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 Forum.net and Executive Editor of the Global Water Forum which he established in 2010.

New England Branch

Scott Hansen (Director General NSW DPI) to present Jack Makeham Memorial Lecture co-hosted by AARES New England Branch and UNE Business School – 16 October 2017, 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Further details are at: https://blog.une.edu.au/unebusinessschool/jack-makeham-2017/


ACT Branch Upcoming Seminar: ‘Environmental macroeconomics: A neglected theme in environmental economics’, Professor Dodo Thampapillai

When: Tuesday 17 October, 12.30–1.30pm. Room open from 12.15pm
Where: Bunker Theatre, Department of the Environment and Energy, John Gorton Building, King Edward Terrace, Canberra (map)
Cost: This event is free
RSVP: Eventbrite

Abstract: Economists usually regard environmental issues as drivers of allocative distortions within markets. The correction of such distortions, for example by recourse to the internalisation of externalities, is firmly rooted in the market framework. Therefore, a dominant view is that environmental issues fall within the domain of microeconomics. The speaker will make the case that it is important to consider environmental macroeconomics as a legitimate sub-discipline. Just as the aggregate of market transactions leads to the definition of national product in macroeconomics, the aggregate of residual externalities lends credence to the recognition of nature as capital that can depreciate. This speaker will discuss the measurement and policy implications of this consideration and discuss implications for climate policies.

Bio:
Professor Dodo Thampapillai is an economist at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He previously held a chair in Environmental Economics at Macquarie University, where he currently holds an adjunct professorship. He has over 100 publications. His text on Environmental Economics – with the late Jack Sinden – is perhaps the first to include an explicit section on Environmental Macroeconomics. Dodo is currently under contract with Routledge to completed an updated version of this text.


 


Friday 10 November 2017, 9am - 5pm, Adelaide Rockford, 164 Hindley St, Adelaide, SA 5000
There is no charge for this event, and refreshments will be served. For further information, please contact: doreen.michalski@unisa.edu.au or phone (08) 8302 0090


Position Vacant


The International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET, www.iset.ge) in Tbilisi, Georgia seeks to make one or more appointments at the ISET Policy Institute (www.iset-pi.ge ), a leading economic policy think tank in the South Caucasus. Ideal candidates will have an advanced degree in economics, public policy or another related field from a reputable international university. They shall also have a record of research and policy consulting on topics relevant for development and transition, such as, agriculture, migration and rural development, industrial policy, trade and regional integration, macroeconomic and financial policy, labor markets, education and social inclusion. Major duties are to:
• Lead and manage a team of researchers and external consultants;
• Develop project proposals/grant applications;
• Liaise with potential clients and donors, including government;
• Implement applied policy research and consulting projects;
• Provide research-based policy advice, write on policy issues, and participate in public policy discussions;
Depending on the candidates’ qualifications, experience and interest, positions can be designed to also include academic responsibilities, such as to:

* Teach courses in ISET’s MA and BA programs;
* Conduct research;
* Supervise student theses;
* Design, manage and teach non-degree courses and programs;

These will be fixed-term, renewable appointments with rank and salary commensurate with the candidates’ experience. Preference is for full-time appointments. Knowledge of Georgian and/or Russian languages will be considered an advantage. Positions are subject to available funding and will be open until filled.
Send letter of interest, CV, professional writing samples (papers, consulting reports, policy briefs, blog articles, etc.) and three references to: vacancy@ISET.ge with a subject “Policy Position”
About ISET and the ISET Policy Institute: ISET is an autonomous school of economics founded at Tbilisi State University in 2006 by the World Bank and a coalition of prominent international donors and governments. Operating in English, it is designed to prepare students from the South Caucuses region for top further education programs in the West, as well as corporate and public-service jobs in their home countries. The affiliated ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI) complements ISET’s educational mission by conducting policy research and training, providing research-based policy advice, and contributing to the public policy discussion in Georgia and the South Caucasus. Both ISET and ISET-PI benefit from on-going commitments from senior international scholars and has strong financial backing from international organizations and corporations.

Important Dates

New England Branch

Scott Hansen (Director General NSW DPI) to present Jack Makeham Memorial Lecture co-hosted by AARES New England Branch and UNE Business School – 16 October 2017, 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Further details are at: https://blog.une.edu.au/unebusinessschool/jack-makeham-2017/


ACT Branch

Environmental macroeconomics: A neglected theme in environmental economics’, Professor Dodo Thampapilla

When: Tuesday 17 October, 12.30–1.30pm. Room open from 12.15pm
Where: Bunker Theatre, Department of the Environment and Energy, John Gorton Building, King Edward Terrace, Canberra (map)
Cost: This event is free
RSVP: Eventbrite

Abstract: Economists usually regard environmental issues as drivers of allocative distortions within markets. The correction of such distortions, for example by recourse to the internalisation of externalities, is firmly rooted in the market framework. Therefore, a dominant view is that environmental issues fall within the domain of microeconomics. The speaker will make the case that it is important to consider environmental macroeconomics as a legitimate sub-discipline. Just as the aggregate of market transactions leads to the definition of national product in macroeconomics, the aggregate of residual externalities lends credence to the recognition of nature as capital that can depreciate. This speaker will discuss the measurement and policy implications of this consideration and discuss implications for climate policies.

Quality Grain Storage (West Wyalong)

4 October 2017
9:00am - 2:00pm AEDT

Peter Botta will be presenting and taking questions on a range of grain storage issues.

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19th NSW Weeds Conference (Armidale)

16 October - 19 October 2017
9:00am - 5:00pm AEDT

The Conference is a unique opportunity for the State’s weeds professionals and related industry representatives, researchers, market and industry analysts, government officials and policy makers to showcase their work, network ideas and share in a vision for the future of the weeds industry.

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19-20 October 2017
2017 NZARES Conference
Rotorua, New Zealand

Quality Grain Storage (Urana)

4 November 2017
TBC (please contact event organiser for more details)

Peter Botta will be presenting and taking questions on a range of grain storage issues.

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6 - 9 February 2018
AARES Annual Conference
Adelaide, SA

GRDC Grains Research Update (Wagga Wagga)

13 February - 14 February 2018
9:00am - 5:00pm AEDT

This Grains Research Update will provide agronomists, consultants, researchers and growers with a forum to showcase innovative thinking and the latest research outcomes relevant to the local region.

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GRDC Grains Research Update (Dubbo)

27 February - 28 February 2018
10:00am - 3:00pm AEDT

Invest in yourself and come to the two-day Dubbo GRDC Grains Research Update at the Dubbo RSL on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th of February, 2018. Discuss with industry specialists the latest ‘farm ready’ research on issues critical to grain production enterprises in the central western NSW region. Put the dates in the diary, more information will be available here closer to the event.

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GRDC Grains Research Update (Goondiwindi QLD)

6 March - 7 March 2018
10:00am - 3:00pm

Invest in yourself and come to the two-day Goondiwindi GRDC Grains Research Update at the Community Centre on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of March, 2018. Discuss with industry specialists the latest ‘farm ready’ research on issues critical to grain production enterprises in the Northern region. Put the dates in the diary, more information will be available here closer to the event.

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