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Douglas MacFarlane

Douglas MacFarlane


Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building


I am a PhD Candidate based at the University of Western Australia, based in the Psychology Department. I have a Master of International Law from Sydney University (2014) and two bachelor degrees Science (Ecology) and Arts (Comparative Development) from the University of New South Wales (2008). I worked in fisheries management and compliance for 7 years for Fisheries Victoria, Australia. 

Research Interests

I am interested in how interventions, based on evidence from psychology and behavioural economics, can be better applied to deal with complex societal problems, such as addressing the illicit wildlife trade. One focus of my PhD is to develop a structured approach to designing and implementing behaviour change interventions. Another focus of my research is to apply this structured approach to designing new interventions and then to tests effectiveness of such interventions using an experimental auction mechanism.

I am also interested in the intersection between human trafficking and environmental degradation, and in particular, society’s responses to these two complex issues.  


  • Illicit Wildlife Trade
  • Behaviour Change
  • Human Trafficking

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Other Publications

  • MACFARLANE, Douglas (2015) “The Slave Trade and the Right of Visit under the Law of the Sea Convention: Exploitation in the Fishing Industry in New Zealand and Thailand” Asian Journal of International Law, 7(1), 94–123.