Dr. Daniel Grainger has worked as an electrical engineer, project manager, portfolio of project manager and corporate finance consultant and teacher (mathematics and physics) and business owner for approximately 20 years. He was awarded a Centenary Medal of Australia for academic excellence and the development of an innovative information technology project. He was also appointed a Fellow of Engineers Australia with citation “recognized as being amongst the true leaders of the industry and profession”. Current research interests include best possible decision management tools and the associated quantification of impact.

  • BU4062: Current Issues in Business Research (Level 4; CNS & TSV)
  • BX2123: Economics and Sustainable Resource Management (Level 2; TSV)
  • BX3124: Behavioural Economics for Sustainable Policy (Level 3; TSV)
  • EC5217: Behavioural Economics for Sustainable Policy (Level 5; TSV)
  • EC5218: Economics and Sustainable Resource Management (Level 5; TSV)
  • EV2003: Introduction to Environmental Economics (Level 2; TSV)
  • EV5003: Environmental Economics (Level 5; TSV)
  • LB5229: Economics for a Sustainable World (Level 5; TSV)
  • Indigenous consumer protection
  • Indigenous economy and wellbeing
  • Non market valuation in social contexts
  • Project prioritization utilizing information markets
  • Indigenous research into project selection decisions
  • Resource economics and sustainability
  • Behavioural economics
  • 2023 to present - Assurance of learning group, College of Business, Law & Governance (JCU)
  • 2021 to 2023 - Committee member, Gender Equity Action Research (JCU)
  • 2008 - Macquarie University and Maths Association of NSW Prize for Teaching
  • 2004 - Centenary Medal of Australia, awarded by Govenor General of Australia
  • 2001 - Cairns Mayoral Award for regional development
  • 2000 - National Young Australian of the Year Award for regional development
  • 2000 - Queensland Young Australian of the Year Award for regional initiatives
  • 2019 - Fellow of Engineers Australia awarded in recognition for being amongst the true leaders of the industry and profession

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Journal Articles
Conference Papers
  • Lignier P, Jarvis D, Grainger D and Chaiechi T (2022) Geography, Climate and Life Satisfaction. Community Empowerment, Sustainable Cities, and Transformative Economies. In: BEMAS: 1st International Conference in Business, Economics, Management, and Sustainability, 2-3 July 2021, Cairns, QLD, Australia

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 19+ research outputs authored by Dr Daniel Grainger from 2015 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Contract Research

Research on First Nations perspectives on ecosystem accounting in the `Ecosystem Accounting Pilots for Agricultural and Mixed-Use Landscapes? project

Indicative Funding
$65,000 over 1 year (administered by Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation)
Through engagement with First Nations Australians from Flinders, Norman and Gilbert River catchment study area, the project seeks to co-design workshops/meetings, ensuring that the outcomes of the conversations flow as benefits to First Nations Australians and inform the Federal Government?s Regional Ecosystem Accounting Pilot (REAP) project. The project will explore perceptions of ecosystem change in mixed use landscapes, exploring the drivers of change and what changes have been observed recently; facilitate the development of one or more ecosystem conceptual models as representation of First Nations understanding of local ecosystems; and provide graphical representations of the First Nations co-designed ecosystem model(s).
Diane Jarvis and Daniel Grainger (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Ecosystem accounting; Environmental economic accounting; First Nations values; Ecosystem Services; Ecosystem models; Ecosystem condition

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) - Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub

Synthesis Project - Kakadu Cultural Connections

Indicative Funding
$90,000 over 2 years
The national land account project, within the Department of Environment and Energy is developing an Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (EEA) system, strongly guided by the UN System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA). This project will explore options and make recommendations for acknowledging and possibly including Indigenous cultural connections within that ecosystem accounting framework. It may be possible to generate some monetary estimates of value, but the explorations may instead conclude that Indigenous cultural connections should be considered alongside, rather than as a subset, of other ecosystem services (much as the government compiles tourism satellite accounts that are published alongside the national accounts).
Diane Jarvis, Natalie Stoeckl, Daniel Grainger and Michael Douglas (College of Business, Law & Governance, Academy, Indigenous Education & Research Centre and University of Western Australia)
Indigenous cultural connections-country; system of environmental economic a/c; ecosystem services accounting; non-mnarket valuations; Cultural Ecosystem Services; indigenous cultural values

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Labour market friction and firm capital structure: The case of Australia (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • A data-driven maintenance decision-making framework for engineering asset management using economic modelling techniques (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Impact of Homeownership in Regional Australia: Help or Hindrance (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Accessing the Outcomes of Volunteering for the Individual and the Community (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Spatial and Longitudinal Variations in the Economic, Social and Environmental Factors of Life Satisfaction (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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