A/Prof. Helen Scarborough



Associate Professor


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 Scarborough is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics in Deakin Business School. Helen 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 on 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. She is based at the Warrnambool campus.

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Research interests

  • Environmental Economic
  • Non-Market Valuation
  • Economics Education


  • Member, Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES).
  • Member, Business and Professional Women Australia, South West Branch.
  • Member, Economic Society of Australia.
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Board Member, Wannon Water.

Units taught

  • MAE101 - Economic Principles
  • MAE203 - The Global Economy
  • MAE201 - Competition and Industry


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Estimating economic values for beach and foreshore assets and preservation against future climate change impacts in Victoria, Australia

J Rolfe, H Scarborough, B Blackwell, S Blackley, C Walker

(2021), Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, C1

journal article

Institutions, culture, and wetland values

M Chaikumbung, H Doucouliagos, H Scarborough

(2019), Vol. 157, pp. 195-204, Ecological economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

ConnectU social enterprise final research monograph: evaluation of Horizon 21's ConnectU social enterprise (Warrnambool and surrounding districts)

G Wines, M Graham, H Scarborough, J Stanley, A Wallis

(2014), A6

research report/technical paper

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, C1

journal article

Warrnambool and Corangamite land suitability decision framework study: technical report

V Versace, J Monk, D Ierodiaconou, H Scarborough, A Wallis, K O'Toole

(2013), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Cost-Benefit analysis and distributional preferences: A choice modelling approach

H Scarborough, J Bennett

(2012), Cost-Benefit Analysis and Distributional Preferences: A Choice Modelling Approach, A1


Recreational Value of Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishing

E Ezzy, H Scarborough, A Wallis

(2012), Vol. 31, pp. 150-159, Economic Papers, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

Intergenerational equity and the social discount rate

H Scarborough

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

journal article

Estimating intergenerational distribution preferences

H Scarborough, J Bennett

(2008), Vol. 66, pp. 575-583, Ecological Economics, C1

journal article

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, C1

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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 an asynchronous learning network

C Goodwin, M Graham, H Scarborough

(2001), Vol. 4, pp. 39-47, Educational Technology and Society, C1

journal article

Enhancing the learning environment for distance education students

M Graham, H Scarborough

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

  • 2020: $140
  • 2019: $109
  • 2018: $13,710
  • 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

Taylor Leigh Hunt

Thesis entitled: Fish Stocking in Australia - Social and Economic Considerations

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


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