My research focuses on applying an interdisciplinary systems approach to economic analysis and modelling to inform decision making across 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 technology, climate change and management on economic, environmental and social outcomes.
Currently I am undertaking research in Mongolia and China to help identify better policies for increasing herder livelihoods, grassland productivity and to reduce the incidence of dust storms. I also currently manage and coordinate the Australian network that collates production and economic data for comparative analysis under the global beef and sheep agri benchmark network. I have also recently completed research on 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 weeds in mixed farming and grazing systems; and the economic analysis of RD&KT investment in agriculture.
Currently co-supervising five postgraduate students: Gustavo Martigone (HAU PhD: An examination of the Asymmetric Price Transmission in Soybean-A case study in the world market); Bashir Ahmed (HAU PhD: Examining the relationship between global trade liberalization, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and the economic growth of Bangladesh); Jane Kelly (CSU PhD: Impact of weed seeds on carcase quality in sheep meat enterprises); Martin Amidy (ANU PhD: Grazing systems and whole farm financial performance).
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