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Julia Talbot-Jones


2012 MA (Economics) - University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
2010 GradDip(Economics) - University of Canterbury, New Zealand
2006 BApplSc(Hons) (NRM) - Massey University, New Zealand
2005 BSc (Ecology, Zoology) - Massey University, New Zealand

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PhD programme

Resources, Environment and Development (READ)

Topic title

Institutions, choice, and endogenous preferences: The behavioural effects of granting nature legal standing

Topic description

My research is examining a new institutional arrangement recently proposed for the governance of public goods and common pool resources, which integrates indigenous worldviews into western legal frameworks. In Aotearoa/New Zealand it was recently proposed to grant the Whanganui River its own “independent voice” and legal rights to ecosystem health. This means that in a Court of Law the Whanganui River will be recognised as a person, its rights to be represented by appointed “guardians”. Examining how this new institutional arrangement may affect peoples’ behaviour towards public good provision and common pool resource use is a useful contribution to the existing institution and resource management literature. Therefore my research explores and analyses the institutional change that is occurring in New Zealand and evaluates the possible effects on peoples’ choices and preferences towards public good provision using game theory and laboratory experiments.

Scholarships and fellowships

Current scholarships:
2013-2016 Australian Postgraduate Award
2013-2016 College of Asia and Pacific “Top Up” Award
2014 Indiana University - Australian National University Pan-Asia Institute Fellowship
- Visiting Scholar, The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop of Political Theory and Policy Analysis
Previous scholarships:
2011 - Fulbright – New Zealand Ministry of Science and Innovation Graduate Award

Employment history

Lecturing and Tutoring:
2014, 2015 Introduction to Economics (Postgraduate)
2014-2016 Introduction to Statistics (Postgraduate)
2014-2016 ENVS2007 Economics for the Environment (Undergraduate)
2013 EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental Economics (Postgraduate)
Previous employment:
2012-2013 Economist with Environmental Defense Fund, Washington, DC, USA
2007-2012 - Ski instructor swoosh swoosh - New Zealand, Japan, Canada, USA

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Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia

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