Dr Kerstin Zander

Ph.D (Environmental Economics), M.Sc.(Agricultural Science)

Senior Research Fellow

Kerstin is an agricultural scientist with a PhD in environmental and resource economics from the University of Bonn, Germany (graduated in 2006). Kerstin has worked for international agencies and research centres in developing countries (East/West Africa, South America) before moving to Australia in 2007 where she joined Charles Darwin University as a postdoctoral fellow.

Kerstin is an environmental economist and demographer. Kerstin has extensive experience in conducting surveys using quantitative methods, particularly stated preference approaches such as choice experiments. 

Research Interests

  • Indigenous cultural and natural resource management
  • Climate Change impact and adaptation
  • Agricultural innovations and poverty alleviation
  • Natural-based enterprises including tourism
  • The economics of biodiversity conservation
  • Human mobility
  • Non-market evaluation (choice modelling, contingent valuation)
  • Econometrics
  • Survey methods

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Research Projects

Current Projects

“Perceptions about heat stress and its economic consequences for people living in tropical humid Australia” - investigating whether increasing heat stress leads to lower productivity and, if so, for whom and in which employment sectors.

“Social acceptability of climate change adaptation strategies for conservation” in collaboration with Dr. Jürgen Meyerhoff from TU Berlin - investigating views of the public on a range of adaptation strategies proposed for the conservation of Australian biodiversity.

Publications & Resources

Books

Wale, E., Drucker, A.G., & Zander, K.K. (eds.) (2010).The economics of managing crop diversity on-farm - case studies from the Genetic Resources Policy Initiative. London, UK: Earthscan. 

Garnett, S. T., Coe, K., Golebiowska, K., Walsh, H., Zander, K.K., Guthridge, S., Li, S., & Malyon, R. (2008). Attracting and Keeping Nursing Professionals in an Environment of Chronic Labour Shortage: A Study of Mobility among Nurses and Midwives in the Northern Territory of Australia. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press.

Book Chapters

Garnett, S.T., Austin, B.J., & Zander, K.K. (in press). Culture-based enterprise opportunities for Indigenous people in the Northern Territory, Australia. In K. Iankova, A. Hassan, & R. L’Abbé (eds), Indigenous people and economic development. Farnham: Gower.

Garnett, S.T., & Zander, K.K. (2014). Implications of demography for sustainability in remote and regional communities. In A. Alek Tuen, M-A. Jayasilan & J. Grinang (eds.), RIMBA 3 - Sustaining Livelihood through Prudent Utilization and Management of Natural Resources (pp. 163-171). Sarawak, Malaysia: Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation. 

Zander, K.K., Pang, S.T., Tuen, A.A., & Garnett, S.T. (2014). Targeting the right person - Who would pay for protecting wild orang-utans in Sarawak? In A. Alek Tuen, M-A. Jayasilan & J. Grinang (eds.), RIMBA 3 - Sustaining Livelihood through Prudent Utilization and Management of Natural Resources (pp. 172-184). Sarawak, Malaysia: Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation. 

Zander, K.K., Garnett, S.T., & Noweg, G.T. (2012). Valuing the Orangutans of Sarawak. In M. Mokhtar & S. Abdul Halim (eds.), RIMBA2: Regional Sustainable Development in Malaysia and Australia (pp. 124-135). Bangi, Malaysia: LESTARI Publisher.

Asrat, S., & Zander, K.K. (2010). Economic Analysis of Ethiopian Farmers' Preferences for Crop Variety Traits: A Choice Experiment Approach. In E. Wale, A.G. Drucker & K.K. Zander (eds.), The economics of managing crop diversity on-farm - case studies from the Genetic Resources Policy Initiative (pp. 25-44). London, UK: Earthscan.

Wale, E., Zander, K.K., & Drucker, A.G. (2010). Findings, conclusions, implications and outlook. In E. Wale, A.G. Drucker & K.K. Zander (eds.), The economics of managing crop diversity on-farm - case studies from the Genetic Resources Policy Initiative (pp.125-136). London, UK: Earthscan.

Journal Articles

Zander, K.K., & Garnett, S.T. (under review). Indigenous residential movements in the Northern Territory of Australia – probabilistic forecasting of movements away from remote communities. Papers in Regional Science.

Madzimure, J., Chimonyo, M., Dzama, K., & Zander, K.K. (under review). The impact of swine fewer on the economic value of pigs in market-and subsistence-oriented production systems in South Africa. Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Garnett, S.T., James, R., Bigland, K., McGuiness, K., & Zander, K.K. (under review). Mission drift: have two decades of sustainable development rhetoric influenced the objectives of the world’s largest organizations? Conservation Biology.

Singh, R.K., Singh, A., Garnett, S.T., Zander, K.K., Lobsang, & Tsering, D. (under review). Paisang (Quercus griffithii): A Keystone Species in Sustainable Agroecosystem Management and Livelihood Adaptation in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Environmental Management.

Faustin, V., Adégbidi, A., Tossou, R., Assogba-Komlan, F., Ngouajio, M., Thibaut, M., Simon, S., Parrot, L., & K.K. Zander. (in press). Control of vegetable pests in Benin – farmers’ preferences for eco-friendly nets as an alternative to pesticides. Journal of Environmental Management.

Zander, K.K., Dunnett, D., Brown, C., Campion, O., Daniels, C., Daniels, G., et al. (2014). Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resources Management and Mobility in Arnhem Land, Northern AustraliaHuman Ecology, 42(1), 443-453

Zander, K.K., Taylor, A.J., & Carson, D.B. (2014). Impacts of service and infrastructure provision on Indigenous Australians’ mobility. Population, Space and Place. doi:10.1002/psp.1871.

Martin-Collado, M., Drucker, A.G., Carabaño, M.J. & Zander, K.K. (2014). Determination of non-market values to inform conservation strategies for the threatened Alistana-Sanabresa cattle breed. Animal, 8, 1373-1381.

Zander, K.K., Ainsworth, G., Meyerhoff, J., & Garnett, S.T. (2014). Threatened bird valuation in Australia. PLoS ONE 9(6): e100411.

Zander, K.K., Dunnett, D.R., Brown, C., Campion, O., Daniels, C., Daniels, G., Nelson, E., Daniels, G., Blitner, G., & Garnett, S.T. (2014). Indigenous natural and cultural resources management and mobility in Arnhem Land, northern Australia. Human Ecology, 42(3), 443-453.

Zander, K.K., Sing Tyan, P., Jinam, C., Tuen, A.A., & Garnett, S.T. (2014). Wild and valuable? Tourists’ preferences for improvements in orang-utan conservation. Conservation & Society, 12(1), 27-42.

Zander, K.K., Austin, B.J., & Garnett, S.T. (2014). Indigenous peoples’ interest in wildlife-based enterprises in the Northern Territory, Australia. Human Ecology, 42(1), 115-126.

Zander, K.K., Signorello, G., De Salvo, M., Gandini, G., & Drucker, A. (2013). Assessing the total economic value of threatened livestock breeds in Italy: Implications for conservation policyEcological Economics, 93(September), 219-229

Zander, K.K., Mwarcharo, J., Drucker, A., & Garnett, S.T. (2013). Constraints to effective adoption of innovative livestock production technologies in the Rift Valley (Kenya), Journal of Arid Environments, 96, 9-18

Zander, K.K., Signorello, G., De Salvo, M., Gandini, G., & Drucker, A.G. (2013). Assessing the total economic value of threatened livestock breeds in Italy. Ecological Economics, 93, 219-229.

Zander, K.K., Parkes, R., Straton, A., & Garnett, S.T. (2013). Water ecosystem services in northern Australia– how much are they worth and who should pay for their provision? PLoS ONE, 8(5), e64411.

Zander, K.K., Mwacharo, J.M., Drucker, A.G., & Garnett, S.T. (2013). Constraints to adopting livestock improvement technologies in Kenya: the case of Narok and Nakuru districts. Journal of Arid Environments, 96, 9-18.

Zander, K.K., Petheram, L., & Garnett, S.T. (2013). Stay or leave? - Potential climate change adaptation strategies among Aboriginal people in coastal communities in northern Australia. Natural Hazards, 67(2), 591-609.

Packer, C., Loveridge, A., Canney, S., Caro, T., Garnett, S.T., Pfeifer, M., Zander, K.K., et al. (2013). Conserving Large Carnivores: Dollars and Fence. Ecology Letters, 16, 635-641.

Zander, K.K. (2013). Understanding Public Support for Indigenous Natural Resource Management in Northern Australia. Ecology & Society, 18(1), 11.

Zander, K.K., Dunnett, D.R., Brown, C., Campion, O., & Garnett, S.T. (2013). Rewards for providing environmental services - where indigenous Australians' and western perspectives collide. Ecological Economics, 87, 145-154.

Lunt, I.D., Byrne, M., Hellmann, J.J., Mitchell, N.J., Garnett, S.T., Hayward, M.W., Martin, T.G., McDonald-Madden, E., Williams, S., & Zander, K.K. (2013). Managed relocation to restore ecosystem function and conserve biodiversity under climate change. Biological Conservation, 157, 172-177.

Zander, K.K., Petheram, L., & Garnett, S.T. (2013). Stay or leave? Potential climate change adaptation strategies among Aboriginal people in coastal communities in northern Australia, Natural Hazards, 67(2), 591-609

Madzimure, J., Chimonyo, M., Zander, K.K., & Dzama, K. (2012). Potential for using indigenous pigs in subsistence-oriented and market-oriented small-scale farming systems of Southern Africa. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 45(1), 135-142.

Madzimure, J., Zander, K.K., Dzama, K., & Chimonyo, M. (2012). Farmers’ perceptions of classical swine fever outbreak in communal pig production systems of South Africa. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 7(43), 5819-5826.

Madzimure, J., Chimonyo, M., Zander, K.K., & Dzama, K. (2012). Diurnal heat-related physiological and behavioural responses in South African indigenous gilts. Journal of Arid Environments, 87, 29-34.

Garnett, S.T., & Zander, K.K. (2011). Minimum viable population limitations ignore evolutionary history. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 26(12), 618-619.

Zander, K.K., & Garnett, S.T. (2011). The Economic Value of Environmental Services on Indigenous-Held Lands in Australia. PLoS ONE, 6(8), e23154.

Garnett, S.T., Joseph, L.N., Watson, J.E.M., & Zander, K.K. (2011). Investing in Threatened Species Conservation: Does Corruption Outweigh Purchasing Power? PLoS ONE, 6(7), e22749.

Ahmed, N., Zander, K.K., & Garnett, S.T. (2011). Socioeconomic aspects of rice-fish farming in Bangladesh: opportunities, challenges and production efficiency. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 55, 199-219.

Zander, K.K., (2011). Attitudes of Borana livestock keepers to breeding strategies – Threats and opportunities for on-farm conservation of local cattle. Journal of Agricultural Science, 3(2), June 2011.

Petheram, L., Zander, K.K., Campbell, B., High, D., & Stacey, N. (2010). ‘Strange changes’: Indigenous perspectives of climate change and adaptation in NE Arnhem Land (Australia). Global Environmental Change, 20, 681-692.

Zander, K.K., & Straton, A. (2010). An economic assessment of the value of tropical river ecosystem services: Heterogeneous preferences among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians. Ecological Economics, 69(12), 2417-2426.

Zander, K.K., Garnett, S.T., & Straton, A. (2010). Trade-Offs Between Development, Culture And Conservation – Willingness To Pay For Tropical River Management Among Urban Australians. Journal of Environmental Management, 91(12), 2519-2528.

Faustin, V., Adégbidi, A.A., Garnett, S.T., Koudandé, D.O., Agbo, V., & Zander, K.K. (2010). Peace, health or fortune?: Preferences for chicken traits in rural Benin. Ecological Economics, 69(9), 1849-1858.

Carson, D., Coe, K., Zander, K., & Garnett, S.T. (2010). Does the type of job matter? Recruitment to Australia's Northern Territory. Employee Relations, 32(2), 121-137.

Zander, K.K., Drucker, A.G., & Holm-Müller, K. (2009). Costing the Conservation of Animal Genetic Resources: The Case of Borana Cattle in Ethiopia and Kenya Journal of Arid Environments, 73(4-5), 550-556.

Zander, K.K., Drucker, A.G., Holm-Müller, K., & Simianer, H. (2009). Choosing the “cargo” for Noah’s Ark - applying the Metrick-Weitzman theorem to Borana cattle. Ecological Economics, 68, 2051-2057.

Garnett, S.T., Crowley, G.M., Hunter-Xenie, H.M., Kozanayi, W., Sithole, B., Palmer, C., Southgate, R., & Zander, K.K. (2009).Transformative Knowledge Transfer Through Empowering and Paying Community Researchers. Biotropica: The Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation, 41(5), 571-577.

Zander, K.K., & Drucker, A.G. (2008). Conserving what’s important: using choice model scenarios to value local cattle breeds in East Africa. Ecological Economics, 68, 34-45.

Omondi, I., Baltenweck, I., Drucker, A.G., Obare, G., & Zander, K.K. (2008). Economic Valuation of Sheep Genetic Resources: Implications for Sustainable Utilization in the Kenyan Semi-arid Tropics. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 40(8), 615-626.

Omondi, I., Baltenweck, I., Drucker, A.G., Obare, G., & Zander, K.K. (2008). Valuing Goat Genetic Resources: A Pro-poor Growth Strategy in the Kenyan Semi-arid Tropics. Tropical Animal Health and Production, 40(8), 583-596.

Conference Proceedings & Papers

Omondi, I., Baltenweck, I., Zander, K., & Bauer, S. (forthcoming). Using Dairy Hubs to Improve Farmers’ Access to Milk Markets in Kenya: Gender and its Implications. Paper accepted to be presented at The Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) Conference 2014: Economic Development in Africa, Oxford. 23-25 March 2014.

Madzimure, J., Chimonyo, M., Zander, K.K., & Dzama, K. (2012). Opportunities and constraints for communal pig production in South Africa. Paper presented at the 45th South African Society for Animal Science (SASAS) Congress, East London, Eastern Cape Province. 9-12 July 2012.

Omondi, I., Baltenweck, I., Zander, K., & Bauer, S. (2012). Letting Farmers Decide: Supporting Dairy Farming through Delivery of Preferred Breeding Services. Paper presented at the CSAE Conference 2012: Economic Development in Africa, Oxford. 18-20 March 2012.

Zander, K. (2009). The value of Australia’s tropical ecosystem services. Charles Darwin University, Darwin.

Drucker, A.G., Zander, K.K., & Ainsworth, G. (2008). Landscape design for maintaining ecosystem services in tropical agricultural landscapes. Economics Component Report, School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University, Australia.

Research Reports

Zander, K.K., Taylor, A., & Carson, D. (2012). Temporary Indigenous mobility in the Northern Territory - What has changed between 2006 and 2011? Research Brief 201209. Darwin: Charles Darwin University.

Zander, K.K., Taylor, A., & Carson, D. (2012). Technology adoption and temporary Indigenous mobility in the Northern Territory. Research Brief 2012. Darwin: Charles Darwin University.

Carson, D., & Zander, K. (2012). When Census Night is not a ‘Usual’ Night - Comparing place of enumeration and place of usual residence for Indigenous people in the Northern Territory using 2006 and 2011 Census. Research Brief 201206. Darwin: Charles Darwin University..

Straton, A., & Zander, K. (2009). The value of Australia’s tropical ecosystem services. . Darwin: Charles Darwin University & CSIRO.

Drucker, A.G., Zander, K.K., & Ainsworth, G. (2008). Landscape design for maintaining ecosystem services in tropical agricultural landscapes. Economics Component Report. School for Environmental Research, Charles Darwin University.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Veronica Toral (associate supervisor). Thesis title: Human mobility in the Galapagos Islands: Impacts, threats and possible solutions.
  • Bethune Carmichael (associate supervisor). Thesis title: A framework for the adaptation of Indigenous heritage sites to the impacts of climate change.

Contacts

T: +61 8 8946 7368
E: kerstin.zander@cdu.edu.au

Darwin, NT

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