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Dr John Symons
Research Fellow
Phone number: 03 9919 1457
 
Email address:
John.Symons@vu.edu.au

Qualifications
BSc (Uni Melb), G Dip Ed (UNE), M Env Plan (Macquarie), PhD (VU)

Professional experience
John is an environmental economist and modeler who is currently working on a project for the the UNFPA on the investment case for health interventions for adolescents in Burundi.

He has also undertaken research with several local governments developing an economic framework for green infrastructure. Most recently he has participated in projects for the City of Melbourne on their Greening Laneways and Economic Evaluation of Green Roofs, Walls and Facades projects with a focus on public health benefits.

John did his PhD on the business case for voluntary emissions reductions using mathematical modelling techniques and has extensive experience teaching environmental studies, physics and maths..

Recent publications

Symons, J., Howard, E., Sweeny, K., Kumnick, M. and Sheehan, P. 2019, ‘Reduced road traffic injuries for young people: A preliminary investment analysis’, Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 65, no. 1, pp. S34-S43. At https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.01.009

Sheehan, P., Sweeny, K., Rasmussen, R., Wils, A., Friedman, H.S., Mahon, J., Patton, G.C., Sawyer, S.M., Howard, E., Symons, J., Stenberg, K., Chalasani, S., Maharaj, N., Reavley, N., Shi, H., Fridman, M., Welsh, A., Nsofor, E. and Laski, L. 2017, ‘Building the foundations for sustainable development: A case for global investment in the capabilities of adolescents’, The Lancet, online 19 April 2017, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30872-3.

Symons, J., Jones, R., Milne, R., & MacLeod, A. (2016). Economic Geography of Bushfire and Flood Vulnerability in Victoria at Statistic Local Area Scale.

Young, C., Symons, J. and Jones, R. 2016, 'Institutional Maps of Risk Ownership for Strategic Decision Making', Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, June, 46 pp.

Young, C., Jones, R. and Symons, J. 2016, 'Mapping and Understanding Bushfire and Natural Hazard Vulnerability and Risks at the Institutional Scale, Annual Project Report 2015–2016', to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, June, 18 pp.

Young, C., Symons, J. and Jones, R. 2016, 'Understanding Values at Risk And Risk Ownership: Workshop Synthesis Report', Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, June, 115 pp.

Jones, R.N., Young, C.K. and Symons, J. 2015, 'Mapping Values at Risk from Natural Hazards at Geographic and Institutional Scales: Framework Development', Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, July, 37 pp.

Jones, R.N., Symons, J. and Young, C. K. 2015,' Assessing the Economic Value of Green Infrastructure: Green Paper', Climate Change Working Paper No. 24, Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne, 77 pp.

Symons, J., Jones, R.N., Young, C.K. and Rasmussen, B. 2015, 'Assessing the Economic Value of Green Infrastructure: Literature Review', Climate Change Working Paper No 23, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C.K., Jones, R.N. and Symons, J. 2015, 'Mapping and Understanding our Values at Risk and Risk Ownership: Context Paper', workshop context paper for Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne, 33 pp.

Young, C.K., Symons, J. and Jones, R.N. 2015, 'Investing in Growth: Understanding the Value of Green Infrastructure Workshop Report', Report to City of Melbourne, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C.K., Symons, J. and Jones, R.N. 2015, 'Whose Risk is it Anyway? Desktop Review of Institutional Ownership of Risk Associated with Natural Hazards and Disasters', Report to Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Symons, J., Jones, R.N., Young, C.K. and Rasmussen, B. 2014, ‘Assessing the Economic Value of Green Infrastructure: Literature Review’, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Young, C.K, Symons, J. and Jones, R.N. 2014, ‘Investing in Growth – Understanding the Value of Green Infrastructure: Workshop Report’, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Swansson, J. and Symons, J. 2011, ‘Energy Efficiency Opportunities Program Costs and Benefits’, Sapere Research Group, Melbourne.

Symons, J. and Sheehan, P. 2009, ‘Australian Transport Sector and Climate Change’, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne and CRC for Rail Innovation, Brisbane.

Symons, J. 2009, ‘Social, Economic and Environmental Impacts of Modes’, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne and CRC for Rail Innovation, Brisbane.

Jolley, A., Symons, J. and Rasmussen, B. 2009, ‘Freight Infrastructure Issues’, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne and CRC for Rail Innovation, Brisbane.

Symons, J. 2009, ‘Operational and Transport Issues in Rail Passenger Transport’, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne and CRC for Rail Innovation, Brisbane.

Jolley, A. and Symons, J. 2009, ‘Technology and Commercialisation Developments’, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne and CRC for Rail Innovation, Brisbane.

Symons, J. 2001, ‘Good Neighbourhoods: A Worldwide Literature Review’, People for Places and Spaces, Department of Infrastructure, Victorian Government, Melbourne.