Dr Romana Roschinsky

International Research and Training Program Leader – Livestock Systems - School of Environmental and Rural Science

Romana Roschinsky

Phone: +61 2 6773 4555

Email: romana.roschinsky@une.edu.au

Biography

I was born in Austria where I have obtained my qualifications from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU University). I have always been interested in developing an understanding of tropical and subtropical agricultural systems. Since my master thesis I have been doing research in the tropics and subtropics. My research has been focused on a variety of topics but in most cases I worked together with smallholder farmers to understand their systems. Research topics included: pastures and their management in South-western Uganda, dairy cattle crossbreeding in Ethiopia, Uganda and India as well as mitigation of climate change effects on agricultural systems in Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

I have relocated to Australia for my current position in which I will contribute my international experience on livestock systems to ongoing and future training, teaching and research activities at ERS.

Qualifications

Post-doctoral researcher

2013 – 2016 Centre for Development Research at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). Project: ‘Strengthening Adaptive Farming in Bangladesh, India and Nepal’

Dr.nat.techn.

2010-2013 University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). Doctoral Studies: Division of Livestock Sciences; Specialisation Animal Breeding. Doctoral thesis: ’Crossbreeding as innovation for dairy cattle keepers in the tropics. Adoption, adaptation and impacts on smallholder farms in Ethiopia, Uganda and India’

Dipl. Ing.

2002-2009: University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). Diploma course (equivalent to Bachelor and Master): Agriculture; specialization: organic agriculture. Master thesis: ‘Analysis of pastures and pasture management on dairy cattle farms in south- western Uganda’

Teaching Areas

I am involved in organising and conducting international short training courses at the School for Environmental and Rural Sciences at UNE (e.g. Australia Awards Indonesia Short Training Course on Animal Husbandry and Cattle Production; USAID International Training and Exposure Visit to Australia Feedlot Fattening Operations)

Previously I have co-developed a course on ‘Social Innovations and Local Initiatives for Energy Management’ (a cooperation between BOKU University and UNIDO). I have also designed and implemented courses on scientific writing for project partners.

Research Interests

I want to understand livestock production systems in all their complexity. I am currently interested in the following questions: How does livestock production have to change to meet future challenges? How can we make livestock production more sustainable and effective? Which impacts does the introduction of new technologies and practices have at farm level? How do decisions of livestock producers influence their production system? Which policy and regulatory frameworks are necessary to create useful opportunities for livestock sector actors? How do gender roles influence livestock production systems?

Publications

Original article (peer reviewed)

Roschinsky, R., Kluszczynska, M., Sölkner, J., Puskur, R., Wurzinger, M. (2015): Smallholder experiences with dairy cattle crossbreeding in the tropics: from introduction to impact. Animal. 2015; 9 (1): 150-157

Galukande, E., Mulindwa, H., Wurzinger, M., Roschinsky, R., Mwai, O. A., Sölkner, J. (2013): Crossbreeding cattle for milk production in the tropics: Achievements, challenges and opportunities. Animal Genetic Resources Information, 52, 111-125; ISSN 1014-2339

Roschinsky, R., Mulindwa, H., Galukande, E., Wurzinger, M., Mpairwe, D., Okeyo, AM., Sölkner, J (2012): Pasture use and management strategies in the Ankole pastoral system in Uganda. GRASS FORAGE SCI. 2012; 67(2): 199-209

Published contributions to scientific conferences

Gerl, C., Roschinsky, R., Manandhar, C., Malla, M., Wurzinger, M., Zollitsch, W. (2015): Goat feeding strategies of smallholders in Nepal in the context of climate change. 66th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), Warsaw, Poland, AUG 31 - SEP 4, 201. In: Wageningen Academic Publishers, Book of Abstracts of the 66th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science; ISBN: 978-90-8686-269-6

Moser, B., Roschinsky, R., Manandhar, C., Malla, M., Wurzinger, M. (2015): Goat breeding strategies of farmers in Nepal. 66th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP), Warszaw, Poland, AUG 31 - SEP 4, 2015. In: Wageningen Academic Publishers (Ed.), Book of Abstracts of the 66th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science; ISBN: 978-90-8686-269-6

Zangerle, K., Probst, L., Roschinsky, R., Manindra, M., Manandhar, C., Wurzinger, M. (2015): A gender-focused analysis of learning processes of smallholders within a development program in Nepal. Tropentag 2015, Berlin, Germany, SEP 16-18, 2015. In: ATSAF-Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Tropische und Subtropische Agrarforschung, Management of land use systems for enhanced food security - conflicts, controversies and resolutions; ISBN: 978-3-7369-9092-0

Roschinsky, R., Sölkner, J., Puskur, R., Wurzinger, M. (2013): Crossbreeding dairy cattle: introduction and impact on tropical smallholder production systems. European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) - 64th Annual Meeting, Nantes 3013, Nantes, 26.-30.8.2013. In: Wageningen Academic Publishers (Ed.), Book of Abstracts of the 64th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science

Roschinsky, R., Sölkner, J., Puskur, R. Wurzinger, M. (2012): Crossbreeding as innovation for dairy stock keepers in the tropics - Case study Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Poster. Festsymposium 140 Jahre Universität für Bodenkultur Wien. Quo vadis, Universitäten? Wien, 02.-03.03.2012. In: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Festschrift 140 Jahre Universität für Bodenkultur Wien. Quo vadis, Universitäten?

Roschinsky, R., Sölkner, J., Wurzinger, M., Puskur, R. (2012): Crossbreeding as innovation for dairy systems in the tropics - Case study Amhara Region, Ethiopia.[63rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, Bratislava, Slovakia, 27.08.-31.08.2012] In: Wageningen Academic Publishers (Ed.), Book of Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science., Crossbreeding as innovation for dairy systems in the tropics - Case study Amhara Region, Ethiopia. Session 04a, page 28

Unpublished contributions to scientific conferences

Roschinsky, R., Simon, S., Choudhury, P. R., Baroi, A., Malla, M., Costa, S. G., Pankaj, V. D., Manandhar, C., Aichinger, M., Wurzinger, M. (2015): Facilitating climate change adaptation on smallholder farms through farmers’ collective led on-farm adaptive research – The SAF-BIN project. World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation (WSCCA-2015), SEP 2-4, 2015, Manchester, United Kingdom

Moser, B., Roschinsky, R., Malla, M., Manandhar, C. and Wurzinger, M. (2015): Analysis of goat breeding Strategies of farmers in Nepal. Conference on Smallholder Farmers. Resilient Future for Small Farmers, MAR 10-12, 2015, New Delhi, India

Zangerle, K., Probst, L., Roschinsky, R., Manandhar, C., Malla, M. and Wurzinger, M., (2015): A gender-focused analysis of learning processes within a research and development project in Nepal. Conference on Smallholder Farmers. Resilient Future for Small Farmers, MAR 10-12, 2015, New Delhi, India

Book chapters

Roschinsky, R., Simon, S., Choudhury, P. R., Baroi, A., Malla, M., Costa, S. G., Pankaj, V. D., Manandhar, C., Aichinger, M., Wurzinger, M. (2016): Facilitating climate change adaptation on smallholder farms through farmers’ collective led on-farm adaptive research – The SAF-BIN project. In: Implementing Climate Change Adaptation in Communities, Cities, Countries and via Outreach Programmes (Eds. Leal Filho, W., Adamson, K., Dunk, R.). Climate Management Series, Springer

Roschinsky, R. (2014): Dairy cattle crossbreeding as development path for smallholders? A case study at farm level in south-western Uganda. In: Obrecht, Andreas J. (Ed.): Wissen und Entwicklung II. Ein Reader zu Theorie und Empirie in der Entwicklungsforschung. Texte zum Nachwuchspreis der Kommission für Entwicklungsforschung (KEF). Schriftenreihe der OeAD-GMbH Band VI., 83., StudienVerlag, Innsbruck, Bozen, Wien; ISBN 978-3-7065-5380-3

Other Publications

Roschinsky, R. Stadlmayr, B. (Eds) (2016): Approaching resilience. Practices and innovations supporting smallholder climate change adaptation. Booklet produced for the ‘Strengthening Adaptive Farming in Bangladesh, India and Nepal’ project. Caritas India.

Roschinsky, R. Stadlmayr, B. (Eds) (2016): How do farmers adapt to climate change? A collection of research summaries. Booklet produced for the ‘Strengthening Adaptive Farming in Bangladesh, India and Nepal’ project. Caritas India.

Roschinsky, R. (Eds) (2015): Doing it differently. Smallholder farmers adapt to climate change. Booklet produced for the produced for the ‘Strengthening Adaptive Farming in Bangladesh, India and Nepal’ project. Caritas India.

Popular scientific presentations

Roschinsky, R., Simon, S., Choudhury, P. R., Baroi, A., Malla, M., Costa, S. G., Pankaj, V. D., Manandhar, C., Aichinger, M., Wurzinger, M. (2016): Facilitating climate change adaptation on smallholder farms through farmers’ collective led on-farm adaptive research – The SAF-BIN project. Peach Kucha presentation at the 2. BOKU Nachhaltigkeitstag (Sustainability Day) 2.6.2016, Vienna, Austria.

Roschinsky, R. (2015): Kein Monsun, was nun? Kleinbauern auf der Suche nach Anpassung. Science – Programme, Volkshochschule Wien (adult education program, City of Vienna), 11.11.2015

Roschinsky, R. (2013): Schwarz-weiß gefleckte Weltreisende. Wieso kommen Kühe aus dem Norden nach Afrika und Asien? Und was geschieht weiter? Volkshochschule Wien (adult education program, City of Vienna); University meets public talk, 05.04.2013

Research Supervision Experience

I have co-supervised master thesis research focusing on animal breeding and livestock production systems in Ethiopia, Peru, and Nepal as well as agricultural systems in Nepal. I have some experience in co-supervising master thesis research on learning and gender issues.

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