- Environmental and Resource Economics
- Environmental Management
- Carbon and Biodiversity Markets
- Climate Change Mitigation
- Climate Change Adaptation
- international climate change mitigation policy
- carbon markets and the Clean Development Mechanism
- climate change adaptation economic analysis
- climate modelling, impact and vulnerability analysis
- integrated environmental assessment and reporting
Dr Graham Ashford is an environmental and resource economist with a particular interest in carbon markets and climate change adaptation. He has considerable experience designing and managing complex international research and capacity building projects. Examples include: economic modelling of credit discounting policies on the CDM carbon market; financial analysis of Canarium nut processing in PNG (funder: ACAIR); economic analysis of rainwater harvesting in Madagascar and coastal inundation in Mauritius (European Union); technical and editorial support for North Korea’s State of Environment Report (UNEP); training of North Korean officials in the Clean Development Mechanism (UNEP) and environmental management (Government of China, IDRC); training of Caribbean country experts in the preparation of Second National Communications to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNDP); assessment of the impacts of trade liberalization, structural adjustment programs and climate change on cocoa producers in Ghana (Danish Department of Foreign Affairs); analysis of the environmental, social and economic impacts of major UK commodity imports (UK-DEFRA); conservation policy advice to the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Site project (IISD); documentation of Inuit observations of climate change in the Canadian Arctic (Canadian government); assessment of non-timber forest values in traditional indigenous land use areas (Manitoba government); design of micro-finance and watershed development projects in Southern India (UK-DFAIT); and assessment of the contribution of commercial fishing to the Comox Valley economy (CVEDS).
Dr Ashford is the Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is responsible for leading Faculty efforts to maintain and enhance learning and teaching and develop high quality programs and enriched learning environments. Dr Ashford is an experienced lecturer and curriculum developer, having coordinated eight undergraduate and post-graduate courses since 2009. He coordinates the Bachelor of Environmental Management program and previously coordinated USC’s post-graduate climate change programs. He leads or contributes to a number of high-level committees and initiatives to implement the University’s strategic plan.
In 2013, Dr Ashford received a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Commonwealth Office of Learning and Teaching to recognise the effectiveness of his methods and his sustained contribution to advancing high quality learning and teaching. In 2015, he was awarded a Senior Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy.
- Professional Member, Economic Society of Australia (PMESA)
- Member, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)
- Member, Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (MEIANZ)
- Member, Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
- Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy