Tanya O’Garra is an Environmental and Behavioural Economist with over ten years of experience conducting research on the economic value and allocation of environmental resources. Her current research addresses the critical issue of cooperation around the management of public goods and common pool resources, particularly in rural developing country contexts.

In 2016, Tanya joined Middlesex University, where she is a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Economics, and lead of the Sustainable Development Research Cluster.

Her research at Middlesex includes a multi-partner British Academy-funded project, which she leads, that aims to identify the impact of community-based coastal resource management on livelihoods, wellbeing, governance, fisheries and the distribution of benefits among different social groups in Fiji. She also conducts economic experiments examining redistribution behaviour, preferences for fairness, and the impacts of conformity, moral identity and political affiliation on behaviour preferences.

Prior to working at Middlesex, Tanya was an Earth Institute Fellow at Columbia University. She has also worked at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, and the University of the Basque Country in Spain.

Selected Publications

  • O’Garra, T. and Alfredo, K. C.R. (2019). Communication, Observability and Collective Action: a Field Experiment around Water Management in India. Water Resources & Economics, 27, 100-134
  • O’Garra, T. (2017). Economic value of ecosystem services, minerals and oil in a melting Arctic: a preliminary assessment. Ecosystem Services, 24, 180-186.
  • O’Garra, T., & Mourato, S. (2016). Are we willing to give what it takes? Willingness to pay for climate change adaptation in developing countries. Journal of Environmental Economics & Policy, 5(3), 249-264
  • O’Garra, T. (2012). Economic valuation of a traditional fishing ground on the Coral Coast of Fiji. Ocean and Coastal Management, 56, 44-55
  • O’Garra, T. (2009). Bequest values for marine resources: how important for indigenous communities in less-developed economies? Environmental and Resource Economics, 44(2), 179-202