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Dr Ray Marcos Martinez

Environmental And Natural Resources Economist


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Ray is an expert on agricultural and land use economics with more than 15 years of experience working in projects in Mexico, Australia, China and the U.S.A. He combines state-of-the-art economics and spatial data science methods to analyse policy-relevant issues related to the sustainable management of natural resources in rural and urban areas, and from local to global scales.
As part of the Sustainable Consumption and Production team his research contributes to providing scientific information to support policy and decision makers in decoupling resource needs from economic growth, societal progress, and sustainability. His work has been published in top, policy-oriented scientific journals such as Forest Policy and Economics, Land Use Policy, Energy Policy, Marine Policy, Environmental Science and Policy, and Ecosystem Services.
Ray is actively engaged in the delivery of research, reports, and industry insights to Australian Federal and State Governments, international ONGs, and industry partners.

Achievements and Awards

  • 2020-2020

    Customer Engagement and Delivery Culture Award
    CSIRO Land & Water

  • 2019-2019

    CSIRO Collaboration Medal
    CSIRO's Australian National Outlook team

  • 2015

    CSIRO's Agriculture Director’s Award for Impact Delivery (received as a member of the Land Use Modelling Team)

  • 2013

    Albert Marsh Environmental Sciences Scholarship
    University of California, Riverside

  • 2008-2013

    Dean's Distinguished Fellowship Award
    University of California, Riverside

  • 2008-2013

    Doctoral Fellowship Award
    The Mexican National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) - University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States

  • 2003-2003

    Outstanding Dissertation Award
    School of Economics, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

Academic Qualifications

  • 2013

    Ph.D. Environmental Sciences (Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Policy)
    University of California, Riverside, USA

  • 2010

    M.Sc. Environmental Sciences
    University of California, Riverside, USA

  • 2003

    B.Sc. Economics
    Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

Other highlights

  • June 2017-June 2021

    Adjunct Senior Research Fellow. University of South Australia.

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2014-2017

    Secretary of the South Australian branch of the AARES.

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