Researcher biography

Dr Phelan is an ecological economist with twenty years professional and academic experience including collaborative interdisciplinary research, business development and technical consulting. Her current research themes lie at the interface between ecological and behavioural economics and encompass: sustainable livelihoods, ocean plastic pollution, sustainable tourism, and community-based enterprise development. Anna is the Director of the UQ Global Change Scholars Program, and is part of the business development team for the Capturing Coral Reef & Related Ecosystem Services (CCRES) Project, which is focused on alternative sustainable livelihoods that protect and enhance coastal ecosystem services. Anna has recently been awarded the GCI Flagship Project Grant - Small Island Initiative for a Plastic Free Ocean - two year research project focusing on reducing ocean plastic pollution in coastal communities in Indonesia.