Neil Byron

Dr Neil Byron

Bachelor of Science (Forestry) (Hons 1); Master of Arts (Economics) (Brit. Col.) Doctor of Philosophy (Resource Economics) (Brit. Col.) Graduate Aust Institute of Company Directors (Canberra)


Natural Resources / Environmental Economics and Policy
Strategic planning of natural resources
Priority setting and impact evaluation


Member, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists
Adjunct Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology and the Murray Darling Basin Futures Collaborative Research Network; University of Canberra
Director, Earthwatch Institute Australia
Member, Independent Science Panel for Great Barrier Reef
Member Expert Knowledge Panel, NSW Marine Estate Management Authority
Honorary Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University.
Chairman, Trust for Nature Foundation

Former Commissioner, Productivity Commission 1998-2010
Former Member, IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas
Former Assistant Director General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Indonesia
Former Director of Graduate Studies in Environment and Development, Australian National University, Canberra
Former Chief UN Technical Adviser, Bangladesh Ministry of Finance and Planning, Dhaka.
Former Senior Economist, Bureau of Agricultural Economics, Canberra.

Publications and Speeches (selected)

Productivity Commission (2003) Industries, Land Use and Water Quality in the Great Barrier Reef Catchment. Canberra.

Productivity Commission (2004) Impacts of Native Vegetation and Biodiversity Conservation Regulations. Canberra.

Byron R.N. (2001) The Economics of Sustainable Forest Management and Wildlife Conservation in Tropical Forests. in Fimbel, Grajal and J. Robinson (eds) The Cutting Edge: Conserving Wildlife in Logged Tropical Forests.Columbia Univ Press, New York.

Byron R.N and D. Peterson (2001) Creating Markets for Biodiversity – A case study of Earth Sanctuaries Pty Ltd. in D. Biller (ed) Creating Markets for Biodiversity OECD Paris and World Bank Washington

Byron R.N. and J.E.M. Arnold, (1999) What Futures for the People of the Tropical Forests? World Development 27 (5) 789-805