Dr Veronique Florec

Dr Veronique Florec

Veronique’s research explores the economics of prescribed burning and which fire regime is best for which area.  She will develop an economic model of prescribed burning that could subsequently analyse the cost and benefits of different fire management options and the economic value of species conservation and biodiversity.

This analysis incorporates biological information related to bushfires and fire regimes such as how the flora and fauna respond to different prescribed burning regimes, how the biota is affected by the spatial and temporal arrangement of fires and the effects of prescribed burning on reducing bushfire risk. This information will be integrated into an economic framework which will appraise bushfire impacts on communities, the environment and the economy.

Veronique completed her CRC PhD in July 2016, and now leads the CRC project on economics of natural hazards.

Project leadership

The 2015 Productivity Commission’s report on natural disaster funding arrangements in Australia found that governments overinvest in post-disaster reconstruction and underinvest in mitigation activities that would limit the impact of natural disasters. Given the multitude of natural hazards that require mitigation and response from government agencies and the tighter budgets at both state and national levels, natural hazards managers are increasingly under pressure to justify the use and allocation of resources for mitigation efforts.
Research team:

Student project

This PhD began at the Bushfire CRC and was completed in July 2016. It developed an economic model for evaluating different prescribed burning strategies. The model incorporates both biological information related to bushfires and fire regimes, as well as economic information about prescribed burning, suppression, and potential bushfire damages. The model uses the Australis wildfire simulator to simulate the spread of fires under different prescribed burning scenarios. The project has informed decision-makers on the costs and benefits of different prescribed burning strategies, the return on their investment, and the trade-offs between different options.
Supervisory panel:

Research team

Type Project Research team
Commissioned Research Quantifying catastrophic bushfire consequence vflorec, Kate Parkins, bcirulis
27 Aug 2019
When there is not enough information or time available to conduct indepth analyses of trade-offs...
Quick economic analysis tool: An efficient way to value mitigation
18 Sep 2018
In order to help natural hazards managers with the prioritisation of mitigation options and the...
Appreciating the whole picture: including intangible values in decision making
29 Jun 2017
Natural Hazards impact many things that people value: life, health, amenity, safety, recreation and...
Veronique Florec Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016
This project evaluates the tangible and intagible costs and benefits of natural hazards and...
Economics of Natural Hazards: Integrated Assessment
18 Aug 2015
How can we get the best value for money from public investments in natural hazard management? This...
Economic Analysis of Prescribed Burning for Wildfire Management in the South West of Western Australia
18 Aug 2015
This thesis explores the application of economic analysis to wildfire management and aims to...

Resources credited

Type Released Title Download Key Topics
Presentation-Slideshow 09 Jul 2019 Helping decision makers get value for money from public investments in natural hazard mitigation economics, planning, policy
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Sep 2018 How economics can help make important decisions when information is missing PDF icon Save (1.42 MB)
Presentation-Slideshow 17 Apr 2018 Economics of natural hazards PDF icon Save (4.06 MB) decision making, economics, multi-hazard
HazardNoteEdition 09 Nov 2017 Investing in prescribed burning: how much should we spend? PDF icon Save (267.53 KB) economics, policy, prescribed burning
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Sep 2017 Where do we put our dollars? Economic analysis of different bushfire management options in Western Australia PDF icon Save (1.54 MB) economics, emergency management, fire
Presentation-Slideshow 07 Sep 2017 Including the intangible benefits of bushfire mitigation in economic analyses: a 'value tool' for informed decision-making PDF icon Save (1.01 MB) decision making, economics, mitigation
Presentation-Audio-Video 05 Sep 2017 Research Forum - AFAC17 File Save (0 bytes) communication, emergency management, multi-hazard
Presentation-Slideshow 18 Apr 2017 Including Intangible Values in Natural Hazards Decision Making PDF icon Save (712.27 KB) economics, multi-hazard, policy
HazardNoteEdition 15 Dec 2016 What can economics offer emergency services? PDF icon Save (891.78 KB) decision making, economics, policy
Presentation-Slideshow 31 Aug 2016 Think long term: the costs and benefits of prescribed burning in the south west of Western Australia - Veronique Florec PDF icon Save (4.43 MB) economics, fire impacts, prescribed burning
Presentation-Slideshow 17 May 2016 Economics of Natural Hazards File Save (14.46 MB) economics, emergency management, multi-hazard
07 Jul 2015 Veronique Florec PhD Progress Report 2015 PDF icon Save (68.31 KB)
Presentation-Slideshow 08 May 2015 Economic Analysis of Bushfire Management Programs: A WA Perspective Presentation PDF icon Save (562.64 KB) economics, prescribed burning
Presentation-Slideshow 08 May 2015 Economic Analysis of Prescribed Burning for Wildfire Management in WA PDF icon Save (2.1 MB) economics, prescribed burning
Presentation-Slideshow 10 Apr 2015 Economics of Natural Disasters 2015 NSW RAF Presentation PDF icon Save (618.22 KB) economics, multi-hazard, policy

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