Meet the M.E Team

Garry McDonald PhD Ecological Economics



Mobile Number+64 21 735 999

Phone Number+64 9 915 5520

LinkedIn ProfileView LinkedIn Profile


Garry has over 16 years' experience consulting in environmental, social and economic analysis. During this time he has undertaken a wide range of project/policy evaluation and feasibility studies for various commercial and public sector clients.

His research interests have focused on the integration of the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability, particularly in the urban context. This includes applied interests in the development of Spatial Decision Support Systems, Ecological Economics, Input-Output Analysis, Computable General Equilibrium, Optimisation, Numerical Simulation, Agent Based and Systems Dynamics modelling. He also has an interest in the development of indicators including Footprinting, Genuine Progress Indicators, and Full Cost Accounting.


He currently leads Objective 2 of the Sustainable Pathways 2 Ministry of Science and Innovation research programme. This six year research programme runs focuses on the development of a Spatially Explicit Dynamic Decision Support System for Auckland and Wellington regions. The model integrates existing land use change, economic, demographic, transport and environmental models together. Based on future scenarios of economic growth and development assess the likely land use implications at a 50m x 50m resolution over a 30 year time horizon.

Areas of Expertise

Spatial and Economic Modelling | Computable General Equilibrium Modelling | Input-Output Modelling | Environment Input-Output Modelling | Optimisation Modelling | Urban and Regional Economics | Economic Growth Modelling | Geographic Information Systems (GIS) | Spatial and Land Use Analysis | Ecological Economics Modelling | Systems Dynamics Modelling | Integrated Spatial Decision Support Systems | Ecosystem Services Evaluation | Ecological and Resource Footprinting | Genuine Progress Indicator | Non Market Valuation | Social Accounting | Benefits Transfer Analysis | Industrial, Urban and Systems Ecology | Agent Based Modelling | Multi Criteria Analysis | Spatial/Location Analysis | Economic, Social and Environmental Impact Assessment | Cost Benefit (and Effectiveness) Analysis | Policy Analysis and Advice | Infrastructure Funding and Investment | Resource Management and Planning

Professional Distinctions and Memberships

International Input-Output Association (IIOA) | International Society of Ecological Economics (ISEE) | Australia and New Zealand Society of Ecological Economics (ANZSEE) | Invited Professor Universite de Versailles, Paris, France, 2007 and 2010 | Honorary Research Fellow, Massey University, 2009-2012 | Massey University Research Medal, 2009 | Trustee of the NZ Foundation for Progress and Wellbeing Charitable Trust | Trustee of the ANewNZ Charitable Trust