Dr Anna Phelan
Anna Phelan
Research Fellow | Principal Investigator
  • PhD, Ecological Economics (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (Manhattan College)
+61 7 344 32015
Room 441, GP North Building, St. Lucia Campus

Dr Phelan is an ecological economist with twenty years professional and academic experience including collaborative interdisciplinary research, business development and technical consulting. Her current research themes lie at the interface between ecological and behavioural economics and encompass: sustainable livelihoods, ocean plastic pollution, sustainable tourism, and community-based enterprise development. Anna is the Director of the UQ Global Change Scholars Program, and is part of the business development team for the Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) Project, which is focused on alternative sustainable livelihoods that protect and enhance coastal ecosystem services.

Research interests

Behavioural Economics
Environmental policy design
Ecological Economics
Externalities, Quality of Life and Ecosystem Services Assessment
Social Impact
Shared Value and Corporate Social Responsibility



  • Ecosystem Services Partnership


2012 - 2015 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship
2012 - 2015 - Cooperative Centre for Engineering and Infrastructure Asset Management (CIEAM) Award
Jan-15 - QUT Write-up Scholarship