Researcher biography

Paul Elton is a PhD scholar at the Australian National University (affiliated with CBCS via UQ’s Professor Martine Maron as a co-supervisor).

Paul’s applied social science research is seeking to understand costs and public funding needs, and to identify options for practical, innovative, and transformative reforms, to enable Australian governments to achieve the conservation objectives of the Global Biodiversity Framework. Paul’s research will also seek to better understand the extent to which private funding and the potential to reform or repurpose biodiversity harmful subsidies may contribute to these objectives and reduce the call on governments’ budgets.

Paul is also a non-executive director with Greening Australia, which works on restoration programs, nature-based solutions to climate change, and native seed production here in Australia; and with NatureCo, a global for-purpose business which works to deliver high-integrity and high-impact nature-based carbon projects in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Latin America.