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Peter Daniels
  • Griffith School of Environment
  • Ph.D MA BSc (H) BSc
    • +61 7 3735 7189
    • N13 2.29
      Nathan QLD


    • Peter Daniels is an environmental and ecological economist at the School of Environment at Griffith University.  He has an interdisciplinary undergraduate background in environmental science and has postgraduate qualifications in human geography (MA) and economics (PhD). His major research orientation is the relatively new trans-discipline of ecological economics with its emphasis on the biophysical consequences of economic activities and systems for environmental, economic and social sustainability.

    Research Overview

    • Dr Daniels has numerous publications in environmental, ecological and social economics and has contributed to international teams (including the European Environmental Agency, OECD and United Nations) concerned with environmental and social accounting. A major focus in Peter Daniels’ research is the analysis of the complete footprint or embodied resources in economic activities using input-output analysis and hybrid tools and data. This is the core information required for sustainable consumption and production goals.  Other current research interests include the relationship between ethics, religion, economic performance and alternative, sustainable economic systems.

      • climate change - economic and social strategies and policy
      • sustainable consumption and production
        – sustainable business, lifestyles, technology, ecological restructuring and modernisation of the economy
      • alternative measures of human progress - sustainable development, ethics, social sustainability (including links between Buddhism, economics and the environment)
      • the economic valuation of environmental impacts (externalities)
      • environmental economic policy instruments
      • integrated water management and economics
      • urban and household metabolism (environmental resource flow analysis)
      • industrial ecology assessment and planning
      • international competitiveness and environmental technology
      • material and energy flow analysis – focus upon water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions
      • sustainability indicators – including ecological footprint analysis, environmental-economic accounting
      • the use of environmental input-output methods and life cycle analysis to assess sustainable consumption relating to water and energy in Australia, Queensland and South-East QLD
      • life cycle assessment and hybrid life cycle and input-output analysis techniques for assessing the sustainability implications of goods and services, organisations, industries, infrastructure and urban form
      • the impact of environmental policy upon national competitiveness and economic welfare


    Research Keywords

    • Nature
    • climate change
    • consumption
    • economics
    • environment
    • sustainability
    • sustainability analysis
    • well-being

    Research Areas

    • Environmental Science and Management
      • - Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
    • Other Economics
      • - Ecological Economics
      • - Economics not elsewhere classified
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    Education And Training

    • Ph.D - Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland 1994
    • MA - Master of Arts, University of British Columbia 1985
    • BSc (H) - B Science (Hons), Griffith University 1983
    • BSc - B Science, Griffith University 1981