Some things we do

Ecological Economics Modelling

Ecological economics is concerned with extending and integrating the study and management of ecology and economics. Our research in this field focuses on assessing the environment-economy trade-offs of economic activity. M.E has developed cutting-edge toolkits to assess the Footprints of critical natural resources and emissions, track Genuine Progress at regional and community levels, aid policy/decision making through integrated assessment using Spatially Explicit and Dynamic Decision Support Systems, and assess Ecosystem Service Valuation.

M.E’s work is applied at national, regional and local levels and our memorandum of understanding with Ecological Economics Research New Zealand (EERNZ) allows us to combine our capabilities with cutting edge research and ideas.

  • Systems Dynamics Modelling
    Many environment-economic systems are characterised by ‘complex’ feedbacks, time lags and non-linearities, e.g. economies, supply and demand cycles, foreign exchange rates, planning authority regulations, labour dynamics, etc. The presence of such feedbacks often means that cause-effect chains are not always obvious or apparent. Furthermore, ‘hidden’ limiting factors may exist which could constrain future outcomes. Systems Dynamics models are specifically designed to understand such systems and are a key tool in the field of ecological economics. M.E’s expertise in Systems Dynamics modelling helps clients understand and investigate the dynamic implications and tradeoffs associated with different policy options and corporate decisions.
Examples of our work:
  • Waikato Regional Council (A Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) for the Waikato Region)
  • Beacon Pathways (A Framework for Valuing Water Demand Management)

See also our Publications and Conference Papers

Contact Garry or Nicky to discuss work in this field.

View examples of Spatially Explicit and Dynamic Decision Support Systems co-developed by M.E:

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