Dr Christopher Ambrey

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Institute for Social Science Research
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
c.ambrey@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69687

Overview

Christopher’s research interests reflect an advocacy for pluralism, transcending disciplinary boundaries. His research interests may be situated broadly within the economics of happiness and ecological economics. His research interests reflect a keen interest in the environment and social justice. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in economics, an honours degree in economics (first class) and a PhD in economics for which he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for outstanding Excellence in the Doctor of Philosophy. Christopher undertakes research consultancy work for the City of Gold Coast Council. Christopher is also funded by St Vincent de Paul and the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland for research into homelessness and disrupting disadvantage.

Applying predominantly statistical and more specifically, micro-econometric techniques, Christopher has undertaken research using the life satisfaction or experienced preference method to non-market valuation. He has also investigated: the links between one’s local environment and their wellbeing; the determinants of wellbeing more broadly; and the different pathways through which wellbeing may be promoted. A self-described ‘economist with a conscious’, his research increasingly reflects a cognisance of the many and varied forms of injustice. He is currently conducting research into homelessness and disrupting disadvantage. This research is funded by St Vincent de Paul and the Institute for Social Science Research at The University of Queensland. With Christopher’s research he aims to not only make a distinct and significant contribution to the body of knowledge but to also concomitantly produce research that is relevant, meaningful and socially significant.

Research Interests

  • The Economics of Happiness
  • Ecological Economics
  • Social and Environmental Policy
  • Social Justice

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Griffith University
  • Bachelor of Economics, Griffith University

Publications

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Available Projects

  • This research project directly responds to a fervent critique of mainstream economics and a passionate appeal for reflection and a fundamental re-examination of the field of ecological economics. The approach of this research project reflects a familiarity with the longstanding tensions between economics and the environment widely debated in the field. It also reflects an awareness of the ontological and epistemological ambivalence present in the field and instead advances knowledge grounded in realism and reasoned critique.

    Through a series of case studies, collaborating with government and non-government organisations, it is envisaged that this research project will provide rigorous new evidence on the efficacy of interventions to promote pro-environmental behaviours (e.g. joining, volunteering, or donating money to a conservation group.). This is achieved through the use of randomly assigned encouragements to receive treatments and treatments, informed by theories of human behaviour beyond the boundaries of mainstream economics.

  • This project aims to improve our understanding of the links between local environments and resident wellbeing, thereby informing decision makers of the policies required to create liveable cities. This project will integrate objective Geographic Information Systems data on the local environment, other objectively measurable explanatory variables and subjective measures of wellbeing. Individual level data will be obtained from a national probability sample and indefinite life panel, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey. It is expected that this project will, among other things, model spaitally the pathways to wellbeing in Australia (e.g. the restorative mental health benefits of nature; and green infratstructure and the urban heat island effect).

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Ulichny, Jennifer, Ambrey, Christopher L. and Fleming, Christopher M. (2015). Social connectedness and the declining life satisfaction of Australian females. In Susanne Moore (Ed.), Contemporary global perspectives on gender economics (pp. 188-211) Hershey, PA, United States: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-8611-3

Journal Article

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • This research project directly responds to a fervent critique of mainstream economics and a passionate appeal for reflection and a fundamental re-examination of the field of ecological economics. The approach of this research project reflects a familiarity with the longstanding tensions between economics and the environment widely debated in the field. It also reflects an awareness of the ontological and epistemological ambivalence present in the field and instead advances knowledge grounded in realism and reasoned critique.

    Through a series of case studies, collaborating with government and non-government organisations, it is envisaged that this research project will provide rigorous new evidence on the efficacy of interventions to promote pro-environmental behaviours (e.g. joining, volunteering, or donating money to a conservation group.). This is achieved through the use of randomly assigned encouragements to receive treatments and treatments, informed by theories of human behaviour beyond the boundaries of mainstream economics.

  • This project aims to improve our understanding of the links between local environments and resident wellbeing, thereby informing decision makers of the policies required to create liveable cities. This project will integrate objective Geographic Information Systems data on the local environment, other objectively measurable explanatory variables and subjective measures of wellbeing. Individual level data will be obtained from a national probability sample and indefinite life panel, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey. It is expected that this project will, among other things, model spaitally the pathways to wellbeing in Australia (e.g. the restorative mental health benefits of nature; and green infratstructure and the urban heat island effect).