Frank Scrimgeour is Professor of Economics at the University of Waikato where he has made sustained contributions to research, teaching, research-based policy development, and academic leadership. He has published more than 70 internationally refereed journal articles, and also completes research assignments for the private sector, industry organisations and local and central Government on a regular basis. His scholarly work focuses on agricultural economics, environmental economics and financial economics. He is an active supervisor of research students with more than 30 completing their PhD under his supervision.
After completing a BAgSc with first class honours at Lincoln College in 1977, Frank worked for the New Zealand Meat and Wool Board Economic Service and then the Christian Leaders Training College in Papua New Guinea. He completed a PhD in agricultural and resource economics at University of Hawaii. Currently he is Head of the School of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, having previously served as Dean of the Waikato Management School from 2008 through to 2013. Under Frank’s leadership Waikato has built an outstanding economics team with excellent publication records, strong links with iwi, industry, Government and international agencies. This would not have been possible without the support of international colleagues, many of them affiliated with AARES.
Frank has been active in AARES for many years, including as a Federal Council member, symposium organiser, conference organiser, and Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (2017-2019). In addition, he has played important roles within the New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society – including served four terms as President.
As 2022 President he is anticipating a post-COVID bounce as members and the Council build on the initiatives of past Presidents and Councils and so increase the rewards from being an active AARES member engaging with partners across Australasia and the world.