Associate Professor Michael Vardon

Ph.D., M. Envi. Man. & Dev., Grad. Dip. Res. & Envi. Man., B.Ed
Associate Professor
ANU College of Science

Areas of expertise

  • Sustainability Accounting And Reporting 150106
  • Environmental Monitoring 050206
  • Environmental Management 050205
  • Ecological Economics 149902

Research interests

The developement and application of natural capital and ecosystem services accounting.


Dr. Michael Vardon researches and teaches environmental accounting at The Australian National University at the Fenner School of Environment and Society. His knowledge of environmental accounting spans the collection of basic data, account compilation, analysis and indicators as well as applications to public policy. His initial career focused on animal population dynamics and wildlife management but this shifted to environmental accounting in 2000 when he moved to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). At the ABS he worked on wide range of environmental topics, ultimately becoming the Director of the Centre of Environmental Statistics in 2005, a position he left in 2014, with secondments to the United Nations (2007-2009) and to the Bureau of Meteorology (2012-13) as an advisor on environmental accounting. He was a member of the Editorial Board of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting ('SEEA') of the United Nations and the Policy and Technical Expert Committee of the World Bank’s Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (‘WAVES’) Global Partnership. 


Researcher's projects

Accounting for the critically endangered Box-gum Grassy Woodlands

Buildling back better: an application of natural capital accounting

Institutional reform for a sustainable economy

Current student projects

Applying ecosystem accounting to environmental management in the Australian Capital Territory - Yuqing Chen

Ecosystem accounts to support Indigenous land management - Anna Normyle


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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