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Socio-Economic Analysis Team


As part of the Great Australian Research Program socio-economics researchers will develop a baseline of social and economic conditions relating to the commercial fishing industry, and, where possible, recreational fishing and aquaculture.

Andrew Beer is a Professor of Geography at the University of Adelaide and the Director of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning. Professor Beer’s interests include regional development in Australia, the operation of housing markets and policy development. He is a member of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences and is the Chair of the Regional Studies Association (Theme Leader).

Professor Mike Young holds a Research Chair in Water and Environmental Policy at the University of Adelaide, is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (Theme Leader).

Dr Sean Pascoe is a CSIRO marine resource economist with more than 25 years’ experience in the economic analysis of marine and coastal resources management. He has helped to incorporate economic analyses into a range of multidisciplinary projects aimed at improving fisheries and marine conservation management, both in Australia and the United Kingdom (Theme Leader).

Suraya Abdul Halim is a research economist at the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide.

Dr James Innes, a marine resource economist with CSIRO, has specialised in conservation incentives and fisheries economics in Australia and Europe. He has worked on incentive-based measures for by catch management, modelling of fishing behaviour, and offsets for marine biodiversity conservation.

Associate Professor Michael O’Neil is the Director of the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide. He is one of the leading commentators on the South Australian economy.

Dr Charmaine Thredgold is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Adelaide and has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning. She has extensive research and practical experience in urban and regional planning, social analysis, structure planning, community engagement, developing urban and regional strategy and policy, and project management.

Steve Whetton is the Deputy Director of the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies at the University of Adelaide. He has considerable experience in economic modelling, having developed computer base models for the Northern Territory Labour Market. 



The Great Australian Bight Research Program is a collaboration between BP, CSIRO, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the University of Adelaide, and Flinders University.