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Dr Ann Starasts

Dr Ann Starasts
Name Ann Starasts
Position Specified Term/Task
Section Centre for Agricultural Engineering (Research)
Office P9-130
Location Toowoomba Campus
Email
Qualifications BAgSc(Hons) Qld , PhD Qld

Ann is a Research Fellow with the Centre for Agricultural Engineering, working in agricultural information, knowledge and communications and undertaking evaluations and usability studies. She currently leads Adoption and Livelihoods studies 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 previously undertook research into rural and regional communities¿ learning 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 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
Rural and regional community participation in learning (CRN Research theme).
Information seeking and literacies 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
Australasia Pacific Extension Network

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Agriculture and the Environment (IAgE)
  • International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences (ICACS)
  • National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA)

Research most recent
Starasts, Ann, “Unearthing farmers’ information seeking contexts – and challenges in digital, local and industry environments”. Library and Information Science Research Accepted (2015)

Starasts, A.M. (2015) Does Farmer Information-seeking align with Online Drought Management Content? Paper presented at the European Seminar for Education and Extension and the Association for International Agricultural and Extension and Education Conference.

Kelly, N., Bennett, J. and Starasts, A., ‘Networked learning as an approach to ICT use within agriculture’ Journal article submitted 2015


Research most notable
Easdown, W & Starasts, A 2004, ‘Constructing useful information for farmers– the role of IT’, Invited keynote paper to the 4th International Crop Science Congress, September, 2004, Brisbane.

Starasts, AM (2005) ‘Battling the knowledge factor: A study of farmers' information seeking, learning and knowledge processes within an online environment in Queensland’ PhD thesis. (Queensland University, Brisbane).

Starasts, AM (2013) National business communications plan - Pulse Australia.


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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