On the weekend of the 13th-15th September 2013, a long-awaited event finally came to fruition: a bunch of us SARE-ians took off down to Denmark for our (to become inaugural?) school retreat. What a fantastic weekend! Huge thanks need to go to Christine Kershaw for driving the organisation of the camp, and generally just being a great gal.
Assistant Professor Chunbo Ma from the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics has recently been awarded the 2013 Australia China Emerging Future Leaders in Low Emissions Coal Technology Fellowship by the Australian Academy of Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Eight Australian researchers have been awarded the fellowship from various disciplines by ATSE via a peer nomination process with merit-based assessment. Preference has been given to early career researchers who have shown the potential to be a future leader with their research established but international linkages with China in need of further development.
Sunday 11th August was UWA's annual Open Day. Following the terrible weather at the 2012 Open Day we all had our fingers crossed for a nice day, and we were blessed to have a beautiful sunny day this year for the University's 100th Open Day. There were lots of activities for children and adults, including a tram tour of the campus and rock climbing, and lots of food stalls for people to enjoy in the sunshine. There were displays of the various majors, information sessions and general admissions advice for future students, as well as community talks and Centenary celebration activities, spread all around the campus.
A delegation of SARE staff recently attended the 2013 International Choice Modelling Conference in Sydney (see our Facebook page). The ICMC is a conference focussing on Discrete Choice Experiment methodology, attracting DCE experts from around the world in health economics, management, psychology, transport, and environmental economics.
Assistant Professor Marit E. Kragt recently spent two months overseas as a visiting academic in the UK and the Netherlands. It was a wonderful experience to learn how people work at other universities, and to establish links with many interesting colleagues.
Across Africa, rural welfare and economic growth depend on agricultural productivity - and two new papers by a Kenyan researcher at The University of Western Australia outline ways for 33 African countries to improve their agricultural sectors.
A series of new discoveries in plant cell biology will help to increase the supply of food and energy for our rapidly growing global population, according to 12 of the world's leading plant biologists.
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have won a total of $4.45 million in Federal Government funding for five agricultural projects focused on helping farmers adapt to a changing climate and reduce methane emissions.
This year, for the first time, the School of Agricultural and Resource
Economics will be taking part in UWA's Aspire programme ‘Race Around Campus',
where year 9 high school students from various schools in the Perth
Metropolitan area complete a series of interactive activities around UWA. The
Race Around Campus this year is being held from the 3rd to the 5th
Last October PhD student Katrina
Davis travelled to Chile to start a project with the Facultad de Ciencias
Biologicas at La Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. She joined researchers Professor Stefan
Gelcich, Professor Juan Carlos Castillo from La Catolica and Dr Duan Biggs, a
post doctorate from the Environmental Decisions Group at the University of
Queensland. Katrina writes about her
Assistant Professor Chunbo Ma from the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UWA becomes one of the five Australian young economists who have won the Australian Research Council's Discovery Early Career Researcher Award in 2012. The research funding (A$372,000) will support Assistant Professor Chunbo Ma for the next three years to conduct his research project - Social learning: the Diffusion of Residential Rooftop Photovoltaic Panels in Australia.
Assistant Professor Ram Pandit from the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UWA has won research collaboration funding for his project ‘Forests, ecosystem services and communities: Lessons from Nepal Himalaya’, in collaboration with the University of Leeds and the University of York in the UK. The funding will take Assistant Professor Pandit to Nepal, as well as to the UK, to conduct his research.
SARE's Professor Ben White, Professor Michael Burton and Assistant Professor Chunbo Ma recently visited the College of Economics and Management, Huazhong Agricultural University, China. Wuhan is the biggest city in Central China and the University was ranked 11th in the nation by the MOE National Institute for Education Research. The College itself is comprised of 6 departments with over 100 full-time staff. The aim of the visit was to develop research collaboration, explore potential joint undergraduate programs, and to establish joint postgraduate supervision between the two Universities.
Two recent papers address the issue of environmental policy for mining. A paper by White, Doole, Pannell and Florec in the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics reviews the current policy in Australia, which is based on environmental bonds, and proposes an alternative policy the damaged land tax (DLT).