A/Prof. Helen Scarborough



Director Of Teaching


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Warrnambool Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 2008
Master of Economics, Deakin University, 1997
Bachelor of Economics, University of Adelaide, 1980


Helen is an Associate Professor and current Director of Teaching for the Department of Economics at Deakin University. She has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Economics from Deakin University and a PhD from the Australian National University (ANU). Her research interests include environmental economics and economics education. She has published in journals such as Ecological Economics and The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics and is also the co-author of a book of the incorporation of distributional preference in environmental policy.  Helen was a member of the working party that developed the National Economics Learning Standards and was also a member of a team which received an Office for Learning and Teaching grant to develop shared assessment items for embedding the national economic learning standards in curriculum. Helen is based at the Warrnambool campus.

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Research interests

Environmental Economic

Non-Market Valuation

Economics Education

Government Finances


Treasurer, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)

Member, Economic Society of Australia

Committee Member, Business and Professional Women Australia, South West Branch

Board Member, Western Coastal Board (2009-2012)

Teaching interests

Director of Teaching, Department of Economics

Units taught

MAE101 Economic Principles

MAE203 The Global Economy

MAE201 Competition and Industry


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Reconsidering the estimation of the economic impact of cultural tourism

A Torre, H Scarborough

(2017), Vol. 59, pp. 621-629, Tourism management, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Assessing the cost-effectiveness of a fish stocking program in a culture-based recreational fishery

T Hunt, H Scarborough, K Giri, J Douglas, P Jones

(2017), Vol. 186, pp. 468-477, Fisheries research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Exploring the economic viability of using constructed wetlands to manage waste-water in the dairy industry

S Salzman, H Scarborough, G Allinson

(2017), Vol. 24, pp. 276-288, Australasian journal of environmental management, Abingdon, Eng., C1


The economic value of wetlands in developing countries: A meta-regression analysis

M Chaikumbung, C Doucouliagos, H Scarborough

(2016), Vol. 124, pp. 164-174, Ecological economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Drought and desalination: Melbourne water supply and development choices in the twenty-first century

M Porter, D Downie, H Scarborough, O Sahin, R Stewart

(2015), Vol. 55, pp. 2278-2295, Desalination and water treatment, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Understanding the effects of the invasive plants on rural forest-dependent communities

R Rai, H Scarborough

(2015), Vol. 14, pp. 59-72, Small-scale forestry, Berlin, Germany, C1


Nonmarket valuation in developing countries: Incorporating labour contributions in environmental benefits estimates

R Rai, H Scarborough

(2015), Vol. 59, pp. 479-498, Australian journal of agricultural and resource economics, Richmond, Vic, C1


Long-term water supply planning in an Australian coastal city: Dams or desalination?

H Scarborough, O Sahin, M Porter, R Stewart

(2015), Vol. 358, pp. 61-68, Desalination, Amsterdam , Netherlands, C1


Australian government budget balance numbers the hybrid nature of public sector accrual accounting

G Wines, H Scarborough

(2015), Vol. 28, pp. 120-142, Accounting research journal, Bingley, Eng., C1


Economic value of mitigation of plant invaders in a subsistence economy : incorporating labour as a mode of payment

R Rai, H Scarborough

(2013), Vol. 18, pp. 225-244, Environment and development economics, Cambridge, England, C1


Cost-benefit analysis and distributional preferences : a choice modelling approach

H Scarborough, J Bennett

(2012), Cheltenham, Engand, A1


Recreational value of Southern Bluefin Tuna fishing

E Ezzy, H Scarborough, A Wallis

(2012), Vol. 31, pp. 150-159, Economic papers, Richmond, Vic., C1


Invasive plants - Do they devastate or diversify rural livelihoods? Rural farmers' perception of three invasive plants in Nepal

R Rai, H Scarborough, N Subedi, B Lamichhane

(2012), Vol. 20, pp. 170-176, Journal for nature conservation, Amterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Intergenerational equity and the social discount rate

H Scarborough

(2011), Vol. 55, pp. 145-158, The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Richmond, Vic., C1


Estimating intergenerational distribution preferences

H Scarborough, J Bennett

(2008), Vol. 66, pp. 575-583, Ecological economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Student attitudes toward the role of economics in natural resource management

M Graham, P Hellier, H Scarborough

(2007), pp. 123-152, The Quantitative analysis of teaching and learning in higher education in business, economics and commerce : forum proceedings, Melbourne, E1


Comparing Australian commonwealth, state and territory budget balance numbers

G Wines, H Scarborough

(2006), Vol. 65, pp. 74-89, Australian journal of public administration, Sydney, N.S.W., C1


An introduction to eRoadmapping : providing learning paths for students and empowering teachers

R Carr, M Graham, P Hellier, H Scarborough

(2006), Vol. 3, pp. 56-72, Australasian journal of economics education, Brisbane, Qld., C1


Behind the headlines : an analysis of Australian Commonwealth, State and Territory budget balance numbers

G Wines, H Scarborough

(2006), Vol. 12, pp. 82-122, Accounting, accountability & performance, Nathan, Qld., C1


An introduction to eRoadmapping : providing learning paths for students and empowering teachers

R Carr, M Graham, P Hellier, H Scarborough

(2005), pp. 1-12, Innovation for student engagement in economics : proceedings of the eleventh Australasian Teaching Economics Conference : 11-12 July 2005, School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Sydney, Sydney, N.S.W., E1


Developing and asynchronous learning network

C Goodwin, M Graham, H Scarborough

(2001), Vol. 4, pp. 39-47, Educational technology and society, Palmerston North, N.Z., C1


Enhancing the learning environment for distance education students

M Graham, H Scarborough

(2001), Vol. 22, pp. 232-244, Distance education, Melbourne, Vic., C1


Information technology outsourcing by state governments in Australia

M Graham, H Scarborough

(1997), Vol. 56, pp. 30-39, Australian Journal of Public Administration, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Addressing institutional and social barriers to science impact in Coastal Zone Management (CSIRO Flagship Cluster)

A/Prof Kevin O'Toole, A/Prof Geoffrey Wescott, Dr Anne Wallis, A/Prof Kelly Miller, Prof Monica Keneley, A/Prof Helen Scarborough, Prof Gerry Quinn, Dr Anna Macgarvey

CSIRONRF Grant - Wealth from Oceans - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

  • 2013: $22,984
  • 2012: $136,605
  • 2011: $68,647
  • 2010: $101,948

Desalination within supply networks and life cycles in Australia: exploring and communicating the bigger picture

Prof Michael Porter, Prof Paul Carter, A/Prof Helen Scarborough, Prof Andrew Parratt

DEWHA - National Centre of Excellence in Desalination - Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

  • 2014: $102,587
  • 2013: $115,133
  • 2012: $50,000

Other Public Sector Funding

Warrnambool-Corangamite Land Suitability Decision Framework

A/Prof Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr Anne Wallis, A/Prof Kevin O'Toole, A/Prof Helen Scarborough, Prof Frank Stagnitti, A/Prof Vincent Versace

  • 2013: $14,698
  • 2012: $43,636
  • 2011: $86,363
  • 2009: $70,000

Realising Regional Potential Through Understanding the Value Created by a Regional Water Corporation

Prof Monica Keneley, A/Prof Helen Scarborough, Dr Scott Salzman

  • 2018: $10,000
  • 2017: $5,000


Principal Supervisor

Terence Clarke

Thesis entitled: The efficacy of offering monetary bonuses to thoroughbred horse breeders

Doctor of Business Administration, Department of Management

Associate Supervisor

Athula Senaratne

Thesis entitled: Shared beliefs, expectations and surprises: Adaptation decisions of village tank farmers in Sri Lanka

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

Mayula Chaikumbung

Thesis entitled: Estimating wetland values: A comparison of benefit transfer and choice experiment values

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance

Rajesh Rai

Thesis entitled: Estimating the Benefits of Managing Invasive Plants in Subsistence Communities

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance