New South Wales

Unpacking the Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Australia


From: Wednesday September 27, 2023, 12:15 pm

To: Wednesday September 27, 2023, 1:30 pm

THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED - Please email to be added to the wait list. 

RESCHEDULE to September 27 2023, 12:15pm.

Join us for this event with Professor Tom Kompas from The University of Melbourne, Emma Richardson from the Commonwealth Treasury, and Nicki Hutley, Independent Economist, as they unpack different aspects of the Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Australia.

In this session, three leading economists working in the field, we will discuss the economic impacts of climate change, what it looks like in Australia and how it affects regions, industries and policies. We will cover issues such as economic damages, what the economic modelling tells us in Australia and abroad, and implications for policymakers and businesses.

This lunchtime event will include an interactive Q&A session. This event is an in-person event only. If you have not already registered please register below.

About the Speakers

Professor Tom Kompas, University of Melbourne
Tom Kompas is a Professor of Environmental Economics and Biosecurity in the School of Biosciences and the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Chief Investigator in the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA) and Research Group Director of the Centre for Environmental and Economic Research (CEER) at the University of Melbourne. Tom is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences Australia, a recipient of the Eureka Prize in Science and a Distinguished Fellow of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. He was Director of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU from 2009 to 2015.

Emma Richardson, Climate and Industry Modelling, Commonwealth Treasury
Emma is an Economist with over 10 years of experience in decarbonisation strategy and public policy advice specialising in energy and climate. Her previous work has included public policy design for the EV transition, energy customer behaviour insights, long term labour market analysis and energy market design. She currently leads a team in the Treasury providing regional economic analysis of climate change impacts. Previously, she led Climate Change Policy as a Director in the ACT Government and provided analysis on energy markets and economic policy with Deloitte Access Economics. She has a Masters of Economics from Monash University and is a mentor to early career economists.

Nicki Hutley, Independent Economist and Councillor, Climate Council
Nicki Hutley is a highly experienced economist, with experience in financial and investment markets as well as economic consulting. Nicki has applied economic theory to a wide range of policy portfolios, but her passion lies in understanding and responding to the challenges of climate change (as a Councilor on the Climate Council) and supporting excellence in social impact programs (as Economics Consultant at Social Outcomes). Nicki believes the ESA plays an important role in Australian economic policy debates and enjoys being a part of the ESA Council and helping to engage a broad membership. Her personal mission is to bring an understanding of economics to a much wider part of the Australian electorate. Nicki is also an avid reader, cat lover, nature photographer and traveller.

Moderator: Kar Mei Tang, UN PRI
Dr Kar Mei Tang is the Head of Australia and New Zealand for the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, the world's leading proponent of responsible investment. She previously held senior executive roles in the NSW Government including in the Environment Protection Authority, Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, and Department of Premier and Cabinet. She was also formerly Head of Policy and Research with the Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (now Australian Investment Council). She began her career as a financial regulator. Kar Mei has a PhD in Economics and holds various advisory and governance positions including on the Gateway Bank’s Sustainability Advisory Board, Deakin University’s Real Estate Advisory Board, Economic Society of NSW Council, and as Deputy Chair of the Women in Economics National Committee.


If you have previously registered it is not necessary to rebook. Your booking has automatically been moved to the event on September 27th, 2023.

If you can no longer attend, please let us know so that your place can be given to another member. If you require a non-member attendance fee refund, please contact us soonest so that we can reimburse you.

For new registrations please book online below. Registration is free for ESA members, and $10 for non-members.


Macquarie University City Campus. Please see reception on Level 24 upon arrival.

123 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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