Professor Basil Milsom Hastings Sharp

BCom, MS, PhD

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Chair in Energy Economics


Energy Education Trust of New Zealand Professor of Energy & Resource Economics, Director of The Energy Centre and Associate Dean Postgraduate. His research interests span the field of energy and resource economics, economics of the environment, and law and economics. He has a specific interest in the application of economics and econometric methods to contemporary resource and environmental problems. His current research focuses on renewable energy, contract design under uncertainty, rights based systems of governance and spatial modelling.

Research | Current

Assessment of solar energy potential in Auckland, optimal contract design involving a wind farm and land owner, energy efficiency and spatial modelling of hazards.

Postgraduate supervision

I am currently supervising PhD topics in: application of CGE models to climate change & energy conservation; stochastic frontier models of cross country energy efficiency; dairy farmer nutrient management practices; and New Zealand's gas market.

Areas of expertise

Spatial econometrics, contract design; energy policy; resource pricing; & property rights

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Suomalainen, K., Wang, V., & Sharp, B. (2017). Rooftop solar potential based on LiDAR data: Bottom-up assessment at neighbourhood level. Renewable Energy, 111, 463-475. 10.1016/j.renene.2017.04.025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kiti Suomalainen
  • Yang, W., & Sharp, B. (2017). Spatial dependence and determinants of dairy farmers’ adoption of best management practices for water protection in New Zealand. Environ Manage, 59 (4), 594-603. 10.1007/s00267-017-0823-6
  • Sheng, M., & Sharp, B. (2017). Aggregate road passenger travel demand in New Zealand. Energy Centre, University of Auckland. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Selena Sheng
  • Sheng, M., & Sharp, B. (2017). The Influence of Urban Forms on Transit Behaviour in the Auckland Region. Energy Centre, University of Auckland.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Selena Sheng
  • Suomalainen, K., Wang, V., & Sharp, B. (2016). Solar energy potential on Auckland rooftops based on LiDAR data.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kiti Suomalainen
  • Malafeh, S., & Sharp, B. (2015). Role of royalties in sustainable geothermal energy development. Energy Policy, 85, 235-242. 10.1016/j.enpol.2015.06.023
  • Jiang, N., & Sharp, B. (2015). Technical efficiency and technological gap of New Zealand dairy farms: a stochastic meta-frontier model. Journal of Productivity Analysis, 44 (1), 39-49. 10.1007/s11123-015-0429-z
  • Sheng, M., & Sharp, B. (2015). Commuter's transport mode preferences and network effects: A spatially autoregressive discrete choice model. Paper presented at The 44th Australian Conference of Economists 2015, Brisbane, Australia. 7 July - 10 July 2015.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Selena Sheng

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Level 6, Room 260-655
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

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Level 6, Room 655
New Zealand