ARE Students take on global bio-economy

1 August 2012

Two current Agricultural and Resource Economics students are looking forward to presenting papers at the 28th International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) Triennial Conference. The conference will take place in Brazil on the18-24 August and this year's focus will be: The Global Bio-Economy.

The IAAE is a worldwide confederation of agricultural economists and others concerned with agricultural economic problems, including problems related to the use of renewable resources and the environment.

The renowned conference provides an invaluable opportunity for students to present research undertaken with the support of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics to the wider community of agricultural economists. It will allow the best and brightest to showcase their talents in an international market.

Thu Hien Laura Ngo will be presenting her honours thesis on "Geography and economic growth in Vietnam."

Cameron King will be presenting his paper "Insuring income against human capital shocks using wage indexes."

Alumnus Chris Wokker who graduated with a degree in Resource Economics (Hons I) in 2010 will be presenting his thesis, "Irrigation Water Productivity in Cambodian Rice Systems."

Alumnus Jibran Punthakey who also graduated with a degree in Resource Economics (Hons I) in 2010 is presenting his paper: "Optimal Management of Drawdown and Saltwater Intrusion in Coastal Aquifers" which was written under the supervision of Dr. Greg Hertzler:

Another exciting fact was that two out of the three winners of the AARES-ACIAR Travel Awards to the IAAE Conference in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil were from The University of Sydney:

Elizabeth Nolan, from the University of Sydney, had her paper on "Insurance premiums and GM traits", jointly authored with Paulo Santos also from the University of Sydney, accepted for oral presentation as a contributed paper at the conference.

Also accepted for presentation as a contributed paper was the submission from Jibran Punthakey, a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Resource Economics degree program at the University of Sydney. His paper "Optimal management of drawdown and saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers" was completed as part of his undergraduate degree, for which he won the AARES Undergraduate prize for New South Wales in 2010.

Each winner has been offered up to $4 000 to support their travel, accommodation, and registration costs for the conference.

Contact: Mr Bart Ahluwalia

Phone: 02 9036 5026

Email: 540e5d471d513a273330162939551010491d5600097724283f560d44