Dr Paul Kristiansen

Associate Professor , Agriculture - School of Environmental and Rural Science

Paul Kristiansen

Phone: +61 2 6773 2962

Email: paul.kristiansen@une.edu.au


I have been a researcher and teacher in agricultural systems at the University of New England since 2003. Prior to this, I worked in the horticulture industry, as a tree crop researcher at CSIRO and in invasive plant biological control for the Queensland State Government.

My research interests are in agricultural science and invasive plant biology, ecology and management, and rural development and research capacity building in SE Asia and South Asia. I have contributed to research grants worth AUD10.8 million from government and the business sector, and participate in numerous research projects from the tropics to the sub-Antarctic. I currently teach several subjects including general agriculture, ecology, horticulture, organic agriculture and plant biosecurity.

I am currently the Higher Degree Research (HDR) Coordinator for the School of Environmental & Rural Science, overseeing the progress of over 200 PhD and research Masters students.


BSc(Monash), GradDipHortSc(NE), GradCertGIS(Qld), PhD (NE), GradCertHigherEd (UNE)


Teaching Areas

I currently teach several subjects including general agriculture (AGRO100), ecology (AGRO223), horticulture (AGRO3231, HORT420, HORT510), organic agriculture (AGRO501) and plant biosecurity (AGRO514).

Primary Research Area/s

Agriculture, Land and Farm Management; Rural Development

Research Interests

  • Horticulture
  • Invasive plant ecology and management
  • Rural development and the transformation of livelihoods in South & SE Asia
  • Organic (& low-input) farming systems
  • Experimental design and analysis

Organic Research Group

Research Supervision Experience

Since 2003, I have supervised over 60 post-graduate students to completion, 40% PhD. 50% Masters and 10% Honours. About ~80% were international students and 54% were female.


Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=7jrEJGEAAAAJ

ResearchGate https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Paul_Kristiansen

Clinical Skills and Experience


Consultancy Interests

Community and Advocacy Organisation Collaborations

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