Dr Megan Evans

Honorary Research Fellow

Centre for Policy Futures
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am an Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Policy Futures at the University of Queensland, and Principal Scientist in the Land Restoration Fund - Project Management Office, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Government. My research falls broadly within environmental policy, governance and economics, with a particular focus on how complex policy processes translate into environmental outcomes. I am passionate about conducting interdisciplinary, impactful research in close consultation with colleagues working in government, non-government organisations and industry. I sit on the editorial boards of Conservation Letters and Conservation Biology.

From 2016 to 2018 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the University of Queensland, working with the National Environmental Science Program – Threatened Species Recovery Hub (NESP TSR). In 2017 I completed my PhD at the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, where I investigated the challenges and complexities associated with conservation policy in Australia using an interdisciplinary, mixed methods approach.

In 2018 I was awarded the UQ Faculty of Science 2018 Rising Star – Academic award (selected from 29 nominations). The award recognises individuals who demonstrate excellence and future potential in research, teaching, academic or professional service, or driving positive workplace culture.

Research Interests

  • Public policy
  • Environmental markets, regulation and governance
  • Science-policy interface
  • Interdisciplinary research

Research Impacts

  • My research on land clearing was featured in the 2016 Australian State of the Environment Report. You can download the data here and here.
  • My work with colleagues from CSIRO has directly informed the Australian Department of the Environment's risk-based approach for prioritising monitoring and compliance efforts
  • In 2012 I worked with colleagues from UQ, the ANU and the Australian Department of the Environment to develop the calculation approach underpinning the EPBC Act Offsets Assessment Guide. This decision support tool is used to determine offsets for significant impacts on all nationally threatened species and ecological communities under Australian federal law. Read more in the UQ Research Impact story "A calculated approach"
  • My Honours research on threats to Australian species was featured in the 2011 Australian State of the Environment Report


  • Bachelor of Science with Honours Class 1, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Queensland


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Other Outputs

  • Ritchie, Euan, Nimmo, Dale, Driscoll, Don, Heard, Geoffrey, Watson, James, Evans, Megan C. and Doherty, Tim (2017, October 12). Australia’s species need an independent champion. The Conversation, .

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