Professor Louisa Coglan

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Program Lead (Behaviours and Decisions in Agriculture and Natural Resources)

Doctor of Philosophy by Publication (University of Portsmouth)

Background Dr. Louisa Coglan is a Professor in the School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology and Program Lead for Behaviours and Decisions in Agriculture and Natural Resources in the Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology (BEST) a national and international leader in applied behavioural insights and behavioural economics research. Louisa is also Vice President of the Queensland branch of the Women in Economics Network. Prior to joining QUT in 2006, Louisa worked at the University of Portsmouth, UK, where she was Principal Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Associate Dean of the Business School.

Research Louisa's research areas include:

  • Applied policy research
  • Theoretical and technical applications
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Baseline performance measurement in health care and fisheries.

Louisa has led the economics component on both regional and national health care research projects in both primary and secondary health care services. Examples of her work include:

  • mental health services restructuring
  • demand characteristics of GP out-of-hours services
  • cost-effectiveness of speech language therapy for very young children cost-effectiveness and safety of epidural steroids in the management of sciatica
  • a decision analytic model was used to compare the monetary cost of offering each of the four alternative health interventions against their success measures, to directly inform best practice in promoting healthy lifestyles to Queenslanders

Louisa's research also includes the measurement and analysis of economic performance in fisheries. Examples of her research to date include

  • appropriate measures of economic performance in small scale, multi species, multi gear fisheries
  • factors that contribute to a vessel's level of efficiency
  • implications of heterogeneity in fisher performance for fisheries management.

Louisa has produced a number of journal articles in international referee journals including American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Marine Policy, Aquatic Living Resources and Fisheries Research, Aquaculture Economics & Management, Journal of Agriculture Economics, International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. Louisa has been successful in securing funding from a diverse range of sources including, in the UK, various NHS Trusts, National institute of Health Care (Health Technology Assessment) and Higher Education Funding Council of England; European Union; and in Australia, the Fisheries Development Council (FRDC) and Seafood CRC in Australia. Louisa supervises a number of PhD students researching in the areas of decision tools for sustainable development in coastal zones, environmental change and impact on aquaculture industry, the role of offsets in the marine environment and the economics feasibility of biofuels. Teaching Louisa is a Senior Fellow of the HEA (2015), an internationally benchmarked award in recognition of excellence in teaching leadership and mentoring. She was also one of the first ten QUT staff members to be awarded Indigenous Associate Fellow of HEA, in recognition of embedding Indigenous perspectives into higher education learning and teaching. Louisa has an extensive record of innovative teaching and support of student learning from over two decades of teaching in HE, and has received learning and teaching awards and external commendations for her work in both the UK and Australia. In 2018, Louisa was nominated for the David Gardner Award for her substantive contribution to learning and teaching including consistently delivering exceptional first year learning experience (approximately 25,000 undergraduate students to date). Louisa’s has a track record in the development and delivery of professional courses. In the UK, she developed professional training courses for health clinicians to enable them to meet the requirement to support clinical research with a rigorous economic evidence base. In Australia, she has provided professional training workshops for the fishing industry (funded by Seafood CRC) to raise the awareness and de-mystify the role of economics in fisheries policy decision making for fisheries managers, industry representatives and fisheries biologists.

Projects (Chief investigator)


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Non-Market Values to Inform Decision-Making and Reporting in Fisheries and Aquaculture - An Audit and Gap Analysis
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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Building Economic Capacity to Improve the Management of Australian Marine Resources
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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  • Computing optimal and viable harvesting strategies for Queensland's East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Adjunct Professor Sean Pascoe