We are proud to announce that The Centre for Global Food and Resources has just advertised for two new research positions.

The first one is for a Research Associate, Level A, 2 year contract, to work on a project involving a variety of research partners. Further details are here: http://careers.adelaide.edu.au/cw/en/job/496933/university-postdoctoral-fellow

Please talk to Patrick for more details.

The second is for a Research Fellow, Level B or Level C, 2 year contract, to work as a split position between our Centre and the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). The position involves working half time with DEWNR and half-time with the Centre. This is an exciting new development for us, it allows great links between policy and research and should be an interesting job. Further details are here: http://careers.adelaide.edu.au/cw/en/job/496782/university-senior-research-fellow

Please talk to Sarah for more details.

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At the recent XVI World Water Congress in Cancun, Mexico The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) organised a special session titled: Charges vs. buyback: who pays for water ecosystems restoration?

The objective of this session was to examine the role that economic instruments (e.g. water pricing and charges, ecosystem services payments, voluntary agreements, the buyback of rights and efficiency investments or incentives) play in reallocating water across various uses. In each case, the pros and cons associated with the use of such instruments was discussed to provide a useful synopsis for the uninitiated. This special session builds on growing international collaborations with researchers in Europe and the USA that have been funded by our separate DECRAs and additional monies provided from the 2017 EU Centre for Global Affairs Annual Grant Program at The University of Adelaide.

The session also provided us with a unique opportunity to highlight the results from a recent paper authored by some of the presenters. The paper will become ‘open access’ shortly and is currently online as follows:

The speakers at the special session, in order, were:

  • Professor Carlos Mario Gomez (University of Alcalá, Spain), the Chair of the session;
  • Dr Alvar Escriva-Bou (Public Policy Institute of California, USA) who discussed the role of context, legal frameworks and pricing
  • Dr Dioni Pérez-Blanco (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Italy) who presented on payments for ecosystem services;
  • Dr David Adamson (GFAR) outlined how buyback worked in Australia (see slide below); and
  • Dr Adam Loch (GFAR) debated the fundamental messages about water-use efficiency and the impact on environmental flows (see slides).

The session went well and even was included in the official daily news of the XVI World Water Congress (http://www.worldwatercongress.com/docs/0206/NEWSLETTER_VIER_2.pdf). A photo from that newsletter is included below.


This post was prepared by Dr. David Adamson and Dr. Adam Loch.

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Last week, Dr. Lenka Malek and Dr. Ying Xu, Research Fellows at The Centre for Global Food and Resources, each won a 2017 Academic Women’s Research Excellence Award (WREA) valued at $5,000.

The WREA was established by The University of Adelaide Office of the Vice-Chancellor in partnership with the Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee and the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice President (Research). The aim of the Award is to recognise and assist academic women’s research excellence at the University and each year up to 12 Awards are granted.

It is great news that our Centre has won two of the Awards this year!


Dr Lenka Malek, a dietitian turned consumer (food and nutrition) behaviour researcher, will use the funding to attend a week-long course on ‘Discrete Choice Analysis: Models, Estimation and Applications’ at the University of Sydney in July, 2017. This practical and theory based course, which will focus on the entire discrete choice experiment research process, will be presented by four of the world’s leading academics in the field of discrete choice analysis.

This will be a valuable opportunity for me to gain new knowledge and skills in experimental design, and to both learn about recent developments in choice modelling techniques and gain experience in using (and understanding when to use) these techniques. I look forward to increasing my research capabilities and, consequently, the scope of future research projects. Dr. Lenka Malek


Dr Ying Xu, a natural resource economist by training, is also excited about this news:

I am really glad to receive the 2017 Women’s Research Excellence Award. I would like to express my thanks to the University for this opportunity to assist early-career researchers as this is especially important to us who often need some resources to cover a variety of research activities. With this Award, I will be able to finance myself in academic training, data purchase, and a few conference travels. I believe this Award will effectively help my research and contribute to the research outcomes of our Centre and the University.Dr. Ying Xu

This post was prepared by Dr. Ying Xu. 

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The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFaR) at The University of Adelaide is hosting an intensive workshop on programming and developing computer-based experiments using o-tree between the 28th-30th June 2017. The workshop will be run by Dr Russell Keith-Magee, a highly experienced instructor and developer in the programming languages on which o-tree is based. […]

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As of 2017, The Centre of Global Food and Resources (GFAR) has an official PhD group! Sometimes being a PhD student can be tough…the hours are long and the work can be isolating. That’s why we created the GFAR PhD group. The aim of the GFAR PhD group is to bring people together, build lasting professional […]

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The University’s Interdisciplinary Humanitarian and Development Solutions Initiative (HSDI), was officially launched on Monday 22 May 2017. The launch event and the Initiative were both designed to highlight how researchers from every discipline can contribute to solving problems in the humanitarian and development space. The HSDI will be a hub of collaboration between researchers from […]

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Professor Mike Young is Professor of Environmental and Water Policy with The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Global Food and Resources today announced a climate sharing system to end our power crisis. The system will transform a National liability into a National asset. Professor Young played a leading role in creating Australia’s water sharing system which is […]

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Last week, a celebration event was held in memory of Dr. Susan Nelle. The Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) researcher, Rohan Yargop, reflects on the event below. Susan was a champion for promoting local food and wine and it was fitting that her colleagues and friends gathered to remember and celebrate her life at the […]

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Dr. David Adamson and Dr. Adam Loch, ARC DECRA Fellows at The Centre for Global Food and Resources, share their thoughts on the Federal Budget 2017 and what it means for the Snowy Hydro Scheme.   Well, Tuesday night’s Federal Budget (here) raised the possibility that the Federal Government would buy out NSW and VIC share […]

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Dr. David Adamson, Senior Research fellow at The Centre for Global Food and Resources, shares his private submission to the ‘Review of Australia’s climate change policies’. The discussion paper can be found here and Dr. Adamson’s submission is shown below. Submission to the Review of Australia’s climate change policies By David Adamson[1] The document is highly […]

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