Stephanie McWhinnie

Dr Stephanie McWhinnie

Senior Lecturer

School of Economics and Public Policy

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Stephanie has been at Adelaide since 2006 following the completion of her postgraduate studies in Canada. Her interest areas are in natural resource and environmental economics with a particular focus on fisheries. There are three main areas of her research: international sharing; productivity analysis; and behavioural responses. In each area she has made a difference in the way in which we think about fisheries economics through developing new datasets to examine unanswered questions; adapting tools to be more applicable to analysing fisheries from an economics perspective; or identifying unexplored aspects of fishing behaviour.

I am an applied microeconomist with primary areas of research interest in natural resource and environmental economics. Most of my work is focused on fisheries, with particular interest in interjurisdictional sharing (typically panel data analysis) and productivity (data envelopment analysis and index number decomposition). I also have work on household energy use and deforestation.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Otumawu-Apreku, K., & F. McWhinnie, S. (2021). The role of fixed cost and non-discretionary variables in fisheries: The case of South Australian rock lobster. Marine Policy, 133, 11 pages.
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    2020 Otumawu-Apreku, K., & McWhinnie, S. (2020). Profit Efficiency of the South Australian rock lobster fishery: A Nerlovian and directional distance function approach. Marine Policy, 117, 12 pages.
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    2020 Haensch, J., Wheeler, S. A., & McWhinnie, S. (2020). Community attitudes towards marine parks in South Australia. Marine Policy, 104121.
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    2019 Chesnokova, T., & McWhinnie, S. F. (2019). International fisheries access agreements and trade. Environmental and Resource Economics, 74(3), 1207-1238.
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    2018 Peters, B., & McWhinnie, S. (2018). On the rebound: estimating direct rebound effects for Australian households. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 62(1), 65-82.
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    2012 Long, N., & McWhinnie, S. (2012). The tragedy of the commons in a fishery when relative performance matters. Ecological Economics, 81, 140-154.
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    2012 McWhinnie, S. (2012). Renewable resource economics. The Australian Economic Review, 45(2), 246-254.
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    2009 McWhinnie, S. (2009). The tragedy of the commons in international fisheries: An empirical examination. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 57(3), 321-333.
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  • Books

    Year Citation
    2016 Dobrescu, L. I., Motta, A., & McWhinnie, S. F. (2016). Principles of Economics. Lionsheart Studios.
    2015 Dobrescu, L. I., Motta, A., Faravelli, M., & McWhinnie, S. F. (2015). Principles of Microeconomics. Lionsheart Studios.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2007 McWhinnie, S. (2007). The impact of rights-based management regimes on fishery productivity. In Alicia Rambaldi (Ed.), Proceedings of ESAM07 (pp. 1-31). Australia: University of Queensland.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2015 Jennings, S., Coglan, L., McWhinnie, S. F., Pascoe, S., Tisdell, J., & Frusher, S. (2015). Building economic capability to improve the management of marine resources in Australia: final report (FRDC Project No 2008/306).

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation 2020-2022 "Measuring, Interpreting and Monitoring Economic Productivity in Commercial Fisheries" with CSIRO, University of Central Queensland, BDO EconSearch, ABARES, PIRSA, QDAF $248,000

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation 2009-2015 “Building Economic Capability to Improve the Management of Marine Resources in Australia” with University of Tasmania, Queensland University of Technology and CSIRO $950,000

University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Women’s Fellowship Scheme 2013 $15,000

University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Momentum Fund Grant 2012-2013 “Who Makes Fisheries Access Agreements with Whom?” with Tatyana Chesnokova $7,000

University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Small Research Grant 2008 “What Determines Fish Prices on a Global Scale” $7,000 

Australian Resource and Environmental Economics Society, Heading East Award 2013 $1,000

University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Learning Development Grant 2017 “The Effect of Grade Feedback on Student Performance” with Ralph Bayer and Mandar Oak $3,000

University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Whole-Program Blending Grant 2015/2016 “Postgraduate Coursework Programs in Economics” with Florian Ploeckl, Mark Dodd, Paul Kerin, Mandar Oak, Nicholas Sim and Virginie Masson $54,800

University of Adelaide, Faculty of the Professions, Learning Development Grant 2015 “Economics Research Communication” with Florian Ploeckl and Virginie Masson $10,000

University of Adelaide Grant for Technology Enhanced Learning Projects 2014 “Bringing Playconomics to Adelaide” $10,000

University of Adelaide Implementation Grant for Learning and Teaching Enhancements 2010 “Diagnostic Testing and Online Tools in Economics Level 1 Mathematics Courses” with David Butler $5,000

University of Adelaide, School of Economics, Certificate of Recognition for PhD Supervision in 2013

My areas of teaching are in natural resource, environmental and microeconomics.  I have taught: Principles of Microeconomics; Principles of Economics; Consumers, Firms and Markets (Intermediate Micro); Resource and Environmental Economics; and Challenges Facing Economic Policy Makers.

I typically teach Principles of Economics and Resource and Environmental Economics.  All course related information is available on MyUni.

I am a coauthor of two textbooks as part of the Playconomics learning package

“Principles of Microeconomics” with Isabella Dobrescu, Alberto Motta and Marco Faravelli (2015) Lionsheart Studios.

“Principles of Economics” with Isabella Dobrescu and Alberto Motta (2016) Lionsheart Studios.

I have also supervised Honours, Masters of Applied Economics, Masters of Economics, and PhD students. 

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Economic Growth, Income Inequality and Emissions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ruyi Shi
    2021 Co-Supervisor The changing nature of occupations and wage inequality Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Francesco Roncone
    2020 Co-Supervisor Environment and Society: Finding Solutions in Models, Markets and Minds Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin Sean Freeling
    2018 Co-Supervisor Essays on the macroeconomic impact of monetary policy, fiscal policy and financial development: An empirical investigation. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ayasha Akter
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2021 Co-Supervisor ESSAYS ON THE TWIN DEVELOPMENT CRISES OF PUBLIC DEBT AND CLIMATE DISTRESS: EVIDENCE FROM DEVELOPING ECONOMIES Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Warnakulasooriya Lakmini Priyanthi Fernando
    2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Matters of Management, Sustainability, and Efficiency: Essays in Fisheries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Kofi Otumawu-Apreku
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2009 - ongoing Member Australian Fisheries Economics Network Australia
    2007 - ongoing Member Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society - SA Branch Australia
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2019 - 2023 South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Panel Assessor Legislative and political Australia
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Research Integrity Adviser Advice University of Adelaide
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135756
  • Email: stephanie.mcwhinnie@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8223 1460
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 3
  • Room: 3 24
  • Org Unit: Economics

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