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Read the latest AARES Newsletter:

News and Views

March 2016

Volume 28, No. 1 

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AJARE Jan 2016

Vol. 60, Issue 1


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    President's Profile

Professor Wendy Umberger became the AARES President in February 2016.  Wendy’s priority for the next 12 months is to work closely with the AARES Executive Council and members on the AARES Strategic Planning project to ensure that we are able to begin implementation of a Strategic Plan and related initiatives in 2017.  Wendy is keen to consult and work with current members to explore ways in which their needs can be met, and to explore opportunities for new strategic partnerships to grow AARES’s membership base.

Wendy is the Director of Global Food Studies, which focuses on economic issues affecting global food and agricultural value chains, and launched in 2013 at the University of Adelaide.  She joined the Governance Board of ICRISAT and the editorial board of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy in 2015.  Wendy is an agricultural economist and received her B.S. in Animal Science (1996) and M.S. in Economics (1998) from South Dakota State University and a PhD in Agricultural Economics (2001) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Wendy currently leads components of inter- and multi-disciplinary agricultural value chain research projects in the Asia-Pacific region.  Wendy’s research uses innovative methods to understand drivers of consumer and producer behaviour and the implications of changing behaviour for food systems.  Part of this work includes estimating consumer demand for specific credence (quality, safety and health) attributes in food and determining efficient governance systems to verify related attributes. She is also studying the impact of urbanisation, modern retail transformation and development programs on food consumption patterns, diet quality and longer-run health and livelihood implications in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Fiji.

Wendy has published extensively and has been invited to present her work internationally to a variety of audiences including industry, government and academic. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide in 2006, Wendy was an Assistant and Associate Professor from 2001-2007 in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University in the USA.  Wendy was raised on a beef cattle and grain farm, which is still owned and operated by her parents in South Dakota USA.  In her spare time, she enjoys “family time” outdoors with her husband and her 4-year-old daughter. 


2015 Distinguished Fellow

- Peter Warr





Important Dates

15-16 June 2016
2016 ATSE National Technology Challenges Dialogue
Agribusiness 2030
Sydney, Australia

16-17 June 2016
AIEAA 5th Annual Meeting
Bologna, Italy

29 June - 3 July 2016
WEAI 2016 Conference
Portland, Oregon, USA

11-15 July 2016
AIEAA Summer School 
for PhD Students and Young Researchers
'Evidence-Based Policy Making'
Rende, Italy

14-15 July 2016
Women in Economics Retreat
(Sponsored by the ESA)
McLaren Vale, SA

20-23 July 2016
Environment, Sustainability & Climate Change Symposium
Oxford University, UK

31 July - 2 Aug 2016
AAEA Annual Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts USA

25-26 Aug 2016
NZARES Annual Conference
Nelson, New Zealand

30 Aug - 1 Sep 2016
EAAE Seminar
Novi Sad, Serbia

17-19 Oct 2016

7th Global Summit on Agriculture and Horticulture
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

3-6 Jan 2017
WEAI 13th International Conference
Santiago, Chile

6-8 Jan 2017
ASSA Annual Meeting
American Economic Association
Chicago, Illinois

07-10 Feb 2017
AARES Annual Conference
BCEC, Brisbane, QLD

Feb 2018
AARES Annual Conference
Adelaide, SA


2015 Prize Winners

Announced at the AARES 2016 Conference Dinner


ACT Branch Undergraduate Award
Zhong Kai Ooi, University of Canberra
NE Branch Undergraduate Award
Alexander (Sandy) Laurie, University of New England  
NSW Branch Undergraduate Award
Sarah Smith, University of Sydney
NZ Branch Undergraduate Award
Rachael Davidson, Waikato University
Qld Branch Undergraduate Award
Not awarded
SA Branch Undergraduate Award
Alexsis Xenophon, University of Adelaide
Vic Branch Undergraduate Award
Not awarded           
WA Branch Undergraduate Award
Ryan Kirke, University of Western Australia
Best Postgraduate Dissertation Award
Daniel Gregg, Central Queensland Uni
Donna Brennan Award
Huang Chen, University of California Davis
First Time Presenter's Award
Laura Bateman, University of Adelaide
Best Poster Award
Waripas Jiumpanyarach
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
AARES-Wiley Best AJARE Paper Award
Jason Crean, Kevin Parton, John Mullen & Peter Hayman
'Valuing seasonal climate forecasts in a state-contingent manner'
Heading North Award
Dr. Md. Sayed Iftekhar, University of Western Australia
Heading South Award
Kevin Novan, University of California - Davis
Heading West Award
Corey Allan, Motu Public Policy
Heading East Award
No award
AARES-ICAE Travel Award
Dr Risti Permani, University of Adelaide
Quality of Research Discovery Award
Jason Beddow and Phil Pardey
'Moving Matters: The Effect of Location on Crop Production'
Quality of Research Communications Award
Not awarded

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