ACT Branch

Branch AGM

The ACT Branch holds its AGM each December.

Current
PositionFull NameMailing AddressEmail
PresidentPaul J. BurkeArndt-Corden Department of Economics
Coombs Building 9
Australian National University
ACTON ACT 2601
paul.j.burke@anu.edu.au
TreasurerTony Webster60 Investigator Street
RED HILL ACT 2603
tony.webster@policypartners.com.au
SecretaryGabriela ScheufeleCrawford School of Public Policy
Lennox Crossing
CANBERRA ACT 0200
gabriela.scheufele@anu.edu.au
CommitteeJenny EatherABARES
18 Marcus Clarke St
CANBERRA ACT 2601
jenny.eather@agriculture.gov.au
CommitteeJeff W BennettCrawford School of Public policy
Canberra, ACT 0200
jeff.bennett@anu.edu.au
CommitteeChristopher PriceGrain Growers Limited
Lvl 2, 53 Blackall Street, Barton
CANBERRA ACT 2600
Christopher.Price@agriculture.gov.au
CommitteeTimothy Denis Connolly18 Marcus Clarke Street
CANBERRA ACT 2601
timothy.connolly@agriculture.gov.au
CommitteeJeremy Van Dijk vandijk.jeremy@gmail.com
Manager Promotion and DevelopmentSarah CumpstonGRDC Level 4
4 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2000
sarah.cumpston@grdc.com.au
CommitteeShenglang YangCrawford School of Public Policy
Lennox Crossing
CANBERRA ACT 6201
shenglang.yang@anu.edu.au
CommitteeTong ZhangCrawford School of Public Policy
Lennox Crossing
CANBERRA ACT 2601
tonya.zhang@anu.edu.au
Branch CouncillorPaul J. BurkeArndt-Corden Department of Economics
Coombs Building 9
Australian National University
ACTON ACT 2601
paul.j.burke@anu.edu.au

Next Seminar: ‘Pricing biodiversity  protection: A Payment for Environmental Services scheme in Lao PDR', Dr. Gabriela Scheufele 

5.30pm for 6:00pm presentation
Tuesday 23 May, Graduate Room, Fellows Bar & Cafe, University House, 1 Balmain Cresent, ANU
The ACT Branch of AARES has invited Gabriela Scheufele to speak about designing and implementing a Payment for Environmental Services scheme in the Lao PDR. 
The presentations will be followed by questions and informal discussions in the relaxed social setting of the Fellows Bar. Drinks and finger food will be provided.

Cost - This event is free for AARES members and $10 on the night for non-members
RSVP - through Eventbrite 
 

Abstract:

Payment for Environmental Services (PES) schemes are being used around the world in an attempt to facilitate market processes. However, few PES schemes ‘negotiate’ pricing based on comparable estimates of demand and supply. This seminar reports on the development and application of a PES scheme design that aims to mimic market processes for traded goods and services to an extent beyond existing attempts. It demonstrates how ‘efficient’ prices can be ‘negotiated’ through agent intervention and discusses the challenges and limitations encountered in the process. The application of the innovative process involves a pilot PES scheme that aims to increase the supply of biodiversity in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. 

The speaker:

Dr. Gabriela Scheufele is an environmental and natural resource economist. She is currently a Research Fellow at Crawford School of Public Policy at The Australian National University in Canberra. Her work has primarily focused on non-market environmental valuation, econometric analysis of choice data, conservation auctions, payment for environmental services schemes, linking economics with environmental science, and incorporating economic research into policy development.


Future events

The ACT branch will be planning a variety of events for 2017. Non-members are encouraged to take this opportunity to join AARES and participate throughout the year. Anyone with an interest in agricultural, resource, or environmental economics can join-see membership page.

Previous events

Date  Presenter  Topic
 26 Apr 2017 Neal Hughes (ABARES) Climate adjusted productivity on cropping farms
 21 Mar 2017 David Vanzetti (ANU)
Rohan Best (ANU)
Zsuzsanna Csereklyei (ANU)
Brexit: Implications for agricultural exporters
The importance of government effectiveness for the electricity sector in developing countries
Technology choices in the U.S. electricity industry before and after market restructuring
 15 Feb 2017 Yu (Eric) Sheng (ABARES) Exploring the Relationship between Farm Size and Productivity
 14 Dec 2016 Quentin Grafton (ANU) Responding to the global food water nexus
 18 Oct 2016 Tim Bradley (Department of Industry, Innovation and Science) Highlights from the Resources and energy quarterly
 05 Oct 2016 Shiro Armstrong (ANU) Priorities in Australia's regional economic diplomacy
 24 Aug 2016 Stuart Whitten (CSIRO) Economists and economic thinking - influences on the Qld Government’s Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Taskforce
 26 Jul 2016 Nilar Aung (ANU), Alrick Campbell (ANU),
Jeremy van Dijk (ANU/ABARES) 
Early Career Researcher showcase - part 2
 12 Jul 2016 Yu (Eric) Sheng (ABARES) Australian Dairy Industry – deregulation and productivity growth
 24 May 2016 Rohan Best (ANU), Kimlong Chheng (ANU), Sarah Smith (University of Sydney/ABARES) Early Career Researcher showcase - part 1
 19 Apr 2016 Paul Burke (ANU) Direct action subsidies – an effective approach?
 29 Mar 2016 Jeff Bennett (ANU) Protecting the environment: privately
 14 Dec 2015 Julia Talbot-Jones (ANU), Ryan Edwards (ANU),
Paul Wyroll (ANU)
Branch AGM and end of year celebration, with short presentations from three early career researchers.
 07 Dec 2015 Hazel Moir (ANU) Are trade treaties really about trade anymore? Even the Trans-Pacific Partnership? (Joint AARES/ESA event)
 30 Sep 2015 Peter Warr (ANU) How agricultural research contributes to productivity growth and poverty reduction in Indonesia
 11 Aug 2015 Huong Dinh (University of Canberra) Recent trends in community economic resilience in Australia
 03 Aug 2015 Stefan Mann (Agroscope, Switzerland) Responsibility goods: where charity meets consumption (Joint AARES/ESA event)
 20 July 2015 Neal Hughes (ANU/ABARES) Water property rights in rivers with large dams
 02 Jul 2015 Erick Hansnata (UC) with Phil Townsend (MDBA) as discussant Migration in the Murray Darling Basin
 13 May 2015 Frank Jotzo (ANU) and David Stern (ANU) Why Australia’s climate policy collapsed, and what it means for environmental economics/ Directed technological change, energy and the British industrial revolution
 15 Apr 2015 Megan Evans (ANU) Assisted natural generation is good for the climate, biodiversity and could make you $$$
 19 Mar 2015 Tony Makin (Griffith University) Australia's collapsed competitiveness - causes and cures (Joint AARES/Crawford school event)

 

2017 Essay Competitions

Essay competition for undergraduate students (including honours students)

Undergraduate students are invited to submit an essay on a topic relevant to the society, including agricultural economics, environmental economics, food economics, resource economics, or agribusiness. Entrants must be enrolled at a university in the ACT. Feel free to submit either an essay written for your university coursework or a new essay written especially for this competition. Essays of any length can be submitted (anything from 1,500-word essay to a full honours thesis would be suitable). Students should note that judges value the ability to express ideas concisely. 
The winner of the undergraduate essay competition will receive $100, plus AARES will pay for the winner to attend the 2018 National AARES Conference in Adelaide. Alternatively, the winner can choose to receive $300 in prize money. The winner will also be awarded student membership of AARES for 2018. Prizes may also be awarded to up to three runners-up. Runners-up will each receive $50 and will also be awarded 2018 student membership of AARES.

Entries can be made at any stage from now until 5pm Monday 13 November 2017.

Entries must be emailed as a Word document or pdf to gabriela.scheufele@anu.edu.au. Please use “AARES ACT Essay competition – undergraduate student” as the subject heading. 

Winners will be announced in December 2017.

Essay competition for postgraduate students (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Masters, or PhD students)

Postgraduate students are invited to submit an essay on a topic relevant to the society, including agricultural economics, environmental economics, food economics, resource economics, or agribusiness. Entrants must be enrolled at a university in the ACT. Feel free to submit either an essay written for your university work or a new essay written especially for this competition. Essays of 2,500 words or less are encouraged, although essays of up to 5,000 words can be submitted. Students should note that judges value the ability to express ideas concisely. 
The winner of the postgraduate essay competition will receive $500 and be awarded 2018 student membership of AARES. Prizes may also be awarded to up to three runners-up. Runners-up will each receive $100 and will be awarded 2018 student membership of AARES. 

Entries can be made at any stage from now until 5pm Monday 13 November 2017.

Entries must be emailed as a Word document or pdf to gabriela.scheufele@anu.edu.au. Please use “AARES ACT Essay competition – postgraduate student” as the subject heading.

Winners will be announced in December 2017.