Dr Dan Marsh

Environmental Economics

Qualifications: MA Oxon, MSc Reading, PhD Waikato

Research Interests

Dan’s research is on economic aspects of environmental decision making, non-market valuation and natural capital. Over the last 6 years he has focused on assessing the impact of agriculture on water quality and on the efficiency of alternative policies designed to address this externality. He has a national reputation in this area and publishes in A* and A ranked journals (ABDC) - Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Ecological Economics, Land Use Policy, Land Economics and Tourism Management. He was project leader on a major research project funded by Dairy New Zealand and addresses conferences, regional councils and other stakeholders and provides advice on policy development.

Dan has been an expert witness in the Environment Court (Horizons One Plan, 2012), before Independent Commissioners in the matter of the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan (2013) and at a Resource Consent Hearing relating to the Whangamarino wetland in 2015. Since 2016, he has been developing methods and assisting with policy development in natural capital accounting. He has provided advice to UK’s Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on this topic and was invited to present to senior staff from the Treasury, Statistics New Zealand and the Ministry for the Environment (NZ).


Agriculture; Economics; Environment; Environment Issues; Environmental Policy and Politics

Recent Publications

  • Ndebele, T., Marsh, D., & Scarpa, R. (2019). Consumer switching in retail electricity markets: Is price all that matters?. Energy Economics, 83, 88-103. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2019.06.012

  • Sunderland, T., Waters, R., Marsh, D., Hudson, C., & Lusardi, J. (2018). Accounting for National Nature Reserves: A natural capital account of the National Nature Reserves managed by Natural England. Natural England.

  • Johnson, D., Marsh, D., & Bauer, K. (2018). A natural capital approach to natural flood management: A case study of the Caen Catchment. West Country Rivers Trust.

  • Matthews, Y., Scarpa, R., & Marsh, D. (2017). Cumulative attraction and spatial dependence in a destination choice model for beach recreation. Tourism Management, 66, 318-328. doi:10.1016/j.tourman.2017.12.009

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Contact Details

Room: MSB.2.13
Phone: +64 7 838 4950