Helena is an agricultural economist with experience working across diverse interdisciplinary research settings in Australia and developing country contexts. Central to her research is understanding what drives and influences private decisions in relation to social goals. Some areas of her applied research include the economics of land degradation in agricultural landscapes, drivers of farmer participation in conservation, and understanding how policy mechanism design can impinge upon social drivers of practice change.
Her current research with the Sustainable Farms project is focused on evaluating farm financial performance under a range of sustainable land management scenarios and understanding the diverse social, economic and human dimensions of land management practice change for achieving biodiversity conservation outcomes at the farm and landscape level.
Clayton H, Mylek MR, Schirmer J, Cary GJ, Dovers SR (2014) Exploring the use of economic evaluation in Australian wildland fire management decision-making. International Journal of Wildland Fire 23: 555-566.
Milne M, Clayton H, Dovers S, Cary GJ (2014) Evaluating benefits and costs of wildland fires: Critical review and future applications. Environmental Hazards 13: 114-132.
Cary G, Collett E, Gill M, Clayton H, Dovers D (2012) Future scenarios for Australian bushfires: Report on a Bushfire CRC workshop. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 27: 34-40.
Schirmer, J, Dovers, S and Clayton, H. 2012, 'Informing conservation policy design through an examination of landholder preferences: A case study of scattered tree conservation in Australia', Biological Conservation, vol. 153, pp. 51-63.
Schirmer, J., Clayton. H. and Sherren, K. 2012. Reversing scattered tree decline on farms: implications of landholder practice and perceptions in the Lachlan catchment, NSW. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management 19(2): 91-107
Sherren, K, Yoon, H, Clayton, H, Schirmer, J. 2012, 'Do Australian graziers have an offset mindset about their farm trees?', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 363-383.
Sherren, K, Fischer, J, Clayton, H, Hauldren, A and Dovers, S. 2011, 'Lessons from visualising the landscape and habitat implications of tree decline - and its remediation through tree planting - in Australia's grazing landscapes', Landscape and Urban Planning, vol. 103, pp. 248-258.
Sherren, K, Fischer, J, Clayton, H, Schirmer, J and Dovers, S. 2010, 'Integration by case, place and process: transdisciplinary research for sustainable grazing in the Lachlan River catchment, Australia', Landscape Ecology, vol. 25, pp. 1219-1230.