Project title: 

Lost power in Australia

Project duration:

6 weeks



This project aims to produce a database and evaluate Australia’s and the global value of reliability improvement in the electricity services.  Specifically, the focus is on electricity reliability (value of service) and the role of renewable energy in Australia and global markets including reducing interruption costs i.e. power outages or “black out”. Data gaps will be highlighted and any overarching trends will be analysed as it relates to the overall issue of electricity service reliability.

Expected outcomes and deliverables:

Literature review including final database of global and Australian power-outages or “black-out” studies.

Presentation of findings

Suitable for:

Background in Applied econometrics, economic valuation and energy interest, 2-3 year UQ enrolled students at School of Economics.


Primary Supervisor:


Dr. Sabah Abdullah


Further info:

Key paper: Abdullah, Sabah, and Petr Mariel. 2010, Choice experiment study on the willingness to pay to improve electricity services. Energy Policy 38(8):4570-4581.


Please apply online and suitable applicants will be contacted.