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.
- 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)