Research seminar: Economics of invasive pests and diseases

Prof Nick Hanley
Date Wednesday 21 March 2018
Time 1pm - 2pm
Where MSB.1.05, level one, Waikato Management School, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton
Presenter Professor Nick Hanley
Admission Cost Free

Invasive species are a growing problem world-wide. In this research seminar hosted by Waikato Management School, Professor Nick Hanley (University of Glasgow) will focus on invasive pests and diseases that impact on forests and agriculture.

Professor Hanley is an environmental economist who works mainly on the application of economic methods (including behavioural economics) to biodiversity conservation, invasive species, and measures of sustainability.

He asks firstly, how do economic, ecological and epidemiological factors combine to determine the economically-optimal response to a new invasive pest or disease? Second, what is the public’s willingness to pay for actions taken by the state to combat such invasive species? And finally, how could we best design a PES-type system of contracts that encourages private landowners to to reduce the threats of such pests and diseases to society?

Professor Hanley is the chair in environmental and one health economics at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow. He is also an adjunct professor of environmental economics at the University of Waikato.

He is also interested in choice modelling and cost-benefit analysis; marine systems; the design of environmental policy (especially Payment for Ecosystem Service schemes); the economics of pollination; and ecological-economic modelling. He is an Associate Editor of Resource and Energy Economics.

This seminar is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required, just turn up on the day. Visitor parking is available in the University of Waikato's Gate 10 carpark, Silverdale Road, Hillcrest, Hamilton.