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Marit Kragt

Dr Marit Kragt

Senior Lecturer
Agriculture and Environment, School of

Contact details
School of Agriculture and Environment
The University of Western Australia (M089)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 4653
MSc Wageningen, MEc PhD ANU
I am an Environmental Economist interested in improving the management of our natural resources.

I studied Environmental Science with a major in Environmental Management at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. After briefly working at the Dutch Department of Foreign Affairs in The Hague and Beijing, I moved to Australia for a Masters of Economics and a PhD at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Since July 2010, I work at the UWA School of Agricultural and Resource Economics (now UWA School of Agriculture and Environment). My expertise lies in interdisciplinary research, integrated bio-economic modelling and non-market environmental valuation.
Key research
It is important to me to deliver timely and thorough research that targets policy relevant environmental issues.
My research looks at environmental management, integrating biophysical science and economics.
I have particular interests in
• Agri-environmental management;
• Interdisciplinary research;
• Integrating non-market values of environmental goods and services into decision making
Some projects that I am working on include
• Opportunities for crowdfunding climate change mitigation by agriculture
• Non-market valuation of mine site rehabilitation
• Estimating the costs and benefits of improved weather forecasting in the WA wheatbelt
I am part of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP), and involved in research with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED).
This is a selection of some recent publications:
[For a full list of my publications, please access my ORCID, Google Scholar, or Research Profile via the links on the bottom of this page]

• Kragt, M.E., Dumbrell, N.P. & Blackmore, L. (2017) Motivations and barriers for Western Australian broad-acre farmers to adopt carbon farming. Environmental Science and Policy,
73(July): 115–123. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2017.04.009

• Meier, E.A., Thorburn, P., Kragt, M.E., Dumbrell, N.P., Biggs, J.S., Hoyle, F.S. & van Rees, H. (2017) Greenhouse gas abatement on southern Australian grains farms: biophysical potential and financial impacts. Agricultural Systems, Published online 21 May 2017.

• Bark, R.H., Kragt, M.E. & Robson, B.J. (2016) Evaluating an interdisciplinary research project: Lessons learned for organisations, researchers and funders. International Journal of Project Management, 34(8): 1449–1459.

• Kragt, M.E., Gibson, F., Maseyk, F. & Wilson, K. (2016) Willingness to pay for carbon-biodiversity trade-offs. Ecological Economics, 126: 125-131. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.02.018

• Dumbrell, N.P., Kragt, M.E. & Gibson, F. (2016) What carbon farming activities are farmers likely to adopt? A best-worst scaling survey. Land Use Policy, online 12 February 2016. DOI:10.1016/j.landusepol.2016.02.002

• Kragt, M.E., Pannell, D.J., McVittie, A.W., Stott, A.W., Vosough Ahmadi, B., & Wilson, P. (2016) Improving interdisciplinary collaboration in bio-economic modelling for agricultural systems. Agricultural Systems, 143: 217-224 DOI: 10.1016/j.agsy.2015.12.020

• Voinov A.A., Kolagani, N., McCall, M., Kragt, M.E., Glynne, P.D., Pierce, S.A.. & Ostermann, F.O. (2016) Modelling with stakeholders – next generation. Environmental Modelling & Software,
77: 196-220. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.11.016

• Bryan, B.A., Runting R.K., Capon, T., M.P. Perring, Cunningham, S.C, Kragt, M.E., Nolan, M., Law, E.A., Renwick, A., Eber, S., Christian, R. & Wilson, K. (2016) Designer policy for carbon and biodiversity co-benefits under global change. Nature Climate Change, 6: 301-305. DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2874

• Ma, C., Rogers, A.A., Kragt, M.E., Zhang, F., Polyakov, M., Gibson, F., Chalak, M., Pandit, R. & Tapsuwan, S. (2015) Consumers' Willingness to Pay for Renewable Energy: A Meta-Regression Analysis. Resource and Energy Economics, 42: 93-109. DOI: 10.1016/l.reseneeco.2015.07.003

• Rogers, A., Kragt, M.E., Gibson, F., Pannell, D.J., Burton, M. & Petersen, L. (2015) Non-market valuation: usage and impacts in environmental policy and management in Australia. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 59(1): 1-15. DOI:10.1111/1467-8489.12031

• Kragt, M.E. & Robertson, M.J. (2014). Trade-offs between marketed commodities and ecosystem services provided by agriculture. Ecological Economics, 102(June): 147–157.

• Kragt, M.E. (2013) Hydro-economic modelling in an uncertain world: Integrating costs and benefits of water quality management. Water Resources and Economics, 1(4): 1-21.
Roles, responsibilities and expertise
I will be on maternity leave from January–September 2017.

• Convener for SCIE3367 "Decision Tools for Natural Resource Management"
• Member of Academic Board, University of Western Australia
• Associate Editor and Book Review Editor, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Since starting my ARC DECRA project, I am no longer involved in the School's External Relations Committee or the Teaching and Learning Committee.
Future research
There are always openings for talented Honours and Postgraduate students who wish to undertake research with me. Funding or cadet-ships are sometimes available for qualifying candidates.

I am currently working on a project about crowdfunding climate mitigation that has openings available for Master projects.
You can also contact me for other opportunities if your interests match my research topics.

[for more information about PhD or Honours projects at the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, go to and click 'Honours']
Funding received
Selected recent grants:

• Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award, Aligning social preferences and practice of mine site rehabilitation and mining offsets in Australia, AU$373,848 (2016-2020)

• Research Council of Norway, Local crowdfunding for a low-emission society: Investigating the concept of local climate crowdfunding for Norway (COOLCROWD), NOK200,000 (2017-2020)

• DAFF Filling the Research Gap, Achieving least cost GHG abatement – opportunities in Australian grain farms, AU$1.05M (2013-2017)

• Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI), Human use patterns, impacts, values and aspirations for coastal waters of the Kimberley, AU$ 339,783 (2013-2016)

• Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Effective Implementation of Payments for Environmental Services, AU$1.34M (2012-2016)

[for more information, access my Research Profile via the link on the bottom of this page]
English; Dutch; French; German
• The Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)
• The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ)
• The International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs)
Honours and awards
Selected awards:
• Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (2017)

• Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics (AARES), 2014 Quality of Research Communication Award (February 2015)

• Faculty of Science UWA, 2013 Excellence in Honours Research Supervision Award (May 2014)

• Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics (AARES), 2013 Quality of Research Communication Award (February 2014)

• University of Western Australia; 2013 Early Career Researcher Best Publication Award (January 2014)

• The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2013 Early Career Excellence Award (November 2013)

• International Choice Modelling Conference, Journal of Choice Modelling Best Paper Award (July 2013)

• Agricultural Economics Society (AES), Winner of Prize Essay Competition for the Journal of Agricultural Economics (March 2013)
Previous positions
July 2007 - June 2010
Australian National University:
• Research assistant ‘Valuation of Ecosystem Services for Agriculture'
• Lecturer in ‘Introductory Academic Programme’(GradDip) and ‘Tools and Processes for Environmental & Resource Management’ (Masters) for the Crawford School of Economics and Government
• Guest Lecturer in ‘Environmental Mathematics’ (3rd yr) for the Fenner School of Environment
• Teaching Assistant in ‘Micro-economics I’ (1st yr) and ‘Economic and Financial Models’ (1st yr) for the School of Economics and in ‘Methods for Environmental Decision Making’ (Masters) for the Crawford School of Economics and Government

Dec 2006 - June 2010
Consultancies in Environmental Valuation:
• Community values for New South Wales mining
• Community values for recycling Electronic Waste
• Non-Use Values of Victorian Public Land

Feb 2005 – Dec 2005
Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
• Consultancy Development Economics: Study on Pro-Poor Growth at the Directorate International Co-operation in The Hague
• Project assistant Environment and Development at the Royal Dutch Embassy in Beijing
I am on maternity leave for most of 2017
Useful links
New and noteworthy
Marit Ellen Kragt
Current projects
* Estimating the non-market values associated with mine site rehabilitation strategies (supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award)

* The economics of Carbon Farming (Projects supported by the Carbon Farming Initiative Filling the Research Gap)

* Opinions and experiences of Australian recreational fishermen with no-take marine reserves (supported by the Australian Marine Conservation Council)

* Coolcrowd - Local crowdfunding for a low-emission society: Investigating the concept of local climate crowdfunding for Norway (supported by the Research Council of Norway)
Research profile
Research profile and publications

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