School of Economics consolidates world-class position with addition of disciplines

14 April 2014

Agriculture Economics and Resources Economics will join the School Economics
Agriculture Economics and Resources Economics will join the School Economics

To equip Australia to better respond to challenges in agriculture, resources, energy and commodity pricing, the University of Sydney's disciplines of Agriculture Economics and Resource Economics (ARE) will join the School of Economics.

The move establishes the School as one of the most comprehensive in the Asia-Pacific region equipped to address these areas of national importance.

ARE is transferring from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment to the School of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

"The alliance of ARE and Economics scholars means greater multidisciplinary collaboration on issues such as food security, resource depletion and sustainable development," said Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

"It represents a 'critical mass' of economists in areas including international trade, development economics and econometrics which is unique in Australia. They will deliver cutting-edge teaching and research, along with significant contributions to public policy and debate."

"It strengthens the University's commitment to producing graduates with the skills and ambition to tackle vital issues, backed by research that leads to solutions."

Students will have access to a wider variety of majors including two new majors being established in 2015 as part of the Bachelor of Economics: Agricultural Economics, and Environmental and Resource Economics.

Professor Mark Adams, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment said, "These changes, and the accompanying appointment of a new Chair in Agricultural and Resource Economics within the new school, signify the ongoing commitment of the University of Sydney to agriculture."

"The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment is delighted to support these changes, that will better allow our scholars to deliver innovation for the Australian agricultural sector."

Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence said, "This is an exciting time for Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Sydney. I believe these moves will not only help deliver outstanding teaching and research in these areas for the benefit of Australia, but also elevate the importance of frontier research in agricultural and resource economics, especially in the fields of food security and energy, helping us to address some of the defining societal challenges of our time."

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