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Professor Geoff Cockfield

Professor Geoff Cockfield
Name Geoff Cockfield
Position Executive Director (Institute for Resilient Regions)
Section Institute for Resilient Regions (Operations)
Office Q517
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 1246
Extension 1246
Qualifications BA UCSQ , MPubPol UNE , PhD Qld

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Agricultural Land Management ( 070101 )
  • Public Policy ( 160510 )
  • Natural Resource Management ( 050209 )

Research interests
Agricultural policy
Natural resources management policy
Environmental politics
Australian politics

Professional memberships
Australian Political Studies Association
Australian Rangeland Society
European Consortium for Political Research

USQ Research affiliations

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

Currently teaching courses/programs
POL3013 Sustainability and Politics
ECO 8012 Methods for Sustainable Development

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
26 Years

Administrative responsibilities
Research Team Leader (Sustainable Agricultural Environments)

Research most recent
1. Cockfield, Geoff, Courtenay Botterill, Linda and Simon Kelly (2018) A prospective evaluation of contingent loans as a means of financing wild dog exclusion fences, The Rangeland Journal, 40 (6): 591-601.
2. Cockfield, G. and L.C. Botterill (2018) ‘Agricultural and Rural Policy in Australia’ in Meyers, William H and Thomas H Johnson Handbook on International Food and Agricultural Policy, Volume I: Policies for Agricultural Markets and Rural Economic Activity World Scientific.
3. Maraseni, Tek Narayan, Son, Hoang Lien, Cockfield, Geoff, Duy, Hung Vu and Tran Dai Nghia (2017) Comparing the financial returns from acacia plantations with different plantation densities and rotation ages in Vietnam, Forestry Policy and Economics, 83: 80-87.

Research most notable
Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Geoff Cockfield (2016) ‘The relative importance of landscape amenity and health impacts in the wind farm debate in Australia’ Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning 18(4): 447-462.
Maraseni, T. N. and G. Cockfield (2015) The financial implications of converting farmland to state-supported environmental plantings in the Darling Downs Region, Queensland, Agricultural Systems, 135, 57-65.

Williams, A., White, N., Mushtaq, S., Cockfield, G., Power, B & Kouadio, L. (2015), Quantifying the response of cotton production in eastern Australia to climate change, Climatic Change, 129(1-2) 183-196.

Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Cockfield, Geoff and White, Neil and Jakeman, Guy (2014) ‘Modelling interactions between farm-level structural adjustment and a regional economy: a case of the Australian rice industry’, Agricultural Systems, 123: 34-42.

Cockfield, G. and L. Botterill, (2012), ‘Searching for signs of Countrymindedness: a survey of attitudes to rural industries and people’, Australian Journal of Political Science, 47(4): 609-622.

Maraseni, T. and G. Cockfield (2011) ‘Crops, cows or timber? Including carbon values in land use choices’, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 140: 280-288.

Maron, M. and Cockfield, G. (2008) ‘Managing tradeoffs in landscape restoration and revegetation projects’. Ecological Applications 18(8): 2041-2049.

Publications in ePrints

Poudyal, Bishnu Hari and Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Cockfield, Geoff (2019) Impacts of forest management on tree species richness and composition:Assessment of forest management regimes in Tarai landscape Nepal. Applied Geography, 111 (Article 102078). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0143-6228

Acharya, Ram Prasad and Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Cockfield, Geoff (2019) Local users and other stakeholders’ perceptions of the identification and prioritization of ecosystem services in fragile mountains: a case study of Chure Region of Nepal. Forests, 10 (421). pp. 1-20.

Pham, Yen and Reardon-Smith, Kathryn and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Cockfield, Geoff (2019) The impact of climate change and variability on coffee production: a systematic review. Climatic Change. ISSN 0165-0009

Cockfield, Geoff and Botterill, Linda Courtenay and Kelly, Simon (2018) A prospective evaluation of contingent loans as a means of financing wild dog exclusion fences. The Rangeland Journal, 40 (6). pp. 591-601. ISSN 1036-9872

Williams, Allyson and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Kouadio, Louis and Power, Brendan and Marcussen, Torben and McRae, David and Cockfield, Geoff (2018) An investigation of farm-scale adaptation options for cotton production in the face of future climate change and water allocation policies in southern Queensland, Australia. Agricultural Water Management, 196. pp. 124-132. ISSN 0378-3774

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