Climate Action: What do Economits Think?
Climate change is arguably one of the most important and complicated economic and public policy challenges facing our generation. As NASA says, one of the complexities of climate change is that it is a global problem, felt on local scales.
The IPCC 2021 climate change report and the recent UN 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) has served to intensify the policy debate here in Australia. In light of this, our National Women in Economics (WEN) committee has gathered together four female thought leaders and expert researchers to present their research and insights and engage in a panel discussion.
Our expert panel will explore the challenges and opportunities of climate change for Australia’s economy. With no one-size-fits-all approach possible, the panellists’ insights will ensure for a very thought-provoking discussion. Our panel will speak about high level emissions reduction policies, provide industry-specific insights and discuss the importance of adaption in those sectors most at risk of the impacts of climate change.
About our Speakers
Alison Reeve is the Climate Change and Energy Deputy Program Director at Grattan Institute. She has two decades of experience in climate change, clean energy policy, and technology, in the private, public, academic, and not-for-profit sectors.
Alison was previously the General Manager of Project Delivery at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. She led development of Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy in 2019, as well as Commonwealth policy for offshore wind, energy innovation, energy efficiency, and structural adjustment.
Alison has a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Public Policy with distinction from the Australian National University.
Dr Marit Kragt
Dr Marit Kragt holds a MSc in Environmental Science from Wageningen University, and a Master in Economics and PhD in Environmental Economics from the Australian National University. She currently works as an Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia School of Agriculture and Environment. A/Prof Kragt's research focuses on improving agricultural and natural resource management decisions. Her expertise includes climate change mitigation and adaptation in agriculture, integrated farm systems modelling, adoption of sustainable management practices, and economic valuation of non-market impacts. She was an ARC DECRA Fellow from 2016–2020. Marit also holds roles as PVC (Diversity & Inclusion) and Director of the Centre for Agricultural Economics and Development at the University of Western Australia.
Dr Syezlin Hasan
Dr Syezlin Hasan is a Research Fellow at the Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University. She is an economist with research, consulting and teaching experience in topics relating to environmental economics. Syezlin’s research is interdisciplinary, bridging scientific research findings to policy via economic analyses. She works collaboratively with members of her research team across a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, climate change adaptation in the Pacific, conversion of agricultural land to alternative uses to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef, and the newly evolving field of ecosystem accounting under the United Nations Statistical Commission’s System of Environmental Economic Accounting – Ecosystem Accounting.
Claire Ibrahim is a Director in Deloitte Access Economics’ economic analysis and public policy team with expertise in microeconomic analysis, economic scenario modelling and public policy reform agendas. Prior to joining Deloitte, Claire worked in the Queensland public sector focusing on economic and fiscal policy development. Claire is passionate about using economics to answer how structural change impacts society – leading projects across governments, the private sector and Australia’s major institutions. Claire’s recent research looks at the economic impacts of different climate change scenarios, and policy responses to them, on Australia, as well as in Asia Pacific, Europe and in the United States.
Kim Mundy (Facilitator)
Kim is a senior currency strategist and international economist in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s international economics team. In this role she is involved in monitoring and forecasting trends in Australian and foreign economies and drawing implications for central bank’s policy interest rates and currencies. The international economics team also closely monitors ESG developments and their implications for financial markets. Kim works in the Institutional Banking & Markets division of the Commonwealth Bank. This division is responsible for managing the Group’s relationships with major corporate, institutional and government clients and providing a full range of capital raising, transactional and risk management products and services.
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