Dr Sabah Abdulla

UQ Fellowship

School of Economics
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Sabah Abdullah is currently a UQ Research Fellow teaching cost and benefit analysis (ECON 3220/7740) and analyzing affordability and reliability of energy services among Australian households. She is an environmental economist specializing in market and non-market valuation approaches with regards to energy and the environment. Her current research projects examines the adoption of : 1) renewable energy technologies (RETs) including cost-effectiveness of RETs in advanced and developing countries and 2) pro-environmental behaviour using behavioural economics/experimental economics approaches.

Sabah was Principal Investigator of a Marie Curie Research Fellowship, a European Commission-funded project entitled BIOCORE (Biodiversity conservation and valuation of coral reef goods and services under climate change) and was hosted at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan, Italy. Sabah was also a former Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of the Basque Country and Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath (UK). She has previously worked on environment-energy policy issues with several multilateral institutions including: the World Bank, International Finance Corporation as well as governments and non-profit organizations.

Research Interests

  • environmental economics
  • behavioural/experimental economics
  • energy economics


  • Bachelor Business Management, AlBayan
  • Master of Arts, The Johns Hopkins University
  • PhD, University of Bath


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Abdullah, Sabah (2013). The risks of global warming to coral reef ecosystem. In Martin Ince, Jana Gough, Ilse Evertse and Susan Curran (Ed.), World Social Science Report 2013: Changing global environments (pp. 255-256) Paris, France: UNESCO. doi:10.1787/9789264203419-en

  • Gallastegui, M. Carmen, Ansuategi, Alberto, Escapa, Marta and Abdullah, Sabah (2011). Economic growth, energy consumption and climate policy. In Ibon Galarraga, Mikel Gonzalez-Eguino and Anil Markandya (Ed.), Handbook of sustainable energy (pp. 47-59) Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

  • Abdullah, Sabah, Markandya, Anil and Nunes, Paulo A. L. D. (2011). Introduction to economic valuation methods. In Amitrajeet A. Batabyal and Peter Nijkamp (Ed.), Research tools in natural resource and environmental economics (pp. 143-187) Hackensack, NJ United States: World Scientific. doi:10.1142/9789814289238_0005

Journal Article

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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