President’s Message

          Professor Quentin Grafton of the Australian National University was elected as the 2017 AARES President at the Society’s recent Annual General Meeting in Brisbane.  Quentin’s main priorities will be to oversee the implementation of the Strategic Plan, including the change of the Society’s name to the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.  


Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics, Chairholder UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and previously served as Chief Economist and Foundation Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (2011-2013). He currently serves as the Director of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network which he helped found in 2014, and is the Editor in Chief of Policy and Executive Editor of the Global Water Forum which he established in 2010.


Congratulations to the AARES 2017 Annual Conference Local Organising Committee for putting on a great conference in Brisbane from 7-10 February 2017.  The venue was excellent, and the program was high-class.  In addition, some exciting new changes to the Society were voted in and will begin to be implemented over the next few months.  More information on these changes will be available on the website shortly.

Important Dates

30 July - 1 August 2017
AAEA Annual Meeting
Chicago, USA

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