Originally from the Seychelles, Michelle completed both her Bachelor(Hons) and her PhD studies at James Cook University, Australia, where she now works as a researcher. Her interests lie on projects which  explore trade-offs between economic development and environmental protection.

Current and recent research projects involved in include:

  • Promoting sustainable tourism development for small islands (2017-2018 - in collaboration with the University of the Philipines and Zhejiang University)
  • Harnessing the science of social marketing & behavior change for improved water quality in the Great Barrier Reef: An action research project (2016-2018)
  • Multiple benefits & knowledge systems of Indigenous Land Management Projects/Programs (ILMPs) - Economic perspectives (2016-2018)
  • Research priorities for Indigenous Protected Areas across Northern Australia (2015)                      
  • Review of integrated models, frameworks and decision support tools to guide management and planning in Northern Australia (2015)
  • Regional economic impact of agriculture extension programs in Laos (2015)
  • State of Wet Tropics Report 2014/15
  • Economic costs of macro-algae production (2014-2015)                                               
  • Socio-economic systems and reef resilience  (2012-2014) 
  • Relative social and economic values of residents and tourists in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area  (2012-2014)                                                                                                      
  • Searching for cost-effective methods of achieving key biodiversity outcomes in Northern Australia: are there economies of scale or scope?   (2012-2014)
  • Socio-economic activity and water use in the Tropical Rivers region (2010-2011)
  • Natural resource management and economics • Non-market valuation techniques • Environmental modelling techniques • Sustainable tourism development • Tourism certification schemes • Tourism economics • Protected areas
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 26+ research outputs authored by Dr Michelle Esparon from 2011 onwards.

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

Multiple benefits and knowledge systems of Indigenous Land Management Programs (ILMPs) - Economic perspective

Indicative Funding
$490,800 over 4 years (administered by CDU)
In addition to creating environmental benefits Indigenous land management programs (ILMPs) generate significant social and economic benefits (henceforth co-benefits). But few of those co-benefits have been quantified or compared across ILMPs. Consequently, under or over investments in some ILMPs could arise. When making investment decisions, governments and others require multiple lines of evidence to help them determine if their investments represent `value for money?. This project will thus provide quantified, comparable data about the co-benefits of various ILMPs ? information that will help ensure more and/or better targeted investments in ILMPs.
Natalie Stoeckl, Michelle Esparon, Daniel Grainger, Silva Larson and Marina Farr (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Indigenous land management; Knowledge Transfer; Indigenous enterprises; Indigenous impact investments; Indigenous protected areas; Economic Impact

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