ACT Branch

Branch AGM

The ACT Branch holds its AGM at the end of each year (November or December).

Current
PositionFull NameMailing AddressEmail
PresidentPaul J. BurkeCrawford School of Public Policy
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
CommitteeJeff W BennettCrawford School of Public policy
Canberra, ACT 0200
jeff.bennett@anu.edu.au
CommitteeJenny Eather17/103 Canberra Ave
GRIFFITH ACT 2603
jennyeather@yahoo.com.au
CommitteeChristopher PriceABARES
18 Marcus Clarke St
CANBERRA ACT 2601
christopher.price@agriculture.gov.au
CommitteeTimothy Denis Connolly18 Marcus Clarke Street
CANBERRA ACT 2601
timothy.connolly@agriculture.gov.au
Manager Promotion and DevelopmentSarah CumpstonGRDC Level 4
4 National Circuit
BARTON ACT 2600
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. BurkeCrawford School of Public Policy
Australian National University
ACTON ACT 2601
paul.j.burke@anu.edu.au

Upcoming Seminar: ‘Brexit: Possible implications for UK agricultural trade policies’, Professor Alan Swinbank

When: Thursday 26 October, 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Where: Graduate Room, Fellows Bar & Cafe, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton
Cost: This event is free for AARES members and $10 on the night for non-members. Membership is available here
RSVP: Eventbrite

Abstract: The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) – “Brexit” – presents enormous challenges for the UK, the remaining members of the EU (EU27), and trading partners around the world. The agri-food sector faces particular difficulties, in part because of the importance of agri-food trade over the Irish border, and the fact that the EU has failed to complete CAP reform by leaving in place prohibitively high most-favoured-nation tariffs on key products. This presentation will explore some of the political and WTO complications that the UK faces in trying to determine its future agricultural policy. A focus will be placed on agri-food trade links with the EU27 and other partners such as Australia.

Bio:
Alan Swinbank is Emeritus Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Reading, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the ANU's Centre for European Studies. Over four decades his research has focused on the food and farm policies of the European Union, in particular the common agricultural policy (CAP). His publications include Ideas, Institutions and Trade: The WTO and the Curious Role of EU Farm Policy in Trade Liberalization (Oxford University Press, 2009; with Carsten Daugbjerg). Further details at: http://swinbank.co.uk

Previous events

Date  Presenter  Topic
 17 Oct 2017
Dodo Thampapillai (National University of Singapore)
Environmental macroeconomics: A neglected theme in environmental economics
26 Sep 2017 Kym Anderson (University of Adelaide; ANU) Australia’s comparative advantage in wine: Why so slow to emerge?
 29 Aug 2017 Syed Hasan (ANU) Estimating price elasticities of demand for food in Australia: Implications for GST reform
 25 July 2017 Tim Capon (CSIRO) Economic resilience from the perspective of a decision-maker
 20 June 2017 Robert Costanza (ANU) Payment for ecosystem services and common asset trusts
 23 May 2017 Gabriela Scheufele (ANU) Pricing biodiversity  protection: A payment for environmental services scheme in Lao PDR
 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 paul.j.burke@anu.edu.au. Please use “AARES ACT Essay competition – undergraduate student” as the subject heading. 

Winners will be announced in late 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 paul.j.burke@anu.edu.au. Please use “AARES ACT Essay competition – postgraduate student” as the subject heading.

Winners will be announced in late 2017.