About Us



The Australasian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society

AARES Vision

AARES is the pre-eminent society promoting research relevant to Australasia in agricultural, environmental, food, and resource economics and agribusiness (AEFREA).

AARES Core Purpose

To foster and promote Australasia-relevant research in the 5 key areas of AEFREA; and to support public dialogue and better decision making in the AEFREA areas of interest.

AARES Activities

  1. Fostering and promoting AEFREA knowledge, skill development and exchange.
  2. Facilitating AEFREA professional networks.
  3. Fostering AEFREA policy-related discussion and analysis.
  4. Supporting AEFREA professions.
  5. Facilitating AEFREA career development.

What we do

The major activities of the Society include:

  1. publishing the highly regarded Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AJARE), a leading international scientific journal which is a forum for innovative and scholarly research in agricultural and resource economics, with four issues a year;
  2. awarding prizes to encourage excellence in Journal articles, post-graduate theses, undergraduate studies, and conference presentations in Australia, New Zealand and the United States;
  3. publishing a four-monthly electronic newsletter, AARES News and Views newsletter three times a year which contains information about future events, calls for awards, topical articles about developments in AARES, etc.
  4. convening an annual conference with associated workshops in February of each year. The program typically consists of keynote addresses by distinguished speakers, paper sessions, research reviews of current trends and issues, and alternative format sessions. The Conference represents an outstanding opportunity for delegates to network, share ideas and hear from some of the foremost experts in the field. Please click here to view future conference dates (NB: some dates still need to be confirmed)

Our members

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.

AARES Branches

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.