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Our staff

The research centre consists of highly qualified academic staff, postdoctoral research fellows, adjuncts, research assistants. and support staff.

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Marit Kragt

Associate Professor

CAED Director

Research Profile

A/Prof Kragt's research focuses on improving agricultural and natural resource management decisions. Her expertise includes climate change mitigation and adaptation in agriculture, integrated farm systems modelling, adoption of farm management practices, and economic valuation of non-market impacts. She has a background in environmental science and economics, with 15 years of experience in interdisciplinary research. She was an ARC DECRA Fellow from 2016–2020. Marit has previously worked with the CSIRO’s Integrated Agricultural Systems, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and Federal Department of Agriculture.

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Fiona Dempster

Research Fellow

CAED Deputy Director

Research Profile

Dr Dempster is interested in what drives farmer behaviour and decision making. Her research focus is on farmer adoption of new technologies, climate change mitigation practices and environmental management activities. She holds expertise in benefit cost analysis, non-market valuation, survey’s and analytical review. Fiona works closely with industry to advocate for evidence based decision making and provide farmers with the information they need to make optimal farm management decisions.  She is a former member of the GRDC Western Panel and is part of a broadacre family farming business in the northern wheatbelt of Western Australia.

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Ross Kingwell

Professor

UWA & AEGIC

Research Profile

Professor Kingwell is the chief economist in the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC), chair of the Australian Farm Institute’s research advisory committee, and Manager of the Economic and Analysis team in the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Ross is particularly interested in whole-farm modelling, grain supply chain analysis, grain market analysis, agricultural emissions management, agricultural policy, agricultural plants’ property rights, and agricultural impacts of climate change. He was a co-developer of the farming system model MIDAS and regularly publishes research papers on farming system and agricultural industry issues.

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Amin Mugera

Senior lecturer

Research Profile

Dr Mugera is an agribusiness and extension expert. His research focusses on strategic management of agribusiness firms, efficient governance and coordination in agri-food supply chains, economic use of farm resources and risk management, and production economics—including risk analysis, efficiency analysis, productivity analysis, and profitability analysis. Amin is also a sought-after provider of workshops and executive training in agribusiness, efficiency and productivity analysis, having taught in South Africa, Brunei Darussalam, India, and Bangladesh.

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Ben White

Associate Professor

Research Profile

A/Prof White is an agricultural economist with an interest in how groups of farmers cooperate to improve biosecurity for stored grain. He has completed a GRDC project on the economics of investing in cereal breeding to develop varieties that are resistant to exotic pests. Other recent projects include the economics of responses to pest incursions such as khapra beetle and wheat streak mosaic virus. He worked with the Mingenew Irwin Group on a project related to supporting cooperation for grain biosecurity. He currently works with the Peel Harvey Biosecurity Group on a project to support collective action on pest management.

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Steve Schilizzi

Professor

Research Profile

Professor Schilizzi's research work is based in both in Australia and in Europe, and currently focusses on decision-making challenges in policy design and implementation (particularly market-based instruments) in relation to natural resource and environmental management, including agriculture, forestry and fisheries. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific articles, 20 book chapters and 4 books including Natural Resources and Environmental Justice.

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Ram Pandit

Associate Professor

Research Profile

A/Prof Pandit is an environmental and resource economist at the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment.  He has research interest and expertise in conservation and development issues in Australia, Asia, and Africa. His research primarily focuses on management and governance of environmental and natural resources to help improve environmental, socio-economic, and development outcomes. Ram is also an Adjunct Faculty of the Global Centre for Food, Land and Water Resources, Hokkaido University, Japan and an IPBES expert (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services).

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Liz Petersen

Adjunct, Senior Lecturer & Research Fellow

Research Profile

Dr Petersen is Principal Applied Economist at Advanced Choice Economics P/L (ACE), Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia, and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. She is also a member of the Consultative Committee for Australia’s Future Drought Fund. She has led more than 50 consultancy projects over the last 15 years and has held specialist short-term appointments at the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) – including conducting economic analysis of soil constraints (developing Ranking Options for Soil Amelioration in the Western Region: ROSA West). She specialises in research relating to food, agricultural and fisheries economics and policy in Australia and developing countries (supported by ACIAR).

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Fay Rola-Rubzen

Associate Professor

CAED Deputy Director

Research Profile

A/Prof Rola-Rubzen is an experienced agricultural economist and development economist with extensive experience in farming systems research; analysis of farmer behaviour and adoption of technology; behavioural economics; benefit-cost analysis (BCA), project appraisal, & economic analysis of projects; agribusiness supply chains; gender, poverty & food security; inclusive sustainable development; and international development. She leads and has led multi-disciplinary teams in Australia and internationally and has been a consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the International Rice Research Institute, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and the Asian Development Bank, amongst others.

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Tamara Harold

CAED Centre Manager

Research Profile

Ms Harold is responsible for the administration and management of the Centre. She has extensive project management experience across a range of portfolios including research, capacity building, and senior executive and functional support. This experience includes over 13 years in the research and international consulting sectors.

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Atakelty Hailu

Associate Professor

Research Profile

A/Prof Hailu is an expert on production economics, farm efficiency and productivity analysis, whole-farm and bio-economic modelling, agent-based computational economics, and auction design. His work has focussed on measuring and comparing farm performance and profitability across regions or over time, evaluating new land and enterprise management approaches, assessing opportunities for carbon farming, benefits of grains-livestock enterprise integration, and the benefits of RD&E. Atakelty also has extensive experience in areas related to fisheries, and the value if recreational fishing in Western Australia.

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David Pannell

Professor

CEEP Director

Research Profile

Professor Pannell's interdisciplinary research aims to improve decision making about RD&E investments; demonstrating the benefits of agricultural research; predicting adoption of research outcomes by farmers; evaluating the effectiveness of RD&E; capacity building for farmers; and providing direct advice on farm management. David is the original developer of the ADOPT tool and the RIM integrated weed management model, and co-developer of the MIDAS farming systems model and the Risky Business training game. He is Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy, which conducts research on a wide range of environmental and natural resource management issues.

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Michael Burton

Associate Professor

Research Profile

A/Prof Burton is an agricultural and resource economist, and his research is primarily in the area of non-market valuation, particularly using stated preference techniques. His research is focused on understanding people’s behaviour, and the values that underpin those behaviours.  He has worked extensively in the areas of consumer demand, particularly for food, and farmers adoption decisions. A major area of interest is in the valuation of non-market goods, and the use of survey and revealed preference techniques to do that.   He works in the areas of agricultural technology adoption, food demand,  conservation farmer behaviour, and economics of food related health issues

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James Fogarty

Associate Professor

SAGE Head of School

Research Profile

A/Prof Fogarty Is currently Head, UWA School of Agriculture and Environment, and a member of both the University Academic Council and Academic Board. He is an applied micro economist, and in addition to his research work he has provided expert advice to a wide range of corporate and government clients on matters relating to: mining and exploration impacts and policy; agricultural industry supply networks; agricultural market deregulation; the value of agricultural production; groundwater management; waste management; regional development; and alcohol policy.  James teaches applied statistics to both undergraduate and post graduate students, and maintains several online resources for statistics teaching.

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Chunbo Ma

Associate Professor

Research Profile

A/Prof Ma is a highly cited researcher on the economics of renewable energy. His research on the costs and benefits of carbon farming and the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices helps to improve agricultural management decisions. Chunbo was an ARC DECRA Fellow from 2013–2015.