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Highlights from the 2024 AARES Conference

The 68th Annual Conference of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) was held at the Australian National University in early February 2024. Students and staff from the Centre for Agricultural and Economics and Development (CAED) and the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP) contributed to over 20 presentations, including research papers, special sessions, and pre-conference workshops.

In addition, David Pannell, together with Bill Malcolm, presented on the (67-year!) history of AARES. This lunch-time session was complete with some colourful anecdotes of their own history with the Society, which dates back to the 80’s.

The conference provided an excellent opportunity to connect with colleagues across Australia and New Zealand. In particular, it was excellent to connect with past team members and graduated scholars who are now making a difference in other organizations.

Maksym Polyakov (former CEEP researcher, now at Landcare Research in New Zealand) brought together current members and former of the Western Australian AARES branch for a group photo so large that it had to be moved outside.

The conference dinner was held at the beautiful National Arboretum Village Centre.

That evening, Professor Scott Swinton of Michigan State University was recognized as the 2023 Henry Schapper Fellow. His visit to the UWA followed the conference week, and included a series of fantastic presentations, workshops, and musical performances as a bonus! Two of our CEEP researchers swept the academic awards in the Early to Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) categories. Curtis Rollins was awarded the Quality of Research Discover Award – EMCR for his work investigating cost non-attendance as a driver of inflated welfare estimates, and Claire Doll was awarded the Quality of Research Communication Award – EMCR for outreach related to her PhD work. Finally, Disha Gupta was awarded the Donna Brennan travel award, in memory of former UWA staff member Donna Brennan. This award provides financial assistance to an international early-career researcher to bring them to the conference.

The CAED and CEEP teams left the conference fulfilled and ready for AARES 2025 in Brisbane!


For more information, contact CAED member, Tammie Harold at


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