Christopher’s research interests reflect an advocacy for pluralism, transcending disciplinary boundaries. His research interests may be situated broadly within the economics of happiness and ecological economics. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in economics, an honours degree in economics (first class) and a PhD in economics for which he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for outstanding excellence. Reflecting a keen interest in the environment and social justice, Christopher undertakes research consultancy work for the City of Gold Coast Council, and is variously funded by St Vincent de Paul and the Institute for Social Science Research, for work in homelessness and disrupting disadvantage.

Applying predominantly statistical and more specifically, micro-econometric techniques, Christopher uses the life-satisfaction or experienced-preference method to non-market valuation in his research. He has investigated: the links between one’s local environment and their wellbeing; the determinants of wellbeing more broadly; and the different pathways through which wellbeing may be promoted. A self-described reflexive ‘economist with a conscience’, his research increasingly reflects a cognisance of the many and varied forms of injustice.

In his current research into homelessness and disrupting disadvantage, he aims to not only make a distinct and significant contribution to the body of knowledge but to also concomitantly produce research that is relevant, meaningful and socially significant.

Research Interests:

  • The Economics of Happiness
  • Ecological Economics
  • Social and Environmental Policy
  • Social Justice
  • Publications

    Ambrey, C., Ulichny, J. & Fleming, C., (forthcoming). On the social connectedness and life satisfaction nexus: A panel data analysis of women in Australia, Feminist Economics.

    Byrne, J., Ambrey, C., Lo, A., Matthews, T., Portanger, C., Baker, D., & Davison, A., (forthcoming) Could urban greening mitigate suburban thermal inequity?: The role of residents’ dispositions and household practices, Environmental Research Letters.

    Manning, M., Ambrey, C. & Fleming, C. (forthcoming). A longitudinal study of Indigenous wellbeing in Australia, Journal of Happiness Studies.

    Manning, M., Fleming, C. &. Ambrey, C. (forthcoming). The life satisfaction approach to estimating the cost of crime: An individual’s willingness-to-pay for crime reduction, Regional Studies.

    Ambrey, C. (2016). On the synergistic wellbeing benefits of greenspace and physical activity: The moderating role of perceptions of neighbourhood affability and incivility, Land Use Policy, 57, 638-644.

    Fleming, C., Manning, M. & Ambrey, C. (2016). Greenspace and life satisfaction: The moderating role of fear of crime in the neighbourhood, Landscape and Urban Planning, 149, 1-10.

    Ambrey, C., & Fleming, C. (2014). Public greenspace and life satisfaction in urban Australia. Urban Studies, 51, 1290-1321.

    Ambrey, C., & Fleming, C. (2014). The causal effect of income on life satisfaction and the implications for valuing non-market goods. Economics Letters, 123(2), 131-134.

    Ambrey, C., & Fleming, C. (2014). Life satisfaction in Australia: Evidence from ten years of the HILDA survey. Social Indicators Research, 115(2), 691-714.

    Ambrey, C., Fleming, C. & Chan, A. (2014). Estimating the cost of air pollution in South East Queensland: An application of the life satisfaction non-market valuation approach. Ecological Economics, 97(1), 172-181.

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • BCom (Economics) 
  • PhD (Economics) Hons (Economics)