Jim McFarlane

PhD Candidate, UNE Business School

Jim McFarlane

Research Topic

The economic impacts of the wine industry in the Central West of NSW

Biography:

Before becoming an applied economist, I had over 25 years of experience of working in Hospitality, Agriculture, Construction and Trade-related industries, and have  spent considerable time in many third world countries. My research interests are primarily in the area of agricultural and regional economics. They include the application of economic principles and models to measure the structure of an economy; impact assessment and the effects  from technological change, marketing  programs, and government policies; production economics; value chain analysis; wine economics. My PhD is on the economic impacts of  the wine industry  in the Central West of NSW.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Agriculture and Resource Economics with honours, UNE - 2012
  • Diploma of Agriculture - Rural Business, TAFE NSW - 2008
  • Cert IV Agriculture - Rural Business - 2007

Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

2015: Best Research Paper Award at the Australian Academy of Business and Social Sciences 2015 conference

2015: Rural Assistance Authority Scholarship 2014 Ninti One Scholarship

2014: The Australian Post Graduate Award 2013 The University of New England JN Lewis Foundation Prize

2012: The New England Branch of the Australian Agriculture and Resource Economics Society (AARES) undergraduate of the year award

Publications and Presentations

Research Papers

McFarlane, J., Grant, B., Blackwell, B., and S. Mounter (In press), 'Combining amenity with experience: exploring the hidden capital of a wine-scape experience', Tourism Economics.

McFarlane, JA., Blackwell, BD., Mounter, SW., and Grant, BJ., (2016) ‘From agriculture to mining: The changing economic base of a rural economy and implications for development’, Economic Analysis and Policy 49(1): 56-65.

Blackwell B, Fischer A, McFarlane J and Dollery B (2015). 'Mining and other industry contributions to employment leakage in Australia's Northern Territory', Journal of Developing Areas, Special Issue, 49(6): pp. 263-278.

Blackwell B, McFarlane J and S Blake (2014) Local Employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples by Local Government Area in the Northern Territory: Red Dirt Employment and Income, Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 72-90.

Grant, B Fleming, E., Mounter, S., McFarlane, J. & Griffith, G. 2013, 'Collective Action in the Value Chain: a Conceptual Framework for Analysis and Policy for the Australian Wine Industry', Enometrica, vol. 6, no. 1.

Refereed Journal Articles in Progress

Blackwell B, Fischer A and McFarlane J (In progress), "Enduring Community Value from Mining: Measuring the Employment Impacts of Mine Closure For Remote Communities And Considering Issues For Transformation". Journal of Rural Law and Policy

Blackwell B, McFarlane J, Dollery B and F Haslam-McKenzie (In progress) Mining, enduring value, and statehood for the Northern Territory.(Under Review)

McFarlane, J., Grant, B., Ficher, A., Blackwell, B., and S. Mounter, From the Paddock to the Palate: Enhancing Local Individualism through Varietal Selection. Journal of Applied Economics (Under Review)

McFarlane, J., Blackwell, B., Grant, B. and S. Mounter, Model Selection: Amalgamating Economic Techniques for Pre-Emptive Strategies Under Review

McFarlane, J., Blackwell, B., and S. Mounter, Technological unemployment: evidence from Australia that their leaders are swayed by corporate interests?

Robertson, S., Blackwell, B., and McFarlane, J, Viability of remote mining communities: Lessons from community perceptions Leigh Creek and Roxby Downs.

Refereed Conference Papers

McFarlane, JA., Blackwell, BD., and Mounter, SW., (2015) ‘Good Gardening For A Perennial Economy: What’s The Optimal Growth Path For A Regional Economy?’, Paper in the Proceedings of the Asia Pacific Conference on Business and Social Sciences 2015, Kuala Lumpa, Malaysia, 23-24 November 2015.

Blackwell, B, Fischer, A, McFarlane, J, Dollery, B and Blake, S (2015). 'Employment leakage by Local Government Area in the Northern Territory, Australia: The roles of industries, including mining', Paper presentation made to the Australian Conference on Business and Social Sciences 2015: Towards Research Excellence in Business and Social Sciences, 13-14 April, Central Queensland University Sydney Campus, Sydney.

Conference/Forum Presentations

McFarlane, J., Blackwell, B. and Mounter, S. (2015) 'Everlasting Technological Unemployment: Demand for Minerals Is Not Demand for Employment ', Presentation to the 2015 ANZSEE Conference, Thriving Through Transformation: Local to Global Sustainability, 19-23 October 2015, UNE Business School, Armidale, NSW.

Blackwell, B., Fischer, A. and McFarlane, J. (2015) 'Enduring Community Value from Mining Project Recent Findings - Mapping and Tracking Mining', Paper presented to the 2015 ANZSEE Conference, Thriving Through Transformation: Local to Global Sustainability, 19-23 October 2015, UNE Business School, Armidale, NSW.

Blackwell, B., Fischer, A., McFarlane J., Dollery B. and Blake, S. (2015) Employment leakage by Local Government Area in the Northern Territory, Australia: The roles of industries, including mining, Journal of Developing Areas, Presentation made to the Australian Conference on Business and Social Sciences 2015: Towards Research Excellence in Business and Social Sciences, 13-14 April, Central Queensland University Sydney Campus, Sydney [Best Paper Award].

McFarlane S, Blackwell B and Mounter S (2014) 'Economic Contributions of Viticulture and Winemaking in the Central Ranges Zone of New South Wales, Australia', The 58th Annual Australian Agriculture and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Conference, 4-7 February 2014, Port Macquarie, NSW.

McFarlane, J., Morales, L., Mounter, S. & Fleming, E. (2014), 'Economic Trends in the Australian Wine Industry', Paper presented at the 58th Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Annual Conference, 4-7 February, Port Macquarie.

Blake S, Haslam-Mckenzie F, Blackwell B, McFarlane J and Fischer A (2014) The Structure of the Regional Economy of Barkly (NT*) Based on ABS Employment Data, Presentation to Tennant Creek Working in Partnership Workshop, Commonwealth Department of Industry, Tennant Creek 15-16 May, Northern Territory.

McFarlane, J. (2013) ‘From agriculture to mining: The changing base of regional vulnerability in the Central West of New South Wales’ Mining in a Sustainable World: Environmental, Social, and Political Economical IssuesAn Interdisciplinary Conference13-15 October 2013University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

Grant, B., Fleming, E., Mounter, S., McFarlane, J. & Griffith, G. (2013), 'Collective Action in the Wine Value Chain: A Case Study of Australia', 20th Enometrics Conference, 4-7 September, Talca, Chile.

McFarlane, J. (2013) “Identifying the determinants of employment changes in viticulture and winemaking in the Central Ranges region of NSW: A shift-share analysis”. Vintage 2013, 30 August, The UNE Business School Wine Industry Working Group.

McFarlane, J., Mounter, S. & Grant, B. (2013), 'Economic Impacts of Viticulture and Winemaking on Employment and Income in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia', paper presented at AAWE 2013: 7th Annual Conference of the American Association of Wine Economists, 26-29 June, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

McFarlane, J., Mounter, S. and Grant, B. (2013), 'Economic Impacts of Viticulture and Winemaking on Employment and Income in the Central Ranges Zone of New South Wales, Australia' UNE Business School and AARES Armidale Branch.

McFarlane, J. (2013), 'The Hidden Multiplier within. Presented at the 57th Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Annual Conference, 5-8 February, Sydney.

Further Information

Highlights

  • 2002: Walked the Kokoda Trail on the 60th Anniversary
  • 1998: Completed an overland expedition from Nepal to England via Central Africa