Dr Jeffrey Neilson

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Research interests

Jeff's research focuses on natural resource management and rural economic development in South and Southeast Asia, with specific area expertise on Indonesia.

These interests are explored through two complementary research programs. The first explores the livelihood implications of market engagement for smallholder farmers in the Global South using a value chain framework. The second examines emerging forms of environmental and resource governance arising from the confluence of conventional state structures, civil society organisations and market-driven regulation such as certification schemes and payments for ecosystem services. Jeff is currently involved in research projects addressing sustainable cocoa production in Eastern Indonesia (Sulawesi and Papua), smallholder access to specialty coffee markets (Sulawesi, Flores and Papua), and forest governance, spatial planning and community-based natural resource management (Sumatra). He recently led an Australian Geographic Society expedition across Southeast Asia, where he re-visited the collecting sites of renowned 19th century naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace.

Teaching and supervision

Jeff is the coordinator of the undergraduate major in Environmental Studies and the postgraduate program in Environmental Science. He also teaches into the following units of study:

GEOS2121 Environmental and Resource Management

GEOS3053 Southeast Asia Field School

ENVI5903 Sustainable Development

ENVI5501 Environmental Science Research Project

Associations

In the media

18 June, 2014: Economic Prospects of a Prabowo Presidency - The Wall Street Journal

6 february, 2014: Less Jakarta and more some bygone world era - The Canberra Times

25 November, 2013: The New Reality of Australia-Indonesia Relations - SBS Online

11 November, 2011: Indonesian villagers languishing in Australian Jails - The Jakarta Post

9 November, 2011: People smuggling laws and deaths at sea - ABC The Drum

17 June, 2011: Livestock furore and asylum seekers - Sydney Morning Herald

Other Media Appearances

23 July, 2014: Jokowi win a turning point for Indonesia - Bloomberg TV

25 July, 2014: New era of trade with Indonesia president-elect Jokowi - ABC News

8 July, 2014: Ex-general adopts father image in poll after abuse charge - Bloomberg News

12 June, 2014: Meet the candidates as Indonesia's presidential race hots up - ABC News

Neilson, J.and Lagerqvist, Y. F. (2010). Development and Destruction: the power of the grain, Asian Geographic, 74 (5).

Neilson, J. (2010). In the Footsteps of Alfred Russel Wallace: Conservation Challenges in Today’s Malay Archipelago, Asian Geographic, 71 (2) 2005. 46-49.

Neilson, J. (2005). The Future of Java’s Historic Tea Gardens. Asian Geographic (4), pp32-41.

International links

Indonesia

(Hasanuddin University - UNHAS) Jeff works together with socio-economic researchers at UNHAS as part of a large, collaborative research grouping investigating the sustainability of the Indonesian cocoa sector.

Indonesia

(Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute - ICCRI) The University of Sydney works with ICCRI on research to develop the Indonesian coffee and cocoa sectors.

Indonesia

(University of Indonesia) The University of Sydney and the University of Indonesia collaborate on joint field Schools in Indonesia for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Indonesia

(University of Lampung - UNILA) The University of Sydney conducts joint research with UNILA into on policy aspects related to global value chain development in the Indonesian commodity sector.

Singapore

(National University of Singapore - NUS) Economic geographers at NUS and Sydney University have been collaborating on a research program on 'Value Chains, Production Networks, and the Geographies of Development'.

Selected grants

2013

  • Evaluating smallholder livelihoods and sustainability in Indonesian coffee and cocoa value chains; Neilson J, Butt S, Toth R; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)/Research and Development Programs.

2012

  • The Sydney Network on Climate Change and Society; McCalman I, Schlosberg D, Bashford A, Probyn E, Allon F, Giles P, Smith V, Marks P, Celermajer D, Mikler J, Chester L, Gurran N, Shrestha K, Lyster R, McManus P, Pritchard W, Neilson J, Byrne M, Wright C, de Berigny Wall C; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2011

  • Improving the sustainability of coca production in eastern Indonesia through integrated pest, disease and soil management in an effective and policy environment; Guest D, Neilson J; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)/Research and Development Programs.
  • Value Chains, Production Networks, and the Geographies if Development: Emerging Challenges and Future Agendas; Neilson J; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2008

  • Enhancing farmer engagement with specialty coffee chains in Eastern Indonesia; Neilson J, Pritchard W; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)/Research Support.
  • Global markets and agricultural change in Indonesia and India; Neilson J; University of Sydney/Bridging Fellowship.
  • Farming at the forest frontier; Neilson J, Pritchard W; Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID)/Australia Indonesia Governance Research Partnership.

2007

  • Improving cocoa production through farmer involvement in demonstration trials of potentially superior and pest/disease resistant genotypes and integrated management practices; Guest D, Neilson J; Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)/International Agricultural Research.

2006

  • Indian agricluture in the 21st century: The political economy of market reforms; Pritchard W, Connell J, Neilson J; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2004

  • Traceability as a mode of ordering: implications for developing countries participation in international agrofood - APD (Neilson); Neilson J, Pritchard W; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2009). Value Chain Struggles: Institutions and Governance in the Plantation Districts of South India. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Book Chapters

  • Neilson, J., Leimona, B. (2013). Payments for ecosystem services and environmental governance in Indonesia. In Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (Eds.), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+, (pp. 207-229). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Neilson, J., Arifin, B. (2012). Food Security and the De-Agrarianisation of the Indonesian Economy. In Christopher Rosin, Paul Stock, Hugh Campbell (Eds.), Food Systems Failure: The Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture, (pp. 147-164). Oxon, UK: Earthscan.
  • Fold, N., Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2011). Being sandwiched: The reshaping of ASEAN-China food trade. In Darryl S.L. Jarvis and Anthony R. Welch (Eds.), ASEAN Industries and the Challenge from China, (pp. 180-209). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Neilson, J., Soutar, L., Pritchard, W., Arifin, B., Gracy, C., Kham, T. (2010). Challenges of global environmental governance by non-state actors in the coffee industry: Insights from India, Indonesia and Vietnam. In Stewart Lockie, David Carpenter (Eds.), Agriculture, Biodiversity and Markets Livelihoods and Agroecology in Comparative Perspective, (pp. 175-200). London: Earthscan.
  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2008). Big is Not Always better: Global Value Chain Restructuring and the Crisis in South Indian tea Estates. In Christina Stringer and Richard le Heron (Eds.), Agri-Food Commodity Chains and Globalising Networks (Dynamics of Economic Space), (pp. 35-48). England & USA: Ashgate.
  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2007). The Final Frontier? The Global roll-out of the Retail Revolution in India. In David Burch & Geoffrey Lawrence (Eds.), Supermarkets and Agri-food Supply Chains:Transformations in the Production and Consumption of Foods, (pp. 219-242). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Neilson, J. (2005). The Politics of Place: Geographical identities along the coffee supply chain from Toraja to Tokyo. In Niels Fold and Bill Pritchard (Eds.), Cross-Continental Food Chains, (pp. 193-206). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Journals

  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2010). Fairness and ethicality in their place: The regional dynamics of fair trade and ethical sourcing agendas in the plantation districts of South India. Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research, 42(8), 1833-1851. [More Information]
  • Neilson, J. (2008). Environmental Governance in the Coffee Forests of Kodagu, South India. Transforming Cultures eJournal, 3(1), 185-195.
  • Neilson, J. (2008). Global Private Regulation and Value-Chain Restructuring in Indonesian Smallholder Coffee Systems. World Development, 36(9), 1607-1622.
  • Neilson, J. (2007). Global markets, farmers and the state: sustaining profits in the Indonesian cocoa sector. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 43(2), 227-250.
  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2007). Green coffee? The contradictions of global sustainability initiatives from an Indian perspective. Development Policy Review, 25(3), 311-331.
  • Neilson, J. (2007). Institutions, the governance of quality and on-farm value retention for Indonesian specialty coffee. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 28(2), 188-204.
  • Pritchard, W., Neilson, J., Spriggs, J. (2006). Implementing quality and traceability initiatives among smallholder tea producers in Southern India. Acta Horticulturae, 699, 327-334.

Conferences

  • Neilson, J. (2013). The Sustainability of Coffee-based Livelihoods: A Study of Social and Economic Change in Rural Indonesia. 24th International Conference on Coffee Science, san jose, costa rica: ASIC.
  • Hartatri, D., Neilson, J., Arifin, B., Lagerqvist (nee Fujita), Y. (2012). Livelihood Strategies of Smallholder Coffee Farmers in South Sulawesi and East Nusa Tenggara (Flores). Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Coffee Science, Bali, Indonesia: Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute.
  • Neilson, J., Arifin, B., Lagerqvist (nee Fujita), Y., Hartatri, D. (2010). Quality Upgrading in Specialty Coffee Chains and Smallholder Livelihoods in Eastern Indonesia: Opportunities and Challenges. 23rd International Conference on Coffee Science ASIC 2010. Association for Science and Information on Coffee.
  • Purung, H., Mohammed, M., Fauziah, K., Imron, M., Hilman, H., Sulistyowati, E., Sukamto, S., Susilo, A., Mardiono, E., Purwantara, A., et al (2009). Testing Local Genotypes with Cocoa Smallholders in Sulawesi. Cocoa Producer's Alliance Conference.
  • Neilson, J. (2005). Industry responses to research and extension in the Sulawesi Cocoa industry. Malaysian International Cocoa Conference 2005, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Cocoa Board.

Original Creative Work

  • Neilson, J., Sumule, D., Wagianto, X. (2013). Country Scan for the Development of a Farmer Support Facility in Indonesia, (pp. 1 - 44). , UNSPECIFIED: .
  • Hafid, H., Neilson, J., Mount, T., McKenzie, F. (2013). Sustainability Impact Assessment of a Certification Scheme in the Indonesian Cocoa Industry: 2012 Pilot Survey Results. Sustainability Impact Assessment of a Certification Scheme in the Indonesian Cocoa Industry: 2012 Pi, Pilot Survey Results 2012, (pp. i - 77). , UNSPECIFIED: .
  • Neilson, J. (2008). Program Gerakan Nasional Percepatan Revitalisasi Kakao Sulawesi (GERNAS): Masukan strategis dari Cocoa Sustainability Partnership (CSP) [Strategic Recommendations for the development of the Indonesian National Cocoa Program (GERNAS)]. Program Gerakan Nasional Percepatan Revitalisasi Kakao Sulawesi (GERNAS), (pp. i - 42). , UNSPECIFIED: .

Report

  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2006). Traceability, supply chains and smallholders: Case studies from India and Indonesia.

Other

  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W., Wai-Chung, H. (2014), Global value chains and global production networks in the changing international political economy: An introduction.
  • Neilson, J. (2014), Value chains, neoliberalism and development practice: the Indonesian experience.

2014

  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W., Wai-Chung, H. (2014), Global value chains and global production networks in the changing international political economy: An introduction.
  • Neilson, J. (2014), Value chains, neoliberalism and development practice: the Indonesian experience.

2013

  • Neilson, J., Sumule, D., Wagianto, X. (2013). Country Scan for the Development of a Farmer Support Facility in Indonesia, (pp. 1 - 44). , UNSPECIFIED: .
  • Neilson, J., Leimona, B. (2013). Payments for ecosystem services and environmental governance in Indonesia. In Rosemary Lyster, Catherine MacKenzie, Constance McDermott (Eds.), Law, Tropical Forests and Carbon: The Case of REDD+, (pp. 207-229). New York, United States: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hafid, H., Neilson, J., Mount, T., McKenzie, F. (2013). Sustainability Impact Assessment of a Certification Scheme in the Indonesian Cocoa Industry: 2012 Pilot Survey Results. Sustainability Impact Assessment of a Certification Scheme in the Indonesian Cocoa Industry: 2012 Pi, Pilot Survey Results 2012, (pp. i - 77). , UNSPECIFIED: .
  • Neilson, J. (2013). The Sustainability of Coffee-based Livelihoods: A Study of Social and Economic Change in Rural Indonesia. 24th International Conference on Coffee Science, san jose, costa rica: ASIC.

2012

  • Neilson, J., Arifin, B. (2012). Food Security and the De-Agrarianisation of the Indonesian Economy. In Christopher Rosin, Paul Stock, Hugh Campbell (Eds.), Food Systems Failure: The Global Food Crisis and the Future of Agriculture, (pp. 147-164). Oxon, UK: Earthscan.
  • Hartatri, D., Neilson, J., Arifin, B., Lagerqvist (nee Fujita), Y. (2012). Livelihood Strategies of Smallholder Coffee Farmers in South Sulawesi and East Nusa Tenggara (Flores). Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Coffee Science, Bali, Indonesia: Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute.

2011

  • Fold, N., Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2011). Being sandwiched: The reshaping of ASEAN-China food trade. In Darryl S.L. Jarvis and Anthony R. Welch (Eds.), ASEAN Industries and the Challenge from China, (pp. 180-209). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

2010

  • Neilson, J., Soutar, L., Pritchard, W., Arifin, B., Gracy, C., Kham, T. (2010). Challenges of global environmental governance by non-state actors in the coffee industry: Insights from India, Indonesia and Vietnam. In Stewart Lockie, David Carpenter (Eds.), Agriculture, Biodiversity and Markets Livelihoods and Agroecology in Comparative Perspective, (pp. 175-200). London: Earthscan.
  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2010). Fairness and ethicality in their place: The regional dynamics of fair trade and ethical sourcing agendas in the plantation districts of South India. Environment and Planning A: international journal of urban and regional research, 42(8), 1833-1851. [More Information]
  • Neilson, J., Arifin, B., Lagerqvist (nee Fujita), Y., Hartatri, D. (2010). Quality Upgrading in Specialty Coffee Chains and Smallholder Livelihoods in Eastern Indonesia: Opportunities and Challenges. 23rd International Conference on Coffee Science ASIC 2010. Association for Science and Information on Coffee.

2009

  • Purung, H., Mohammed, M., Fauziah, K., Imron, M., Hilman, H., Sulistyowati, E., Sukamto, S., Susilo, A., Mardiono, E., Purwantara, A., et al (2009). Testing Local Genotypes with Cocoa Smallholders in Sulawesi. Cocoa Producer's Alliance Conference.
  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2009). Value Chain Struggles: Institutions and Governance in the Plantation Districts of South India. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

2008

  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2008). Big is Not Always better: Global Value Chain Restructuring and the Crisis in South Indian tea Estates. In Christina Stringer and Richard le Heron (Eds.), Agri-Food Commodity Chains and Globalising Networks (Dynamics of Economic Space), (pp. 35-48). England & USA: Ashgate.
  • Neilson, J. (2008). Environmental Governance in the Coffee Forests of Kodagu, South India. Transforming Cultures eJournal, 3(1), 185-195.
  • Neilson, J. (2008). Global Private Regulation and Value-Chain Restructuring in Indonesian Smallholder Coffee Systems. World Development, 36(9), 1607-1622.
  • Neilson, J. (2008). Program Gerakan Nasional Percepatan Revitalisasi Kakao Sulawesi (GERNAS): Masukan strategis dari Cocoa Sustainability Partnership (CSP) [Strategic Recommendations for the development of the Indonesian National Cocoa Program (GERNAS)]. Program Gerakan Nasional Percepatan Revitalisasi Kakao Sulawesi (GERNAS), (pp. i - 42). , UNSPECIFIED: .

2007

  • Neilson, J. (2007). Global markets, farmers and the state: sustaining profits in the Indonesian cocoa sector. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 43(2), 227-250.
  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2007). Green coffee? The contradictions of global sustainability initiatives from an Indian perspective. Development Policy Review, 25(3), 311-331.
  • Neilson, J. (2007). Institutions, the governance of quality and on-farm value retention for Indonesian specialty coffee. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 28(2), 188-204.
  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2007). The Final Frontier? The Global roll-out of the Retail Revolution in India. In David Burch & Geoffrey Lawrence (Eds.), Supermarkets and Agri-food Supply Chains:Transformations in the Production and Consumption of Foods, (pp. 219-242). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2006

  • Pritchard, W., Neilson, J., Spriggs, J. (2006). Implementing quality and traceability initiatives among smallholder tea producers in Southern India. Acta Horticulturae, 699, 327-334.
  • Neilson, J., Pritchard, W. (2006). Traceability, supply chains and smallholders: Case studies from India and Indonesia.

2005

  • Neilson, J. (2005). Industry responses to research and extension in the Sulawesi Cocoa industry. Malaysian International Cocoa Conference 2005, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Cocoa Board.
  • Neilson, J. (2005). The Politics of Place: Geographical identities along the coffee supply chain from Toraja to Tokyo. In Niels Fold and Bill Pritchard (Eds.), Cross-Continental Food Chains, (pp. 193-206). London: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

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