Vic Drought Hub - Farmland 4

Search our directory of experts in Drought Resilience and Agricultural Innovation.  We've just started building it, but it we will continue to add new researchers and other experts in diverse fields relevant to the Hub's mission.  If you would like to recommend someone, do get in touch:


Dr Tim Clune

Senior LecturerLa Trobe Business School, La Trobe University
  • Outside Victoria, North-East, NW Irrigated Horticulture, North-West, South-West, Gippsland
  • broad-acre, soils, water policy, agriculture policy, rural business resilience

I am passionate about sustainable agribusinesses and their contribution to sustainable regional economies. I have spent the last two decades in senior consulting, research, science management and corporate roles across the private and public sectors and in the not-for-profit sector. My diverse experience includes agribusiness research and education; advising government, agriculture and urban landscape clients as a consulting agronomist as well as environmental and corporate risk management in the water sector. My current research focusses on rural business resilience, the equitable distribution of water resources in regional communities and agriculture policy. My research is grounded in the understanding of farming systems as part of a complex catchment environment. I have undergraduate qualifications in Agricultural Science and a PhD in Agriculture, both from the University of Sydney. Additionally, I have a Masters of Environmental Laws obtained from the Australian National University and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

The key opportunity for agribusiness is capturing the demand of a burgeoning global population. The key challenge is managing the complexity of a dynamic and changing future climate. Necessarily, this requires both clear policy direction as well as an agribusiness sector that has the capacity to foresee and accommodate the necessary management changes required to achieve the production outcomes. Adopting new and innovative production techniques, business models, technology etc will require new and different skills from those currently supporting agribusiness. Consequently, industry and policy makers must work together to develop evidence-based outcomes that support the generation of the new knowledge and skills.


Ross Kingwell

ProfessorUniversity of Western Australia
  • Outside Victoria
  • farm finance, innovation assessment, farming systems analysis, risk analysis, agricultural policy

Ross is a respected agricultural economist; the author of more than 145 journal articles and book chapters, and more than 320 conference papers and policy reports. He is a professor in the School of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Western Australia, chief economist in the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre, and a leader of a small group of economists in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development. Ross has an enduring interest in the financial performance of farm businesses and has published long-term studies of the impact of drought on broad-acre farms in SW Australia.

Changes in Australian and international grain supply chains; changing demand for Australian grain; innovations and policies affecting the Australia's mixed farming systems and grain sector

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Dr Lucie Newsome

LecturerUniversity of New England
  • Outside Victoria
  • gender, farm finance, livestock, beef

My research interests are:

  • Gender and farm succession planning
  • Agricultural labour force change, particularly the professionalisation of agriculture and growth in the professional services sector.
  • Women's roles in agricultural production, particularly regenerative and small scale production.
  • Local food systems and producer and consumer engagement within these food systems.

I teach into the Bachelor of Agribusiness, Bachelor of Business and Master of Human Resource Management at the University of New England.

Creating equality of access to farming resources for a more sustainable and innovative sector.

Daniel Sampson

Danny Sampson

ProfessorUniversity of Melbourne
  • Gippsland, South-West, Outside Victoria
  • farm finance, productivity, quality management, business strategy, ESG, sustainability, supply chain, farm operations

Expert in innovation, have researched on farm practices and profitability in wool and beef industries. Expert in operations management and supply chain design and improvement. Expert in business strategy, especially sustainability and ESG. Experienced in decision-making research and practices.

Future of farming requires modern business models, technologies, operational excellence, and ESG practices

Alexandria Sinnett

Dr Alexandria Sinnett

Senior LecturerUniversity of Melbourne
  • Gippsland, South-West, North-West, NW Irrigated Horticulture, North-East
  • farming systems analysis, risk analysis, farm finance

I am a senior lecturer in farm economics in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Over the last 12 years I have worked on a series of research projects with different agricultural industries to understand the impacts of projected climate changes and to explore options to adapt to a changing climate. I have highly developed skills in economic, financial and risk modelling.

A changing climate and changing consumer preferences

Vic Drought Hub - Farmland 4