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Dr Ann Starasts

Dr Ann Starasts
Name Ann Starasts
Position Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales Hub Knowledge Broker
Section Future Drought Fund Hub (Research)
Office Q519C
Location Toowoomba Campus
Email
Qualifications BAgSc(Hons) Qld , PhD Qld

Dr Ann Starasts is Knowledge Broker with the USQ-led Future Drought Fund Southern Queensland and Northern New South Wales Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub. She is a Senior Research Fellow within the Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment and a member of the SQNNSWHub Executive Team. She has expertise in agricultural extension, adoption and innovation, and has undertaken research on agricultural information, knowledge and communications impacts on farmer’s ability to adapt and innovate. Research projects include evaluation of the Australian CliMate app and Soil Water app, and usability and adoption across Australia. She has led Adoption and Livelihoods studies, Supply Chain research and community engagement in an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research-funded project: Improving soil and water management in vegetable production in Laos PDR and Cambodia. She also has a research interest in digital literacy within rural, regional and aging communities and previously researched within the Australian Digital Futures Institute. Prior to this she had almost 30 years as an agronomist, educator and information/communications specialist with Queensland Government where she developed and ran farmer and industry training and information products for the grains & beef sectors in northern Australia. She has a PhD in Agribusiness (UQ) in which she investigated information processes associated with rural innovation. She has managed Government and national Industry agricultural communications accounts and was identified as one of Emerald Grain/Fairfax Media’s 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness.


Research interests
Drought adaptation, preparedness and resilience-building within rural and regional businesses, communities and industries.
Information seeking and literacies relevant to adoption and innovation within rural businesses, networks, communities and industries.
Facilitating personalised learning, innovation and technology adoption in a digital environment.

Professional memberships
International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists

Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education

Industry affiliations
Association for Sustainability in Business

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment (ILSE)

Currently teaching courses/programs
TPP7122 Study Management

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
2 Years

Teaching experience(Other)
25 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Member of the SQNNSW Drought Resilience Hub Executive Team

Research most recent
Starasts, Ann and Ratana, Tech and Putheavy, Yin and Kay, Ratana (2020) Investigating Capacities to Change Soil and Irrigation Practices in Vegetable Production in Two Provinces in Cambodia. Proceedings, 36 (1):210. p. 1.


Kelly, N., Bennett, J. M., & Starasts, A. (2017). Networked learning for agricultural extension: a framework for analysis and two cases. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, 23(5), 399-414. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1389224X.2017.1331173

Starasts, A., Xiong, M, and Tyneth, Ly. 2017 ‘Exploring mobile learning in higher education in Cambodia & Laos PDR’ In Murphy, A and Farley, H., ‘Mobile Learning in Higher Education in the Asia Pacific: Harnessing Trends and Challenging Orthodoxies. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-4944-6_8


Research most notable
Starasts, A. (2018) Evaluation of the Australian CliMate app. Report for the Australian Government’s Managing Climate Variability Program. University of Southern Queensland. https://eprints.usq.edu.au/36504/1/Evaluation%20Australian%20Climate%20app%202018.pdf
Starasts, A. “Unearthing farmers’ information seeking contexts – and challenges in digital, local and industry environments”, Library and Information Science Research 37, no. 2 (2015): 156-163. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0740818815000298
Easdown, W & Starasts, A 2004, ‘Constructing useful information for farmers– the role of IT’, Invited keynote paper and address to the 4th International Crop Science Congress, September, 2004, Brisbane.
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Warwick_Easdown/publication/255575329_Constructing_useful_information_for_farmers_the_role_of_IT/links/5587c23b08ae7bc2f44d5442.pdf


Publications in ePrints

Starasts, Ann and Ratana, Tech and Putheavy, Yin and Kay, Ratan (2020) Investigating Capacities to Change Soil and Irrigation Practices in Vegetable Production in Two Provinces in Cambodia. In: Third International Tropical Agriculture Conference (TROPAG 2019), 11 - 13 Nov 2019, Brisbane, Queensland.

Starasts, Ann and Ratana, Tech (2020) Livelihoods and farming systems report, Cambodia. Project Report. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research , Canberra, Australia. [Report]

Starasts, Ann and Ratana, Tech and Putheavy, Yin and Kay, Ratana (2020) Vegetable input supply chain analysis, Cambodia. Project Report. Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research , Canberra, Australia. [Report]

Starasts, Ann (2018) Australian CliMate app: an evaluation for the Managing Climate Variability Program. Project Report. University of Southern Queensland , Toowoomba, Australia. [Report]

Starasts, Ann (2018) Evaluation of SoilWater app 2018: a report for the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Project Report. University of Southern Queensland , Toowomba, Australia. [Report]

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