Dr Katrina Davis commenced at the University of Queensland (UQ) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in July 2015. Her research investigates optimal use of natural resources to maximise the productivity of human and ecological systems. She is interested in how management costs can be incorporated into spatial planning, and how these costs will affect the success of management outcomes and stakeholder-engagement with zoning regimes. Her current research examines how to integrate expert and stakeholder preferences for marine ecological features by incorporating non-market valuation into marine spatial optimisation.
Dr Davis completed her PhD, Economic benefits and costs of spatial marine management, in 2016 through the University of Western Australia under the supervision of Professor David Pannell, Dr Marit Kragt and Dr Steven Schilizzi. As part of her PhD she worked with Dr Stefan Gelcich and Professor Juan Carlos Castilla at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile to investigate optimal management of coastal marine environments in Chile.
Dr Davis most recent publication was an assessment of why artisanal fishers in Chile might choose not to enforce their marine user rights, published in the journal of Environmental & Resource Economics. In 2015, her paper Accounting for enforcement costs in the spatial allocation of marine zones, won the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Quality of Research Communication award, and the Best Work Accepted for Publication award from the University of Western Australia.