NWW Webinar | The economics of public open spaces under water scarcity

Date: Thursday 31st August 2023
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am (AWST)
Online Event: This online event will be held via Zoom. Register your information to receive the access link.

What are the benefits and costs of changing conventional public open space designs to alternatives that require less water?

Join Claire Doll as she discusses her 5 research studies; addressing the environmental, social, and economic costs and benefits associated with different urban greening strategies. 

Study 1: Rethinking urban park irrigation under climate change.
Study 2: Are greenspaces too green? Landscape preferences and water use in urban parks.
Study 3: Economic evaluation of alternative urban park designs that conserve irrigation water.
Study 4: Encouraging ecological landscape designs on underutilized urban lands: Homeowner preferences for verge conversion programs.
Study 5: Public attitudes towards water-conserving groundcovers on roadside nature strips.


Claire Doll is completing her PhD in environmental economics at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Claire’s research applies revealed- and stated-preference non-market valuation and benefit-cost analysis in evaluating the impacts of changing conventional public-open-space designs to alternatives that use less water.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Claire completed a Master of Science in Agricultural and Resource Economics (2017) and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Sciences (2015) at the University of Alberta. Claire’s MSc research focused on economic and policy considerations to the development of a second-generation biofuel industry in Alberta. During her BSc, Claire was involved in research projects examining agricultural land fragmentation and behavioural economic interventions to encourage pro-environmental behaviour.