My research focuses on the economics of innovative agricultural technology and digitalisation through the application of interdisciplinary systems based approaches to inform decision making at multiple levels. This is being achieved by working with industry, government and other research institutions to provide economic intelligence and agri-tech solutions for UK and global agriculture and value chains. The objectives of my research are to develop approaches that link economics and science to provide greater insights into how agricultural systems work and how they can be manipulated to achieve the objectives of stakeholders and society. This includes the analysis of the impact of innovative technology, climate change and management on economic, environmental and social outcomes.
Currently I am undertaking research into the economics of smart dairy and extensive livestock systems; the economics of autonomised robotic cropping systems; bioeconomic modelling of livestock systems and their externalities; and payments for ecosystems services. In Mongolia and China we are also working to help identify better policies for increasing herder livelihoods, grassland productivity and to reduce the incidence of dust storms across Asia. Recently completed research includes the cost of compliance of exporters to the EU; the impact of technology, water policy, market instruments and climate change on irrigated and dryland mixed farming businesses in both the rice and cotton industries; identifying best management practice for the management of perennial and annual weeds in mixed farming and grazing systems; and the economic analysis of RD&KT investment in agriculture.
Currently co-supervised postgraduate students: Abdullah Al-Amin (HAU PhD: An economic assessment of autonomous equipment for field crops); Gustavo Martigone (HAU PhD: An examination of the Asymmetric Price Transmission in Soybean-A case study in the world market); Martin Amidy (ANU PhD: Grazing systems and whole farm financial performance).
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