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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
Email
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

  • Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECE)
  • Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Systems (CSAS)

Teaching experience(Tertiary)
30 Years

Research most recent
Tran, Van Thanh and An-Vo, Duc-Anh 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

Shukr, Hanan H. and Pembleton, Keith G. and Zull, Andrew F. and Cockfield, Geoff J. (2021) Impacts of Effects of Deficit Irrigation Strategy on Water Use Efficiency and Yield in Cotton under Different Irrigation Systems. Agronomy, 11 (2). pp. 1-18.


Research most notable
Aryal, Suman and Cockfield, Geoff and Maraseni, Tek Narayan (2014) Vulnerability of Himalayan transhumant communities to climate change. Climatic Change, 125 (2). pp. 193-208. ISSN 0165-0009

Maraseni, T. N. and Cockfield, G. and Maroulis, J. (2010) An assessment of greenhouse gas emissions: implications for the Australian cotton industry. The Journal of Agricultural Science, 148 (5). pp. 501-510. ISSN 0021-8596

Maraseni, Tek Narayan and Son, Hoang Lien and Cockfield, Geoff and Duy, Hung Vu and Nghia, Tran Dai (2017) Comparing the financial returns from acacia plantations with different plantation densities and rotation ages in Vietnam. Forest Policy and Economics, 83. pp. 80-87. ISSN 1389-9341

Cockfield, Geoff and Botterill, Linda Courtenay (2012) Signs of countrymindedness: a survey of attitudes to rural industries and people. Australian Journal of Political Science, 47 (4). pp. 609-622. ISSN 1036-1146


Publications in ePrints

Tran, Van Thanh and An-Vo, Duc-AnhORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7528-7139 and Mushtaq, Shahbaz and Cockfield, Geoff (2022) Nuanced assessment of livelihood resilience through the intersectional lens of gender and ethnicity: evidence from small-scale farming communities in the upland regions of Vietnam. Journal of Rural Studies, 92. pp. 68-78. ISSN 0743-0167

Tran, Van Thanh and An-Vo, Duc-AnhORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7528-7139 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 NarayanORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9361-1983 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

Shukr, Hanan H. and Pembleton, Keith G.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1896-4516 and Zull, Andrew F. and Cockfield, Geoff J. (2021) Impacts of Effects of Deficit Irrigation Strategy on Water Use Efficiency and Yield in Cotton under Different Irrigation Systems. Agronomy, 11 (2). pp. 1-18.

Poudyal, Bishnu Hari and Maraseni, TekORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9361-1983 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

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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 )
  • Environmental Management ( 410400 )
  • Policy And Administration ( 440700 )
  • Agriculture ( 300200 )