Staff profile - Helen Scarborough

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Aprof Helen Scarborough

Position: Director of Teaching
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business & Law
Department: Department of Economics
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 55633547 +61 3 55633547



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

Professional activities

• Member of Australian Business Deans Council Economics Learning Standards Working Party (2012-13)
• Member of Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics society
• Member of Economic Society of Australia


Subjects and units currently teaching

MAE101 Economic Principles

MAE102 The Global Economy

MAE201 Competition and Industry

MAE202 National Economic Policy

MAE322 The Economics of the Environment

Student supervision

PhD (Completed)

Rajesh Kumar Rai: "Estimating the benefits of managing invasive plants in subsistence communitites"

Athula Senaratne: "Shared Beliefs, expectations and surprises: Adaptation decisions of village tank farmers in Sri Lanka"

Mayula Chaikumbung: An ecological service value of Bung Kong Long wetlands for optimal use (Associate supervisor)


Awards and prizes

Australian Agricutural and Resource Economics Society PhD Prize


Research interests

Environmental Economics

Non-Market Valuation

Economics Education

Government Finances

Research grants


“Desalination-supply networks, life cycles, and bulk water substitution in Australia: The bigger picture” with M. Porter, P. Carter, and R Stewart. National Centre of Excellence in Desalination.

A$496,000 (2012-2014)

"An evaluation of a rural and regional community  transport social enterprise project" with G Wines and A Wallis

A$ 60,000 (2013-2014)




Scarborough, Helen and Bennett, Jeff (2012) Cost-benefit analysis and distributional preferences : a choice modelling approach, Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, England

Recent Journal Articles

Rai, R.K. and Scarborough H (2013)"Economic value of mitigation of plant invaders in a subsistence economy: Incorporating labour as a mode of payment" Environment and Development Economics, Vol 18, no 2, pp225-244 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England

Ezzy, Edward, Scarborough, Helen and Wallis, Anne (2012) Recreational value of Southern Bluefin Tuna fishing, Economic Papers, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 150-159, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia, Richmond, Vic.

Rai, Rajesh Kumar, Scarborough, Helen, Subedi, Naresh and Lamichhane, Baburam (2012) Invasive plants – Do they devastate or diversify rural livelihoods? Rural farmers' perception of three invasive plants in Nepal, Journal for Nature Conservation, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 170-176, Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Scarborough, Helen (2011) Intergenerational equity and the social discount rate, The Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 145-158, Wiley - Blackwell Publishing, Richmond, Vic

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