Prof Romy Greiner

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Dr Romy Greiner has held the position of Professor of Tropical Livelihoods at Charles Darwin University since 2009. Romy is an ecological economist who contributes research to the solution of sustainability problems in natural resource based industries, including agriculture, grazing, tourism and fishing. Applications have included, among others, water management, biodiversity conservation and marine + coastal resource use and management. Romy specialises in quantitative empirical research and works in collaboration with key stakeholders--including businesses, industry organisations and government--so as to maximise the relevance of research findings. Romy has made significant research contributions to:

  • understanding motivations for and drivers of production, consumption and adoption behaviour.
  • conceiving matters of Indigenous livelihoods, well-being and economic development as they relate to the environment.
  • measuring the benefits (monetary and well-being) and costs of alternative options.
  • developing solutions to environmental problems at the business, industry and regional scales.
  • exploring the role of policy instruments in facilitating ecologically sustainable development with particular focus on market-based instruments.

As well as important contributions to:

  • conducting economic research within a participatory action research framework and as part of interdisciplinary research teams;
  • supporting the translation of research results and scientific knowledge into management and policy; and nurturing the professional development of young researchers

Education and Professional Background

PhD (‘Magna cum laude’), University of Hohenheim, Germany, 1992, “Modelling the extensification of agricultural land use - case study for the Kraichgau region (Germany).”

MSc University of Hohenheim, Germany, 1989, “Productivity of high country pastures in the Black Forest for dairy production”

Post-doctoral fellow: Feodor Lynen Fellowship at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 1992-1994

Since then, Romy has held research leadership positions at ABARES, CSIRO and River Consulting Pty Ltd.

Romy maintains close relationships with industries and communities in northern Australia and has served on regional NRM boards (Burdekin Dry Tropcis NRM) and advisory committees. She is a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

She holds the position of adjunct professor at James Cook University (The Cairns Institute and School for Earth and Environmental Science).

Romy serves as the inaugural Chair of the Northern Territory’s Water Resources Review Panel.

Snapshot

  • Discipline: Resource / environmental / ecological economics
  • Methods: Social surveys; benefit-cost analysis; systems analysis, bio-economic modelling, scenario analysis; advanced statistical techniques; choice modelling; strategic impact assessment; empirical investigations using surveys, interviews, focus group discussions
  • Applications: Policy analysis, design and evaluation; social and economic benchmarking and socio-psychometric investigations of resource users; scenario development and planning
  • Topics: ecosystem services, livelihoods, wellbeing, environmental management, risk management, trade-offs, adaptation, economic values, aspirations, land, water, marine use and management, grazing, agriculture, salinity, water quality, biodiversity conservation, fishing, tourism, conservation, indigenous and regional economic development
  • Skills: Project management, team leadership, teaching and post-graduate student supervision
  • Participatory action research with regional communities, industries and indigenous groups
  • Engagement, negotiation and collaboration with research organisations, government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, indigenous organisations, industry organisations, interest groups and the broader community
  • Collaboration: universities, consulting companies, government research agencies,
  • Outputs: Reports, scientific publications, presentations, manuals, others

Supervision

Dr Greiner supervises a number of PhD and Master students including:

Ms Aurelia Gomez. PhD Topic “Potential of payments for environmental services (PES) for natural resources conservation and management in Mindanao, Philippines”

Ms Indra Asmara. PhD Topic “Identifying priorities for conservation and sustainable use of indigenous chicken breeds in Java (Indonesia) through improved understanding of their status and economic contribution to rural livelihoods”. Thesis submitted.

Ms Amphone Sivongxay. PhD Topic “Hydropower development and the livelihoods of downstream communities in Laos”

Mr Abilio da Fonseca. PhD Topic: “Exploring climate vulnerability , risks and adaptation options of coastal communities in Timor-Leste”

Mr Glen Speering. MSc Topic: “The Potential Role of Market-Based Instruments in Safeguarding the Water Quality in Darwin Harbour”. Completed.

Ms Shelley Franklyn. MSc Topic: “Reducing carbon emissions at the City of Darwin: an evaluation of electric vehicles”. Completed.

Year Type Citation
2013 Journal Article Greiner, R., Franklin, D. C. & Gregg, D. Towards an improved understanding of angler tourism in northern Australia: The 'grunter hunters' of Karumba (Queensland). Fisheries Management and Ecology 20, 161-173 (2013).
2012 Report Greiner, R., Stanley, O. & Austin, B. J. Sustainable Indigenous livelihoods from north Australian land and water resources - towards a research and development agenda and implementation strategy. Report to NAILSMA Ltd and the National Water Initiative (Charles Darwin University and NAILSMA Ltd., 2012).
2012 Journal Article Greiner, R. The social dimensions of market-based instruments: introduction. . Land Use Policy (2012). doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2012.04.022
2012 Journal Article Greiner, R. & Stanley, O. More than money for conservation: exploring social co-benefits from PES schemes. Land Use Policy (2012). doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.11.012
2012 Conference Paper Greiner, R., Morrison, J., Stanley, O., Austin, B. J. & Simpson, T. Towards improved Indigenous livelihoods from land and water resources in north Australia. 18th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 17-21 June 2012 (2012).
2012 Report Greiner, R., Stanley, O. & Speering, G. The potential role of market-based instruments in safeguarding the water quality in Darwin Harbour. Report to the Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport (Charles Darwin University, 2012).
2011 Journal Article Rolfe, J., Greiner, R., Windle, J. & Hailu, A. Testing for allocation efficiencies in water quality tenders across catchments, industries and pollutants: a north Queensland case study*. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics 55, 518-536 (2011).
2011 Conference Paper Huchery, C. J. G., Puig, C. J. & Greiner, R. Planning for an uncertain future of the pastoral industry in the Northern Territory. IX International Rangeland Congress, 2-8 April 2011 (2011).
2011 Conference Paper Greiner, R., Franklin, D. C. & Gregg, D. Managing angling tourism in northern Australia: A case study from the Gulf of Carpentaria. 6th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Berlin, Germany. 1-4 August 2011. (2011).
2011 Conference Paper Greiner, R., Handley, A. & Lee, H. S. A methodological approach to estimating the total economic value of recreational fishing for the Northern Territory, Australia. 6th World Recreational Fishing Conference, Berlin, Germany. 1-4 August 2011. (2011).
2011 Report Birckhead, R. et al. Economic and cultural values of water to the Ngarrindjeri people of the Lower Lakes, Coorong and Murray Mouth. (River Consulting Pty Ltd, 2011).
2011 Journal Article Puig, C. J. et al. Beyond cattle: potential futures of the pastoral industry in the Northern Territory. Rangeland Journal 33, 181-194 (2011).
2011 Journal Article Greiner, R. & Gregg, D. Farmers' intrinsic motivations, barriers to the adoption of conservation practices and effectiveness of policy instruments: Empirical evidence from northern Australia. Land Use Policy 28, 257-265 (2011).
2011 Conference Paper Greiner, R. Defining graziers’ environmental duty of care in preparation for emerging opportunities in ecosystem services markets: case study from northern Australia. IX International Rangeland Congress, 2-8 April 2011 714-719 (2011).
2010 Report Greiner, R. & Puig, C. J. Desktop assessment of electricity generation and consumption in the Northern Territory. . Report to the Northern Territory Green Energy Taskforce (2010).
2010 Journal Article Greiner, R. & Gregg, D. Considering recreational catch and harvest in fisheries management at the bio-regional scale. Fisheries Management and Ecology 17, 336-345 (2010).
2010 Report Kramer, A. et al. Desktop assessment of renewable energy resources in the Northern Territory. Report for the Northern Territory Green Energy Taskforce (Charles Darwin University, 2010).
2010 Book Chapter Greiner, R. Environmental Economics and Investment Assessment 3 (Aravossis, K. & Brebbia, C.) 3, 163-174 (WIT Press, 2010).
2010 Journal Article Greiner, R. Improving the Net Benefits from Tourism for People Living in Remote Northern Australia. Sustainability 2, 2197-2218 (2010).
2010 Conference Paper Greiner, R. Payments for environmental services (PES): Contribution to Indigenous1 livelihoods. . Invited paper. 3rd International Conference on Environmental Economics and Investment Assessment, 2-5 May 2008, (Wessex Institute of Technology, 2010).
2010 Report Aslin, H., Greiner, R. & Huchery, C. J. G. Assessment of the fit of the Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan for the Northern Territory with relevant legislative, policy and planning frameworks. Report to the NRM Board NT (Charles Darwin University, 2010).
2010 Book Chapter Greiner, R. North Australian Political Economy Issues and Agendas (Rolf, G.) 162-177 (CDU Press, 2010).
2010 Report Fernandes, L. & Greiner, R. North Marine Region: Future developments in northern Australia and implications for marine planning. Report to the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Heritage and the Arts. (River Consulting, 2010).
2010 Report Greiner, R., Kennard, M. J. & Jardine, L. Ecosystem services and key ecological values of aquatic ecosystems. Priorities for identification and sustainable management of aquatic ecosystem conservation values in northern Australia. Final Report for the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and the National Water Commission (Charles Darwin University, 2010).
2010 Book Chapter Greiner, R. North Australian Political Economy (Gerritsen, R.) 162-179 (CDU Press, 2010).
2009 Conference Paper Rolfe, J., Greiner, R. & Windle, J. Testing for scope and scale efficiencies in water quality tenders: A north Queensland case study. . 53rd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Cairns, 10-13 February 2009. (2009).
2009 Report Perkins, I. et al. Pastoral Properties Futures Simulator. NTCA Future Project: Scoping future scenarios and building innovative partnerships for Northern Territory pastoral lands. Report to the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association. (School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University; LPM Creative Rural Solutions, 2009).
2009 Journal Article Greiner, R., Gordon, I. J. & Cocklin, C. Ecosystem services from tropical savannas: economic opportunities through payments for environmental services. The Rangeland Journal 31, 51-59 (2009).
2009 Conference Paper Greiner, R. & Gregg, D. Conservation impediments and incentives – progressing the understanding of linkages between the adoption of conservation practices and the motivational orientation of graziers in the tropical savannas. 53rd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Cairns, 10-13 February 2009. (2009).
2009 Conference Paper Puig, C. J. et al. Beef, biodiversity and burning: modelling pastoral futures for the Northern Territory cattle industry. The 2009 ANZSEE Conference (The Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics, 2009). at <http://espace.cdu.edu.au/view/cdu:8748>
2009 Journal Article Greiner, R., Miller, O. & Patterson, L. Motivations, risk attitudes and adoption of conservation practices by farmers: Investigation of graziers in the Burdekin River catchment (Australia). Agricultural Systems 99, 86-104 (2009).
2008 Conference Paper Greiner, R., Cocklin, C. & Gordon, I. Conceptual and theoretical aspects of ‘payment for ecosystem services’ in the tropical savannas of northern Australia. . Australian Rangelands Society Conference, Charters Towers, 28 September - 2 October 2008. (2008).
2008 Book Chapter Greiner, R. & Miller, O. Environmental Economics and Investment Assessment II (Aravossis, K., Brebbia, C. & Gomez, H.) (WIT Press, 2008).
2008 Conference Paper Greiner, R. & Miller, O. The role of grazier motivations and risk attitudes in the adoption of grazing best management practices. 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Canberra 5-8 February 2008. (2008).
2008 Conference Paper Rolfe, J., Greiner, R., Windle, J., Muller, C. & Hailu, A. Conservation auctions: dealing with scope and scale issues in metric design. 52nd Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Canberra 5-8 February 2008 (2008).
2008 Conference Paper Greiner, R. & Miller, R. Reducing diffuse water pollution by tailoring incentives to region specific requirements: Empirical study for the Burdekin River basin (Australia). 2nd International Conference on Environmental Economics and Investment Assessment, 28 - 30 May 2008 (Wessex Institute of Technology, 2008).
2007 Journal Article Greiner, R. & Lankester, A. Supporting on-farm biodiversity conservation through debt-for-conservation swaps: concept and critique. Land Use Policy 24, 458-471 (2007).
2006 Journal Article Larson, S., Herr, A. & Greiner, R. Human Wellbeing and Natural Environments: An Indigenous Perspective. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability 2, 39-50 (2006).
2006 Journal Article Vella, K. J. et al. Viewpoint: social and economic dimensions of involving savanna communities in carbon management systems. Australian Journal of Botany 53, 741-747 (2006).
2006 Journal Article Smajgl, A., Greiner, R. & Mayocchi, C. Estimating the implications of water reform for an irrigation area. Environmental Modelling and Software 21, 1360-1367 (2006).
2006 Journal Article Stoeckl, N., Greiner, R. & Mayocchi, C. The community impacts of different types of visitors: an empirical investigation of tourism in North-west Queensland. Tourism Management 27, 97-112 (2006).

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