Australian Capital Territory


ESA (ACT) Economics of Surfing


From: Thursday September 15, 2022, 12:00 pm

To: Thursday September 15, 2022, 2:00 pm

The Economics of Surfing: 15 September 

Guest Speaker: Dr Ana Manero 

The Economic Society of Australia (ACT) invites you to attend a presentation on the Economics of Surfing by Dr Ana Manero. 

Dr Manero is a post-doc research fellow at the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy, working on water economics and governance. Ana's current research is focused on improving the understanding and valuation of water resources, for resilient decision-making and greater water justice. Ana completed her PhD at the ANU in 2018, with a thesis titled: 'Water distribution within smallholder irrigation schemes in Tanzania and its implications for economic inequality'. Ana holds a PhD in agricultural economics (Australian National University) and B.Sc. and M. Sc. civil and environmental engineering (UPC-Barcelona and ENPC-Paris).

What is Surfing Economics?

Surfing brings personal, financial and environmental benefits to thousands of communities across the world. ‘Surfing Economics’ is the body of research dedicated to the understanding of the multiple, complex values of surfing.  

Surfing is essentially free– jumping in the water, paddling and catching a wave. We do not pay to catch waves. Waves have no price. But having no price does not mean waves have no value. Quite the opposite. Surfing is a lifestyle sport that contributes to the physical, mental and social wellbeing of millions of surfers across the world. Further, avid surfers spend thousands of dollars in equipment and travel, feeding billions of dollars into local and global economies. ‘Surfing economics’ is based on the long-standing discipline of ‘environmental economics’ and, in particular, on a set of methods known as ‘non-market-valuation’. In essence, these methods try to quantify the ‘worth’ or ‘value’ of things that cannot be bought or sold – for there is no market.


Event Details: 

Date: Thursday, 15 September 2022

Time: 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm 

Location: The Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street, Canberra City, ACT 2600

Cost: No charge for ESA ACT Members, $20 non-members 

RSVP: By COB Tuesday, 13 September, please register HERE

Registration is essential. A light lunch will be provided. 



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The Griffin Centre

20 Genge Street, Canberra City ACT 2601

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