

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 research has recently been published in journals such as Nature Communications and Global Environmental Change.

From 2024-2026 I will be undertaking a DECRA Fellowship awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) on the topic of 'Sustainable Business Models for Marine Conservation'. 

Monash teaching commitment

APG 4526: Environmental Analysis (Semester 1)

APG 5122: Corporate Sustainability (Semester 2)

APG 4554: Resource Evaluation and Management (Semester 2)

ATS 3554: Resource Evaluation and Management (Semester 2)

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

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
  • Blockchain
  • FinTech
  • Institutional change

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