AARES has around 500 members from branches in Australia, New Zealand, North America and internationally. Our membership is largely comprised of economists and other social science professionals in universities, government and non-government agencies and the private sector.
The AARES Organisation
AARES, which was originally founded as the Australian Agricultural Economics Society in 1957, has a federal structure with branches located in all mainland Australian States, the ACT, New England, New Zealand and North America. The Society is over-seen by the Federal Executive which is made up of a President, Secretary, Treasurer, Manager of Promotion and Development, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Public Officer, Local Organising Committee Chair, the AARES Editors of AJARE and one or two Councillors from each AARES Branch. Each branch has its own President, Secretary, Treasurer and Councillor(s).
The Federal Executive meets three times each year – at the annual conference in February, in May and again around October. The Annual General Meeting takes place during the annual conference.
The Branches organise seminars and social events to meet the aims of the Society and to provide a meeting place for those with interests in agricultural and resource economics. The branches host the annual conference on a rotating basis, hold workshops and symposia on topics of current regional interest, and sponsor diverse and stimulating seminar programs. Branches serve a valuable role in bringing together academics, public servants, professionals from the agribusiness and resource sectors, and students, across various disciplinary and institutional boundaries.