Dr Peter Kinrade

Associate Director
PhD (Environmental Economics) (Melb.), MEnvSt (Tas.), BCom (Economics) (Melb.)


Environment & Climate Change, Energy & Clean Energy, Public Policy


Strategy design, Market design, Market performance & evaluation, Policy design, Governance & institutions, Policy evaluation & reform, Investment appraisal & business cases, Non-market valuation

Peter brings almost 30 years of experience in environmental economics, policy and management. Get in contact with Peter if you want to talk about climate change, waste or pollution. 

Clients work with Peter for his strong understanding of these issues and his experience in applying economic principles and sound decision making to assessing environmental policies and programs.

Since joining Marsden Jacob, Peter has worked on well over 100 projects on climate change, waste and pollution, including for government departments and agencies across Australia, local councils, non-government organisations and the private sector (manufacturing, energy and investment banking). Examples of his work include:

  • Investment appraisal. Peter has undertaken cost-benefit analysis (CBA) of many major national and state environmental policies and programs. These include CBAs of motor vehicle emission and energy efficiency standards, industry pollution and hazardous waste regulations, waste recycling programs and climate change adaptation initiatives on coastal management, flood management and water.
  • Non market valuation. Peter understands approaches to valuing non-market environmental and social impacts of policies and programs. He has applied these approaches to valuing the health and environmental impacts of pollution and hazardous waste, benefits of reducing litter and benefits of protecting natural areas.
  • Policy development and decision making. Peter has extensive experience developing and reviewing policies and programs on climate change, pollution and waste. His approach to policy development emphasises effectiveness, efficiency and innovation. He is the lead author of a guide for local councils on coastal adaptation decision-making, which has been cited as good adaptation practice.
  • Environmental risk assessment. Peter has extensive risk assessment experience, focusing on climate change risks.  He is a co-author of a guide on climate change risk assessment, which has been used extensively around Australia.

Before joining Marsden Jacob Peter worked on these issues with non-government organisations, government agencies, the private sector and in academia. He has deep and long standing knowledge of climate change. He was a member of the National Greenhouse Advisory Panel that proposed the first suite of national policies to address climate change in Australia and was a non-government environment advisor on the Australian Government delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. He has a PhD from the University of Melbourne (Environmental Economics), Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Tasmania and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne (Economics).

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