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Alaya Spencer-Cotton reflects on her postgraduate journey

PhD candidate, Alaya Spencer-Cotton, recently submitted her PhD thesis that explored values and preferences that the Australian public had for different rangelands land-uses in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The body of work was supervised by CAED/CEEP members including A/Professor Michael Burton and A/Prof Marit Kragt.


In a recent interview with Alaya she reflects on her journey and how economics can be a powerful lens to help us to understand the positive and negative impacts of policy or planning decisions.



Alaya will remain at the University of Western Australian in a post doctoral position.


Alaya's recent publications are available in open access:


Manero, A., Taylor, K., Nikolakis, W., Adamowicz, W., Marshall, V., Spencer-Cotton, A., Nguyen, M., & Grafton, R. Q. (2022). A systematic literature review of non-market valuation of Indigenous peoples’ values: Current knowledge, best-practice and framing questions for future research. Ecosystem Services, 54, [101417]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2022.101417


Álvarez-Romero, J. G., Kiatkoski Kim, M., Pannell, D., Douglas, M., Wallace, K., Hill, R., Adams, V. M., Spencer-Cotton, A., Kennard, M. J., & Pressey, R. L. (2021). Multi-objective planning in northern Australia: co-benefits and trade-offs between environmental, economic, and cultural outcomes: Final report to the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. James Cook University. https://doi.org/10.25903/p324-m141


Davis, K. J., Burton, M., Rogers, A., Spencer-Cotton, A., & Pandit, R. (2019). Eliciting public values for management of complex marine systems: An integrated choice experiment. Marine Resource Economics, 34(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1086/701303


Spencer-Cotton, A., Kragt, M. E., & Burton, M. (2018). Spatial and Scope Effects: Valuations of Coastal Management Practices. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 69(3), 833-851. https://doi.org/10.1111/1477-9552.12301


Spencer-Cotton, A. (2016). Applied Choice Analysis, 2nd edition. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 60(4), E17-E18. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8489.12167














Key Contacts


Alaya Spencer-Cotton: alaya.spencer-cotton@uwa.edu.au


Associate Professor Marit Kragt: marit.kragt@uwa.edu.au









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