Researcher biography

Paul Elton is a PhD student at the Australian National University (affiliated with CBCS with UQ’s Professor Martine Maron as a co-supervisor). His applied social science research seeks to better understand what it would take, in terms of public funding and reforms, to enable Australian governments to achieve the biodiversity restoration, conservation, and recovery objectives (targets 2, 3, and 4, and Goal A) of the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) to halt and reverse biodiversity loss in Australia; and what may be required to catalyse the necessary urgent and transformative action. To examine the question of public funding, 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 (consistent with targets 18 and 19 of the GBF).   


Elton P and Fitzsimons JA (2023). Framework features enabling faster establishment and better management of privately protected areas in New South Wales, Australia. Frontiers in Conservation Science. 4:1277254. doi: 10.3389/fcosc.2023.1277254