Thursday 9 February, 2017
AEGIC’s economics team has won the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society’s 2017 Quality of Research Communication Award.
The award, announced at the AARES annual conference dinner in Brisbane on 8 February, went to Prof Ross Kingwell, Dr Chris Carter, Peter Elliot and Dr Peter White for their twin reports into the grain industries of Russia and Ukraine and the implications for Australia’s wheat industry.
The reports warn that increasing wheat exports from the Black Sea region have the potential to undermine Australia’s competitiveness in key Asian markets.
Prof Kingwell said he was pleased and honoured to accept the award on behalf of his team.
“It has been fantastic to have had such a strong response across Australia to these two reports,” he said.
“It remains crucial that the Australian industry takes seriously the threats outlined in the reports. Australia needs to ensure that its response is well-considered, coordinated and strategic.”
AARES Quality of Research Communication Award Committee Chair Dr Geoff Kerr said the nominations for the award were of an extremely high standard.
“The Committee felt that the clarity of writing, the quality of presentation, including use of images, and novel ways for users to obtain further information and to interact make this important work and its implications available to a broad audience,” he said.
“The reports were clear, concise, interesting, and evidence-based, with clear implications. Subsequent demand for extending this information to sectoral groups reinforces the timeliness and importance of the work, and its ability to stimulate interest with a broad range of potential users.”
The Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society was founded in 1957 and has members from Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe and Asia. These members mostly are economists and other social science professionals employed in universities, government and non-government agencies and the private sector.
Each year the Society awards a Quality of Research Communication prize.
Six major areas are considered when awarding the prize: the importance of topic; the timeliness of topic; the excellence of the communication to an audience primarily outside the profession; the significance of contribution to the literature or other media, the organisation and presentation of material; and the economic content of the communication.