Associate Professor Graham Marshall

Principal Research Fellow (part time) - School of Environmental and Rural Science

Graham Marshall

Phone: +61 2 6773 3250



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Graham's research is concerned primarily with the institutional economics of governing social-ecological systems. A particular focus is on how community-based, polycentric governance systems influence the self-reliance of landholders in managing such systems. He is author of the influential book Economics for Collaborative Environmental Management: Renegotiating the Commons where he developed a framework for assessing the adaptive efficiency of policy and institutional options for such management. An emerging focus of his research is on the institutional economics of strengthening rural livelihoods in developing countries by promoting innovation in livestock value chains.


  • Ph.D., UNE, 2002
  • M.Ec., UNE, 1997
  • B.Ag.Sc. (hons 1), University of Sydney, 1981

Research Interests

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2014 - 2018)

Cost-effective environmental water for NSW wetlands and rivers (NSW Environmental Trust, 2014 - 2017)

Improving Regional Adoption of Weed Control – A Case Study in the New England
(Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, 2011 - 2012)

Improving Economic Accountability when using Decentralised, Collaborative Approaches to Environmental Decisions
(Commonwealth Environmental Research Facilities, 2007 - 2011)

Nesting community-based NRM for regional accountability and grassroots cooperation
(Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, 2004 - 2005)


Marshall, G.R., 2015. ‘A social-ecological systems framework for food systems research', International Journal of the Commons 9(2): 881-908.

Curtis, A., Ross, H., Marshall, G.R., Baldwin, C., Cavaye, J., Freeman, C., Carr, A., and Syme, G.J., 2014. 'The great experiment with devolved NRM governance: Lessons from community engagement in Australia and New Zealand since the 1980s', Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 21(2): 175-199.

Marshall, G.R., Connell, D. and Taylor, B.M., 2013. 'Australia's Murray-Darling Basin: A century of polycentric experiments in cross-border integration of water resources management', International Journal of Water Governance, 1, 197-218.

Marshall, G. R. 2013. 'Transaction costs, collective action and adaptation in managing complex social-ecological systems'. Ecological Economics. 88: 185-94.

Marshall, G.R. 2011. 'What 'community' means for farmer adoption of conservation practices', in D.J. Pannell and F.M. Vanclay (eds), Changing Land Management: Adoption of New Practices by Rural Landholders. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 107-127.

Marshall, G.R., 2010. 'Governance for a surprising world', in S. Cork (ed), Resilience and Transformation: Preparing Australia for Uncertain Futures. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 43-52.

Marshall, G.R. and Stafford Smith, D.M. 2010. 'Natural resources governance for the drylands of the Murray-Darling Basin'. The Rangeland Journal. 32(3): 267–82.

Marshall, G.R., 2009. 'Polycentricity, reciprocity, and farmer adoption of conservation practices under community-based governance'. Ecological Economics. 68(5): 1507-20.

Marshall, G.R., 2008. 'Nesting, subsidiarity, and community-based environmental governance beyond the local scale'. International Journal of the Commons. 2(1): 75-97.