Global agricultural economists are meeting virtually this week for the AARES conference


At a time in Australia where climate change, agriculture, energy, water and environmental policies are all high on the agenda of debate, leading economists from across Australia and around the world are meeting virtually this week for the 66th Annual Conference of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES).

AARES is the preeminent society promoting research and higher education relevant to Australasia in the fields of agriculture, environment, food and resources and agribusiness.

The theme of the conference is Resilience in times of uncertainty, and that intended to promote interest and understanding of current economic issues affecting primary industries, resources and the environment.

Distinct international speakers and keynote at the event, and their presentation topics include:

  • Professor Johan Swinnen, Director General of the renowned Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), speaking to Transforming food systems after COVID-19
  • Professor Paul Burke, Head of the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU, will address Australia‘s potential to supply carbon-free energy to Asia-Pacific
  • Professor Elizabeth Robinson, Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment of the London School of Economics, addressing Climate change and health
  • Professor Will Masters, Professor of Food Economics and Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition and the Department of Economics at Tufts University in Boston on Food policy, prices and nutrition
  • Professor Anita Wreford at Lincoln University’s Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit will address Adapting to climate change in an uncertain future
  • Dr Svetlana Edmeades, The Senior Agricultural Economist of the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region will discuss Green, resilient and inclusive agriculture: taking action
  • Professor Barry Goodwin, William Neal Reynolds Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural Economics and Graduate Graduate Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, North Carolina State University the The changing nature of meat demand seasonality

In addition to these keynote presentations, there are over 120 articles on a wide range of energy, agriculture, development and environmental issues.

The conference starts today and continues until Friday. For more information or to register, click here


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