Professor David Pannell

Harnessing economics to overcome complex challenges in agriculture, natural resources and the environment


David Pannell is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia; David Pannell is also Co-Director, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy; ARC Federation Fellow (2007-2012); Distinguished Fellow and past president of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society; Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia; and a Director of Natural Decisions Pty Ltd. He was a Director on the Board of Land and Water Australia 2002-05. Professor Pannell’s research includes the economics of land and water conservation; environmental policy; farmer adoption of new practices; risk; and economics of farming systems. Professor Pannell’s research has been published in seven books and 200 journal articles and book chapters, and has been recognised with awards from the USA, Australia, Canada and the UK, including the 2009 ARC Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Research.


External Positions

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Australian Research Council’s Engagement and Impact Assessment, 2019

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The 100 most ‘influential authors in the field of environmental and ecological economics, 2012

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ARC Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research, 2009

Named as one of 500 "Western Australian Leaders" by the Sunday Times newspaper, 2005


Teaching and supervisor opportunities

Available to supervise a wide range of projects in agricultural economics, natural resource economics, and environmental economics.

Teaching in units

  • Environmental Economics 1 (ECON1120)
  • International Agriculture: Research and Development (AGRI5545)
  • Benefit: Cost Analysis (new unit in 2021)



University of Western Australia

  • Building capacity on economic analyses for Marine Protected Areas
  • Pannell, D. & Meeuwig, J.


Australian Research Council

  • Benefits and costs of non-market valuation for environmental management
  • Pannell, D., Rogers, A., Burton, M., Johnston, R. & Iftekhar, M.


National Environmental Science Program (NESP)

  • Northern Australian Environmental Resource Hub - Project Plan 2 - 2016-2019
  • Douglas, M., Hipsey, M., Setterfield, S., Prout Quicke, S. & Pannell, D.


Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities

  • Integrated economic assessment and business case development for Water Sensitive Cities
  • Iftekhar, S., Pannell, D. & Fogarty, J.

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