Australian Research

The Institute has a long-standing interest in research on Australian rural social, economic and environmental issues, and maintains a strong capacity in these areas.

Areas of research have included: farm and rural community adjustment; innovation and practice change on farms; the economic condition of rural communities in the face of changing natural and policy environments; access of rural people to services; crime in rural communities; integrated natural resource management; resource governance and conservation; common property resource management; and future landscape change and scenario analysis.

Institute staff also have experience in evaluation and comparative review of government policy and programmes.

Projects are funded by the Commonwealth rural research and development corporations, other Commonwealth agencies, State government agencies, local government and the private sector. 

Current Projects

The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index (2014 - 2018)

Cost-effective environmental water for NSW wetlands and rivers (2014 - 2017)

Adaptation to carbon-tax-induced changes in energy demand in rural and regional Australia (2012 - 2016)

Facilitation of community engagement and collective action in managing invasive animals (2012 - 2015)

The determinants and effects of Australian agricultural productivity (2015)

Australia's emissions reduction policy options: Direct Action versus Emissions Trading Schemes (2014 - 2015)

The impact of governance structures on climate change adaptation in Australian rural communities (2013 - 2014)

Completed Projects

Projects Completed 2013-2014
Projects Completed 2011-2012
Projects Completed 2009-2010
Projects Completed 2007-2008
Projects Completed 2005-2006
Projects Completed 2003-2004

Murray Darling Basin Commission Integrated Catchment Management Performance Measures(2003 - 2004)

Structures for Wildlife Enterprises (2004)

Interdisciplinary Research Network on Property Rights in Natural Resource Management Stage 1 (2004)

Evaluation of Producer Initiated R&D Projects - PIRD (2000 - 2004)

Economics of conservation through the commercial use of Wildlife (2002 - 2004)

An Economic Analysis and Business Case Development for Sustainable Wildlife Enterprises (2004)

Armidale Dumaresq Council Needs Assessment (2004)

An Eco-Civic Regionalisation for Rural NSW (2003 - 2004)

Scoping the development of programs for entrants to farming (2002 - 2004)

Improving saline wastewater use in the Moree artesian spa industry (2004)

Closing the Loop - Developing Better Waste Re-use Systems (2003 - 2004)

A Framework to Optimise Irrigation Water Sharing (2002 - 2004)

Designing a best practice model of integrated biosystems of waste re-use in a typical rural town (2003)

Sustainability of Australian Rural Communities. Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia(2000 - 2003)

Socio-economic scoping study (2003)

Exploiting Resource Strengths and Business Synergies to Improve Competitive Advantage (2002 - 2003)

Making Regional Development Policy Options Clearer (2002 - 2003)

Opening the Farm Gateway (2001 - 2003)

Mature Men Matter (2000 - 2003)

Future Options: Planning for Natural Resources and Land Use in the Rocky Point Sugar Region, SEQ (2002 - 2003)

Tilbuster Commons - Creating a Common Property Resource Management Institution (2000 - 2003)

The Future Face of Farming – Farmers Working Together for Long-term Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability (2000 - 2003)

Socio-Economic Analysis of the Impact of the Reduction in Groundwater Allocations in the Namoi Valley (2003)

Attitudes to recreational use of rural properties (2002 - 2003)

Projects Completed 2001-2002
Projects Completed in 2000