Agricultural activities often have (positive and negative) impacts on the environment. We study the interactions between farming and the environment. This includes how farmers respond to environmental changes, and how government policy can best address agro-environmental issues. Our research covers climate change impacts on agriculture, land degradation, carbon storage on farms, perennial farming systems, salinity management, and more.
Human use of non-renewable resources supports much economic activity. But resource extraction can have environmental effects. We study how we can best use or conserved natural resources for maximum benefits. Our research covers mining and minerals, energy, land, and more.
Efficient environmental policy decisions needs sound economic research. We study how the environment can be managed to provide the greatest net benefits. Our research covers terrestrial and marine biodiversity conservation, pollution, bio-economic modelling of invasive pests, bushfire management, adoption of new conservation practices by landholders, and more.
A viable and healthy agricultural sector is essential for sustainable food production. We study how the organisation and governance of food systems can be improved. Our research covers efficiency and productivity analysis, farm risk management, wine economics, adoption of new farming technologies, agribusiness, and more.
Water resources are essential in supporting human life, ecosystems and food production. How we can best manage scarce water resources and water-dependent ecosystems is an important public policy question. Our research covers the economics of public water supply, economic incentives and instruments for water management, economic modelling tools to assist with urban water management, and how non-market benefits can be incorporated into project evaluation.
Our postgraduate research students work under the supervision of our nationally and internationally researchers to do ground-breaking research in a wide range of areas, including all of the above. Our students publish their research in the international research literature, and attend national and international conferences to present their work.
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