Vale Emeritus Professor Frank Jarrett



It is with great sadness that we advise that our colleague, Emeritus Professor Francis “Frank” Jarrett  passed away peacefully on Friday, 9 December 2016 following a brief illness. 

Frank was President of our Society in 1967 and was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship in 2000.  He was more recently extended the honour of Jubilee Fellowship in November this year in recognition of 40 years’ service as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.  Attached is a written piece on Frank which was included in the 2016 Jubilee Fellows Publication.

Frank's funeral will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 at Saint Ignatius Church, corner of Queen and William Streets, Norwood, SA.



The Local Organising Committee are pleased to advise that we are now accepting registrations to the AARES 2017 Annual Conference to be held in Brisbane from 7-10 February 2017.   

All Presenting Authors must be registered by 19 December 2016 or your paper will be withdrawn from the Conference program.  For more information, visit the Conference website.

Important Dates

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

28 July – 2 August 2018
International Conference of Agricultural Economists 2018
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

President’s Message

Professor Wendy Umberger became the AARES President in February 2016.  Wendy’s priority 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.


Congratulations to Rohan Yargop, a researcher at the University of Adelaide, who represented AARES at the Crawford Fund’s 2016 Parliamentary Conference in Canberra at the end of August.  Rohan's report of his experience can be seen here.