Dr Anna Phelan

Global Scholars Coordinator

Graduate School

Principal Investigator - Strategy

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 344 32015


Dr Phelan is an ecological economist with twenty years professional and academic experience including collaborative interdisciplinary research, business development and technical consulting. Her current research themes lie at the interface between ecological and behavioural economics and encompass: sustainable livelihoods, ocean plastic pollution, sustainable tourism, and community-based enterprise development. Anna is the Director of the UQ Global Change Scholars Program, and is part of the business development team for the Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) Project, which is focused on alternative sustainable livelihoods that protect and enhance coastal ecosystem services. Anna has recently been awarded the GCI Flagship Project Grant - Small Island Initiative for a Plastic Free Ocean - two year research project focusing on reducing ocean plastic pollution in coastal communities in Indonesia.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Qld. UT


  • Phelan, Anna (Anya), Dawes, Les, Costanza, Robert and Kubiszewski, Ida (2017) Evaluation of social externalities in regional communities affected by coal seam gas projects: a case study from Southeast Queensland. Ecological Economics, 131 300-311. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.09.010

  • Jacobs, Sander, Dendoncker, Nicholas, Martin-Lopez, Berta, Barton, David Nicholas, Gomez-Baggethun, Erik, Boeraeve, Fanny, McGrath, Francesca L., Vierikko, Kati, Geneletti, Davide, Sevecke, Katharina J., Pipart, Nathalie, Primmer, Eeva, Mederly, Peter, Schmidt, Stefan, Aragao, Alexandra, Baral, Himlal, Bark, Rosalind H., Briceno, Tania, Brogna, Delphine, Cabral, Pedro, De Vreese, Rik, Liquete, Camino, Mueller, Hannah, Peh, Kelvin S. -H., Phelan, Anna, Rincon, Alexander R., Rogers, Shannon H., Turkelboom, Francis, Van Reeth, Wouter, van Zanten, Boris T., Wam, Hilde Karine and Washbourn, Carla-Leanne (2016) A new valuation school: integrating diverse values of nature in resource and land use decisions. Ecosystem Services, 22 B: 213-220. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.11.007

  • Phelan, Anna (Anya) and Jacobs, Sander (2016) Facing the true cost of fracking; social externalities and the role of integrated valuation. Ecosystem Services, 22 B: 348-358. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.11.006

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