Clem Tisdell

Clem Tisdell

Clement Allan Tisdell (born 18 November 1939 in Taree, New South Wales) is an Australian economist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Queensland. He is best known for his work in environmental and ecological economics.


Academic background

Clem Tisdell obtained his bachelor degree in Commerce (majoring in Economics) from the University of New South Wales in 1961 and his doctorate in Economics from the Australian National University in 1964. During his professorship he has concurrently occupied various academic offices: acting head of the Department of Economics at the Australian National University, dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce at the University of Newcastle, deputy director of the School of Marine Sciences and head of the Department of the School of Economics at the University of Queensland.

Academic interests

While Clem Tisdell is commonly recognised as an ecological economist,[1] his research interests are diverse. His contribution to the literature on the environment, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development notwithstanding, his research and writing encompass various areas that include poverty, trade and globalisation, economic development, welfare economics, tourism, natural resources, the economics and socioeconomics of China and India, socioeconomic gender issues, economic theory (e.g., bounded rationality and economic evolution) and the history of economic thought.[2]

Clem Tisdell is among the top three most prolific economists in Australia.[3][4] Apart from academic articles, he has authored microeconomics textbooks[5] and monographs on the economics of environmental conservation. Under the RePEc project (Research Papers in Economics), Tisdell is ranked among the top 5% of all registered economic authors.[6] In terms of the 'number of distinct works' produced, RePEc ranks him #11 globally.[7]

A comprehensive account of Tisdell's body of work can be found at both his University of Queensland webpage and the University of Queensland Library's online catalogue (see external links below).


  1. ^ Patterson, M.G. 2006. Development of ecological economics in Australia and New Zealand. Ecological Economics 56(3): 312-331.
  2. ^ Lodewijks, J. 2007. A conversation with Clem Tisdell. Economic Analysis & Policy 37(2): 119-143.
  3. ^ Sinha, D. and Macri, J. 2004. Rankings of economists in teaching economics departments in Australia, 1988−2000. Economics Bulletin 1(4): 1-19.
  4. ^ Macri, J. and Sinha, D. 2006. Ranking methodology for international comparisons of institutions and individuals: an application to economics in Australia and New Zealand. Journal of Economic Surveys 20(1): 111-156
  5. ^ Dollery, B. and Wallis, J. 1996. An interview with Clem Tisdell. International Journal of Social Economics 23(4/5/6): 20-48.
  6. ^ RePEc. 2010. Top 5% Authors, as of January 2010: Average Rank Score
  7. ^ RePEc. 2010. Top 5% Authors, as of January 2010: Number of Distinct Works. [1]

Selected publications

  • Tisdell, C. 2010. Resource and Environmental Economics: Modern Issues and Applications. World Scientific: Singapore. ISBN 978-981-23-394-5.
  • Tisdell, C. 2009. The production of biofuels: welfare and environmental consequences for Asia. Working papers in Economics, Ecology and the Environment, No. 159. School of Economics, University of Queensland: Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Tisdell, C. and Swarna Nantha, H. 2007. Comparison of funding and demand for the conservation of the charismatic koala with those for the critically endangered wombat. Biodiversity and Conservation 16: 1261-1281.
  • Tisdell, C. 2006. Knowledge about a species' conservation status and funding for its preservation: analysis. Ecological Modelling 198(3-4): 515-519.
  • Tisdell, C., Wilson, C. and Swarna Nantha, H. 2005. Policies for saving a rare Australian glider: economics and ecology. Biological Conservation 123(2): 237-248.
  • Tisdell, C. 2005. Economics of Environmental Conservation (2nd ed.). Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, Mass., USA. ISBN 1-84376-614-0.
  • Tisdell, C. 2005. Elephants and polity in ancient India as exemplified by Kautilya's Arthasastra (Science of Polity). Working papers in Economics, Ecology and the Environment, No. 120. School of Economics, University of Queensland: Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Tisdell, C. 2003. Socioeconomic causes of loss of animal genetic diversity: analysis and assessment. Ecological Economics 45(3): 365-376.
  • Tisdell, C. 2001. Globalisation and sustainability: environmental Kuznets curve and the WTO. Ecological Economics 39(2): 185-196.
  • Tisdell, C. 1997. Capital/natural resource substitution: the debate of Georgescu-Roegen (through Daly) with Solow/Stiglitz. Ecological Economics 22(3): 289-291.
  • Tisdell, C. and Chai, J.C.H. (ed.). 1997. China's Economic Growth and Transition: Macroeconomic, Regional, Environmental and Other Dimensions. Nova Science Publishers: New York, USA. ISBN 1-56072-524-9.
  • Tisdell, C. 1988. Sustainable development: Differing perspectives of ecologists and economists, and relevance to LDCs. World Development 16(3): 373-384.

External links

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