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: ‘Payment for Ecosystem Services and Common Asset Trusts', Professor Robert Costanza  

5.30pm for 6:00pm presentation
Tuesday 20 June, Graduate Room, Fellows Bar & Cafe, University House, 1 Balmain Cresent, ANU
The ACT Branch of AARES has invited Professor Robert  Costanza to speak about Payment for Ecosystem Services and Common Asset Trusts. 

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 Ecosystem Services (PES) is becoming an increasingly popular way to manage ecosystems using economic incentives. One approach to PES tries to force ecosystem services into the market model, with an emphasis on efficiency. Another approach, in contrast, seeks to adapt economic institutions to the physical characteristics of ecosystem services prioritizing ecological sustainability and just distribution and employing a more transdisciplinary approach. Institutions to achieve this include ‘common asset trusts’ - one way to assign property rights to whole ecosystems on behalf of communities. This talk discusses the pluses and minuses of these alternative approaches to PES.

The speaker:

Professor Robert Costanza is a Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is also currently a Senior Fellow at the National Council on Science and the Environment in the US, a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Center, an Affiliate Fellow at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics, a deTao Master of Ecological Economics at the deTao Masters Academy, China, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK). 
Professor Costanza’s transdisciplinary research integrates the study of humans and the rest of nature to address research, policy and management issues at multiple time and space scales, from small watersheds to the global system. He is co-founder and past-president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, and was founding editor of the society’s journal, Ecological Economics. He currently serves on the editorial board of ten other international academic journals. He is also founding co-editor in chief of Solutions (www.thesolutionsjournal.org) a unique hybrid academic/popular journal.
Professor Costanza is the author or co-author of over 600 scientific papers and 27 books. His work has been cited in more than 20,000 scientific articles and he has been named as one of ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers since 2004 with an h-index of 63. More than 300 interviews and reports on his work have appeared in various popular media and he has written over 60 articles for the popular press.

 

 


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
 23 May 2017 Gabriela Scheufele Pricing biodiversity  protection: A Payment for Environmental Services scheme in Lao PDR', Dr. Gabriela Scheufele
 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.