1. Contribution to a book entitled: Toward an Integrated Science of Wellbeing
Dr Diane Jarvis is the lead author on Chapter 18, ‘Natural Capital, Ecosystem Services, and Subjective Wellbeing: A Systematic Review’, by Diane Jarvis, Phil Lignier, Ida Kubiszewski, Robert Costanza. Phil is a HDR student with CBLG, working for his PhD entitled ‘Spatial and Longitudinal Variations in the Economic, Social and Environmental Factors of Life Satisfaction’. This work was a result of a collaboration began during Covid lockdown, and has finally led to the publication of the book this month.
Abstract for Chapter
Humans depend on the rest of nature for their health, wellbeing, and survival. Recent research has analysed the extent to which self-reported life satisfaction (as one form of subjective wellbeing) is related to various proxies for natural capital and ecosystem services. The authors of this chapter analysed 87 studies published between 2000 and 2019 that modelled different versions of this relationship around four basic themes: (1) degree of human intervention, (2) specific environmental goods and services, (3) adverse impacts, and (4) overarching indicators. Results showed that positive effects are most significant when there is a balance of natural, built, human, and social capital and that nonlinear relationships that incorporate this interaction may be most appropriate.
More information about the book and chapter can be found at https://academic.oup.com/book/46095/chapter-abstract/404620502?redirectedFrom=fulltext&login=false
2. Unemployment benefit eligibility requirements and perceived time pressure
Authors: Ruud Gerards, Riccardo Welters
An emerging body of literature links stressors or obstacles (e.g., compliance to an unemployment benefit eligibility requirement) to poor job search quality, questioning the effectiveness of such requirements in helping the unemployed to find employment. We investigate whether compliance to an unemployment benefit eligibility requirement affects an unemployed person's perception of time pressure, which theory relates to job search quality and which itself is hard to gauge.
We conduct a propensity-score matching analysis, using data on the Australian “mutual obligations” program, matching otherwise similar unemployed persons with and without an unemployment benefit eligibility requirement.
Controlling for a wide range of confounders, we find a statistically significant positive effect of an unemployment benefit eligibility requirement on the affected person's perception of time pressure as theory predicts.
Others have hypothesized that poor labor market outcomes for those subjected to a “mutual obligations” requirement are a result of the requirement's adverse effect on job search quality. Our finding that compliance to unemployment benefit eligibility requirements increases an unemployed person's perceptions of time pressure aligns with that hypothesis.
3. Sustainable lifestyles, eating out habits and the green gap: a study of food waste segment
Congratulations to Dr Breda McCarthy and Dr Hongbo Liu for their articles being picked up by more than 70 news outlet and the attention score of 552
4. How well do we search for missing people in Queensland, Australia? (in press)
Authors: James Whitehead, Richard Franklin, Dr Tracey Mahony
Most countries, states or counties have an organised Search and Rescue (SAR) response to reported missing people, whether it is by statutory authorities such as the police or by volunteer groups. The success or otherwise of the ensuing searches is often dependent on the training of the coordination team and the adherence to known and proven search strategies. It would be realistic to assert that the chances of a successful search are reduced if the coordinator cannot put those searchers in the right location. This paper examines the functionality of the SAR system in Queensland, looking at the coordination structure, the strategies utilised in determining search areas and whether they are still fit for purpose. The response to SAR is a police responsibility with the assistance of volunteers groups such as the State Emergency Service, and to this end a significant effort is undertaken to train both police coordinators and volunteer searchers.
5. Increasing uptake of improved land management practice to benefit environment and landholders: insights through a transaction cost lens
Authors: Anthea Coggan, Rachel Hay, Diane Jarvis, Rachel Eberhardd , and Barbara Colls
Transaction costs, related to either investigating improved land management practices (ILMP), engaging in adoption support programs for these practices and/or implementing changes on-ground, create barriers to ILMP adoption. Perceived and actual transaction costs have long been hypothesised as a potential barrier to grazier adoption of ILMPs in catchments to the Great Barrier Reef. Applying a framework derived from transaction cost theory, we assess this hypothesis. Through semi-structured interviews of a sample of participants in two ILMP programs, we find that ILMP adoption support program characteristics have a large influence on perceived and actual transaction costs of landholders seeking to engage in ILMP programs or adopt ILMPs. The importance of establishing and nurturing relationships between landholders and extension officers was also highlighted as critical to reducing landholder transaction costs. The degree to which relationships reduce transaction costs demonstrates the importance of fostering landholder leadership in ILMP program design as well as targeted extension in supporting adoption.
our member Dr. Rabiul Beg from the Economics and Marketing Academic Group is rekindling the "STAT HELP" initiative. STAT HELP offers support and expert guidance in the field of Statistics and Econometrics through collaborative learning and customised assistance. The initiative is designed to be accessible, free, and inclusive, catering to CBLG academics and HDR students from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and skill levels. It provides multiple channels of communication, accommodates different learning styles, and creates a supportive and inclusive environment.
Zoom Drop-in Sessions: Every Friday from 2pm to 3pm commencing 2 June 2023
To set up a zoom appointment, please contact Dr beg at Rabiul.email@example.com
We encourage you to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to enhance your understanding and application of statistics and econometrics. Do not hesitate to reach out to me or Dr Beg for assistance.
CITBA actively engages in collaborations with the Cairns Regional Council, a key regional authority that plays a pivotal role in shaping the economic and social fabric of our community. By working hand in hand, we leverage our collective expertise and resources to develop strategies that promote sustainable growth, economic prosperity, and inclusive business opportunities within the region.
These partnerships and collaborations exemplify CITBA's commitment to fostering meaningful connections and driving positive change. By joining forces with like-minded organizations, we harness collective knowledge, experience, and resources to address the challenges of our time and create a brighter future for businesses, communities, and the environment. Together, we embrace the power of collaboration to bring about transformative outcomes and pave the way for a more sustainable and prosperous future.