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Professor Geoff Cockfield

Professor Geoff Cockfield
Name Geoff Cockfield
Position Casual Employment
Section Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (Research)
Location Toowoomba Campus
Qualifications BA UCSQ , MPubPol UNE , PhD Qld

I am an Honorary Professor in both the Institute for Resilient Regions and the Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems at USQ. Before starting an academic career I worked in agricultural industries and rural journalism. My scholarly research has largely been about agricultural policy and natural resources management and policy. Externally funded research projects have included: evaluating the prospects for increasing rice and cotton production in northern Australia; climate change adaptation for farmers in southern Queensland and northern NSW; financing wild dog exclusion fences in western Queensland; the financial implications of carbon sequestration projects on grazing properties in western NSW; and improving forestry policies in the Lao PDR and Vietnam.I also have an on-going academic interest in the National Party of Australia and its fortunes and the ideas and life of Adam Smith. I was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Agriculture and Life Sciences (2018-19) at Kansas State University, where I conducted a study of comparative agricultural policy in the US and Australia. For this work, I mainly focused on production insurances and related risk management instruments, producer cooperatives, conservation programs and agricultural extension, within the context of international trade rules and relationships and US and Australian domestic politics. I concluded that it will be difficult to start and maintain insurance-type programs and viable cooperatives in Australia, but that much could be done to improve the coordination of therefore effectiveness of extension services. I have also undertaken two studies of farmer decision-making in the dairy industry, using some of the concepts and findings from behavioural economics and related cognitive sciences. From this, I argue that efforts to influence farmer thinking and behaviour, rather than working from a purely rational paradigm, should also consider the widespread use of heuristics in decision-making, social identity, work preferences and family and industry cultures.

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Agricultural Land Management ( 070101 )
  • Public Policy ( 160510 )
  • Natural Resource Management ( 050209 )
  • Agricultural Land Management ( 300202 )
  • Public Policy ( 440709 )
  • Natural Resource Management ( 410406 )
  • Environmental Management ( 410400 )
  • Policy And Administration ( 440700 )
  • Agriculture ( 300200 )

Research interests
Agricultural policy
Farm business decision-making
Natural resources management policy

USQ Research affiliations

  • Institute for Resilient Regions (IRR)
  • Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECE)
  • Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CSAS)

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

Tran, Van Thanh and An-Vo, Duc-AnhORCID: and Cockfield, Geoff and Mushtaq, Shahbaz (2021) Assessing livelihood vulnerability of minority ethnic groups to climate change: a case study from the northwest mountainous regions of Vietnam. Sustainability, 13:7106.

Acharya, Ram Prasad and Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Cockfield, Geoff (2021) Estimating the willingness to pay for regulating and cultural ecosystem services from forested Siwalik landscapes: perspectives of disaggregated users. Annals of Forest Science, 78:51. pp. 1-27. ISSN 1286-4560

Poudyal, Bishnu Hari and Maraseni, Tek and Cockfield, Geoff (2020) An assessment of the policies and practices of selective logging and timber utilisation: A case study from natural forests of Tarai Nepal and Queensland Australia. Land Use Policy, 91:104422. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0264-8377

Acharya, Ram Prasad and Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Cockfield, Geoff (2020) An Ecosystem Services Valuation Research Framework for Policy Integration in Developing Countries: A Case Study from Nepal. Sustainability, 12 (19):8250. pp. 1-15. ISSN 2071-1050

Acharya, Ram Prasad and Maraseni, Tek and Cockfield, Geoff (2020) Assessing the financial contribution and carbon emission pattern of provisioning ecosystem services in Siwalik forests in Nepal: Valuation from the perspectives of disaggregated users. Land Use Policy, 95:104647. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0264-8377

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Agricultural Land Management ( 070101 )
  • Public Policy ( 160510 )
  • Natural Resource Management ( 050209 )
  • Agricultural Land Management ( 300202 )
  • Public Policy ( 440709 )
  • Natural Resource Management ( 410406 )