Dr Andrew Reeson, Research Scientist, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems.

Dr Andrew Reeson is an experimental economist working to understand factors behind human decision-making.

Dr Andrew Reeson: behavioural economist

Dr Andrew Reeson applies experimental economics to understand how people make decisions in order to inform the design of environmental policy and markets.

  • 26 September 2006 | Updated 11 October 2013

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

Dr Andrew Reeson is an economist with CSIRO Computational Informatics in Canberra. His current work is centred on innovation and the service sector, including the impact of next generation broadband on the delivery of services by business and government. This involves applying econometric modelling and behavioural economics to better understand human decision-making and inform the design of innovation policy.

He is also interested in market design, and has worked on markets addressing a range of environmental policy issues including carbon, water buybacks, salinity mitigation, biodiversity conservation and even feral camel control.

Dr Reeson led a major research project integrating economic design principles with behavioural economics and landscape ecology to develop a policy approach to address landscape-scale conservation objectives through competitive tenders. This involved integrating economic theory and experiments with landscape ecology, work which has been influential in both academic and policy circles.

Dr Reeson’s work involves developing and applying experimental economics to address environmental and natural resource governance issues.

Another policy highlight was contributing an invited review of behavioural economics for the Henry Tax Review, the key findings of which were taken up by the Review. He has 25 published papers across a broad range of topics, which have been cited over 500 times in the academic literature.

With colleagues he has established the Resources, Energy and Environmental Markets Laboratory (REEML) at the University of Sydney, which now runs a range of experimental economics-based research projects.

REEML provides the opportunity to test both economic theory and proposed policy interventions under controlled laboratory conditions, contributing rigorous empirical science to inform policy design.


Originally an ecologist, Dr Reeson has formal training in both ecology and economics, and research experience in the United Kingdom, Africa and Australasia. 

He spent four years as a virologist and microbiologist at the Institute of Virology & Environmental Microbiology in Oxford, United Kingdom, and was involved in some of the early field trials of genetically modified organisms. 

Dr Reeson also has experience of field ecology and molecular biology. 

Academic qualifications

Dr Reeson has been awarded the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Biological Sciences), University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 1995
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology & Biocontrol), Southampton University, United Kingdom, 1998
  • Masters (Natural Resource Economics), University of Queensland, Australia, 2005.

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