People and the Economy

An understanding of the socio-economic systems and their relationships with the environment is a key component in assessing the implications of future developments in northern Australia.  This project studied a range of economic, cultural, institutional and human-capital aspects of northern populations while looking for differences and similarities among communities in order to describe how the region’s socio-economic systems might change under different future development scenarios.

Comparing Multipliers from Survey and Non-Survey Based IO Models

Stoeckl, N. (2012). Comparing Multipliers from Survey and Non-Survey Based IO Models. International Regional Science Review, 35(4), 367-388. DOI: 10.1177/0160017610385452

The haves and have nots in Australia’s Tropical North – new perspectives on a persisting problem

Taylor, A., Larson, S., Stoeckl, N., & Carson, D. (2011). The haves and have nots in Australia's Tropical North - New Perspectives on a Persisting Problem. Geographical Research, 49(1), 13-22. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2010.00648.x

Distributional and consumptive water demand impacts of different types of economic growth in two northern Australian river catchments

Stoeckl, Natalie, Esparon, Michelle, Farr, Marina, Delisle, Aurelie, and Stanley, Owen. "Distributional and Consumptive Water Demand Impacts of Different Types of Economic Growth in Two Northern Australian River Catchments." Australasian Journal of Regional Studies 19, no. 3 (2013): 396-432. DOI:

On the use of socioeconomic typologies for improved integrated management of data-poor regions: Explorations from the Australian north

Larson, S., N. Stoeckl, and B. Blanco-Martin. "On the Use of Socioeconomic Typologies for Improved Integrated Management of Data-poor Regions: Explorations from the Australian North." Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 20, no. 4 (2013): 302-19. DOI: 10.1080/14486563.2012.763145

The great asymmetric divide: An empirical investigation of the link between indigenous and non-indigenous economic systems in Northern Australia

Stoeckl, N., Esparon, M., Farr, M., Delisle, A., & Stanley, O. 2014. The great asymmetric divide: An empirical investigation of the link between indigenous and non‐indigenous economic systems in Northern Australia. Papers in Regional Science, 93(4), 783-801. doi-org.ezproxy.cdu.edu.au/10.1111/pirs.12028

Using resident perceptions of values associated with the Australian Tropical Rivers to identify policy and management priorities

Larson, S., Stoeckl, N., Neil, B., & Welters, R. (2013). Using resident perceptions of values associated with the Australian Tropical Rivers to identify policy and management priorities. Ecological Economics, 94(C), 9-18. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.07.005

The project was led by Dr Natalie Stoeckl from James Cook University in Townsville. Dr Stoeckl was supported by Owen Stanley from James Cook University, as well as researchers from Charles Darwin University (Dean Carson, Andrew Taylor and Suzanne Campbell) and CSIRO Townsville (Silva Larson and Kostas Alexandridis).