Future Fellowship announcement

Congratulations to Environment Institute’s Associate Professor Alec Zuo, who was awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship for his project ‘Quantifying the economic and social impacts of drought in rural Australia’ in the recently announced round.

Project Title: Quantifying the economic and social impacts of drought in rural Australia

Funding awarded: $1,035,279

Project: Climate-change research predicts drought is likely to increase its frequency, duration and severity, drastically challenging Australian agriculture and rural societies. The aim of this project is to use innovative techniques to analyse:

  • (i) national datasets to determine the economic and social impacts of droughts in rural and regional Australia; and
  • (ii) the results of a national survey to estimate and understand farmers’ drought adaptation responses to carbon-credit market signals.

The outcomes are expected to be a major step in developing and implementing cost-effective drought policies and services to minimise its complex impacts, strengthen rural and regional community resilience, and enhance sustainable agriculture in Australia.

For more details about the recent  ARC Future Fellowships announcements.

Drought affected Landscape Image: CSIRO, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

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