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Read the latest AARES Newsletter:

News and Views

August 2015

Volume 27, No. 2 

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AJARE Apr 2015

Vol. 59, Issue 2


Bonus for AARES Members

      AARES members are entitled to receive a special 25% discount on all Wiley books.  Why not see what titles are available.  Some great ideas for gifts.  

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ECR Workshop


Applications are now open for the Early Career Researcher Workshop to be held at the Australian National University in Canberra from midday Saturday, 30 January to mid-morning on Monday, 1 February 2016 (preceding the AARES 2016 Annual Conference).

More information on this event is available here.

John Alfred SINDEN (Jack)


It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of Adjunct Associate Professor Jack Sinden.

Jack’s association with UNE spanned almost 48 years, and began in 1967 when he was appointed as a Lecturer in agricultural and resource economics. 

Jack had an outstanding record in teaching, a first-class record in research, and an exemplary record of service to the University and the community. During his time, he made substantial contributions to the development of curriculum in resource economics, having developed a highly-rated first-year unit, and having published a widely-prescribed text in the discipline.

He was passionate about his research, particularly concerning the economic analysis of the use of land and natural resources to increase the sustainable welfare of the community.

He made significant contributions to the community, including a state-wide policy on protecting native vegetation on farms and chairing the National Industry Leadership group for the Australia-wide Horticulture for Tomorrow Project.

He was generous with his time with mentoring students and he supervised a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

A multi-awarded teacher and researcher, Jack retired from UNE in 2011 and was appointed as an Adjunct Associate Professor.

Acting Head of School
UNE Business School

Jack was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship to AARES in 2012.  Details can be found here.  

Jack's funeral service will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Armidale, NSW on Monday, November 2, 2015 commencing at 11:00am followed by a private cremation.


    President's Profile

Ross Cullen was elected AARES President at the Society’s Annual General Meeting held in Rotorua during the 59th Annual Conference. Ross is Professor Emeritus at Lincoln University, New Zealand. He grew up on a sheep and beef farm in South Otago, New Zealand. Ross completed a Diploma in Agriculture and a Diploma in Valuation and Farm Management at (then) Lincoln College, where he first studied economics. After three years driving up production levels on a family-owned farm in South Otago, and conscious of diminishing marginal productivity, he departed for further University study and a new career. Ross completed a BCom (Hons) in economics at University of Otago, 1974-77. His first professional position was Assistant Lecturer in economics at University of Otago, which enabled him to complete a PhD by thesis; The inter-country diffusion of pharmaceutical products.
Soon after completion of his PhD, Ross commenced teaching and research on resource and environmental economics, and his research since 1982 has ranged across that terrain. He has published articles in about 45 diverse journals, with clusters in: environmental risk - biodiversity, habitat and environmental sustainability; resource management – fisheries, forestry, water, natural area, mineral and energy policies; innovation and adoption studies; evaluation of the benefits and costs of environmental projects.
Ross has been active in consulting to policy makers in New Zealand, and contributing to professional associations including, AARES, NZARES, and NZAE. He was co-editor of AJARE 2011-2013. Ross was head of Department of Economics and Marketing, and the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, both at Lincoln University. In his spare time Ross climbs mountains and crags. His 2014 book, Slice of heaven; climbs and scrambles on seven continents, has an informal subtitle – ‘An economist goes climbing’.


Prize Winners

The following prize winners were announced at the AARES 2015 Annual Conference Dinner in Rotorua, New Zealand:

Undergraduate Awards 
 - ACT Branch    Melissa Grinlinton, University of Canberra
 - NSW Branch    Robert Slater, University of Sydney
 - NZ Branch    Mark Calderwood, Waikato University
 - SA Branch    Julian Tunstill, University of Adelaide
 - VIC Branch    Kim Liu, University of Melbourne
 - WA Branch    Jacinta Patterson, UWA
 - NE & QLD Branch      No nominations
Post-graduate Dissertation Award  
   Sini Miller, Lincoln University
 Young Professionals Exchange Travel Awards
 - Heading North    David Ubilava, University of Sydney
 - Heading South    Kate Fuller, Montana State University
 - Heading West    Yvonne Phillips, Waikato Regional Council
 - Heading East    Jonathan Moss, University of New England
 AJARE Best Paper
 - Phil Pardey, Jason Beddow, Terrance Hurley, Timothy Beatty and
   Vernon Eidman
   A Bounds Analysis of World Food Futures:  Global Agriculture
   Through to 2050
 Quality of Research Discovery Award
 - Terrence Hurley, Xudong Rao and Phil Pardey
 Quality of Research Communications Award
 - Katrina Davis, Marit Kragt, Steven Schilizzi, Stefan Gelcich,
   and David Pannell
 Donna Brennan Award
 - Lanjiao Wen, Huazhong Agricultural University in China
 First Time Presenter's Award
 Best Poster Award  


2014 Distinguished Fellow

- Donald MacLaren

2014 Distinguished Life Member

- Jim Ryan

Important Dates

17-20 November 2015
Congress GMCC-15
Co-existence between GM and non-GM based Ag Supply Chains
Amsterdam, Netherlands

23-27 November 2015
ALCAS 2015 Conference Series
Mercure, Melbourne

07 December 2015
All presenting authors to the AARES2016 Conference to be registered for the conference

30 January - 1 February 2016
ECR Workshop
ANU Canberra

31 January 2016
Closing date for AARES Organised Session submissions
WEAI 2016 Conference
Portland, Oregon USA

2-5 February 2016
AARES Annual Conference
Canberra, ACT

11-13 February 2016
Asia-Pacific Economic & Business History Conference
University of Adelaide

15-19 February 2016
Food Dynamics Symposium
Igls, Austria

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


The journal of Agricultural Finance Review (AFR) is celebrating its 75th anniversary. To celebrate this key event, Emerald Group Publishing is offering access to articles selected by the Editor, Prof Calum Turvey from Cornell University, USA. To access the articles and read about AFR, please go to:

Agricultural Finance Review was born from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Bureau of Agricultural Economics in 1938 to review the latest developments and research in the field of agricultural and agribusiness finance. Since its formation 75 years ago, AFR has become the primary field journal in agricultural finance and gathers high quality research work from all over the word. If you are interested in getting involved in the journal by writing or reviewing for it, please read the author guidelines here and register your name on the journal’s online system at:

Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society, Inc.
Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University
Lennox Crossing, Canberra ACT 0200
Tel: 0409 032 338 | Email: | ARBN: 162 205 423