Catherine joined the CIE in 2010 as an Economist. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in International Business and Finance) from the Australian National University. Prior to joining the CIE Catherine worked at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the Climate Change Analysis Branch. She also spent a year working in Mongolia with the United Nations Development Program and the Ministry for Nature, Environment and Tourism, supporting the climate change activities of the Ministry.
Catherine’s areas of expertise include:
- Climate change policy and carbon pricing. Catherine has a strong background in climate change policy analysis. Her work has covered analysis of carbon pricing on individual sectors (including the agriculture, mining, petroleum, cement and retail sectors), economy-wide policy impacts and international comparisons of climate change policies. In previous roles, Catherine has also conducted research into the design details of carbon policies, climate adaptation policies and funding of climate change programs in developing countries.
- International trade analysis. Catherine has examined the implications of a number of implemented and potential free trade agreements for Australia, including trade agreements with Korea, Japan and China. The projects utilise CGE models in order to assess the economy-wide effects of the agreements and the impacts on specific sectors and also use statistical approaches to understanding trade relationships between countries.
- Science and technology. Catherine has worked on a number of projects looking at the benefits of science, research and technological developments. These have included an assessment of the value of science to the Australian economy, the benefits of government funded research and development in agriculture and climate forecasting, and the costs and benefits of a register of nano-technology products. These assessments all captured relevant market and non-market benefits, including any implications for the environment or human health.
- Environment and water. Catherine’s work also extends to environmental assessments and analysis of water policy. Some projects in this space have included developing guidance modules for environmental assessment of impacts of mining and coal seam gas. This included environmental impacts on groundwater and human health implications of noise pollution. Catherine also examined approaches to evaluating the loss of life and injuries for evaluating of flood mitigation options and contributed to the cost benefit analysis of the Murray Darling Basin Plan.
Catherine can be contacted at our Canberra office.