John Rolfe is a resource economist who is Professor of Regional Economic Development at CQUniversity at Rockhampton, Australia. He has undergraduate degrees from the University of Queensland in commerce and economics, and received his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1999. He was appointed as a Fellow of the Australian Social Sciences Academy in 2017.

John has a lot of practical experience in agriculture, as he ran his own beef cattle operation with his family in Central Queensland for 25 years, before relocating to Rockhampton and becoming a full-time academic in 2005. With up to 4,500 cattle in the enterprise, the on-going fluctuations in weather, markets and interest rates provided many challenges and lots of rich experiences.

John’s research interests are diverse, but his major focus is on environment issues, particularly those relating to minimising the impacts of agriculture on the Great Barrier Reef. He has also done a lot of work on agricultural productivity, recreation, regional development, environmental scorecards and economic impact assessment in regional areas. He specialises in non-market valuation and benefit transfer techniques.

John sits on a number of committees for government, many relating to the Great Barrier Reef. He was one of the leaders of the 2013 and 2017 Great Barrier Reef Science Consensus Statements. He is the Independent Chair of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Independent Science Panel, which is responsible for an annual monitoring and reporting program in the Harbour across environmental, social, cultural and economic dimensions.

John has had a long involvement with AARES. He was the Queensland branch councillor for many years, and has been part of the AJARE Editorial team since 2008, including being Editor-in-Chief from 2014 to 2016. He has chaired the LOC for two AARES conferences, the Cairns conference in 2009 and the Brisbane Conference in 2017.


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Important Dates

AARES Annual Conference 2020

University of Western Australia, Perth
11 - 14 February 2020
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Counting and Accounting for Water: Australian water measurement and its implications

Thursday, 28 March 2019 – Rockford Hotel, Adelaide

The science of measuring stocks and flows of water has improved markedly, as has the capacity to account for the impacts of change over time.Still, many controversies persist related to how and why we measure water.

The national forum brings together international and national experts on water measurement.Building on earlier forums, the 2019 event will again provide valuable exposure to all parts of the water sector with urban, rural and environmental management issues addressed.

In addition to keynote presentations from international UN luminaries, national experts from both the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and some of Australia’s most innovative water utilities will present the latest thinking on water measurement and its relationship to better resource management. 

Full day’s program includes:

Australian water measurement and management in global comparison

Dr Chris Perry, international water consultant and lead author of the United Nations report

“Does improved irrigation technology save water?”

The consumptive pool: target or mirage?

Making smart meter water measurement count

Dr Lisa Blinco, SA Water

Real-time operational tools: reducing energy costs and improving performance

Measures of future climate change for better long term water management

Peter Bridgeman, Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Measuring and managing climate change risks under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

Measuring Socio-economic impacts of Murray-Darling Basin water policy

Dr Neville Crossman, Director of Social and Economic Integration, Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Measuring social and economic impacts of water reform under the Australian Government’s Basin Plan

Please register by Friday, 22 March 2019

Free for AARES members

$140 for non-AARES members

(price includes 1-year’s membership to AARES)

$60 for non-AARES members (students)

(price includes 1-year’s membership to AARES)


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We are delighted to announce AJARE’s 2017 Impact Factor of 1.486!

AJARE continues to be one of the highest ranked journals in the Agricultural Economics & Policy JCR category.