Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Applied Economics

Research Area leader: Professor Eddie Oczkowski

Eddie Oczkowski

  • Overview
  • Members
  • Projects
  • Current Students
  • PhD/DBA Topics
  • Honours Topics

Overview

Applied Economics is one of the strategic research areas within the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences.  It focuses on economic issues and government policy related to agricultural, trade and development and environmental economics.

Our vision is to be a world leader in the analysis of agricultural, trade and development and environmental economics issues, and to contribute significantly to Australian and international debates on public policy. By pursuing this vision we will extend our contribution to key societal issues, and develop CSU's reputation for producing outcomes "For the Public Good".

Our mission is focused on publishing high quality work on agricultural, trade and development and environmental economics issues. We aim to publish our work in high quality Australian and international journals. As we progress in our research we expect to inform the Australian community about issues of critical importance, and contribute to policy debate.  We will also continue to contribute to the education and training of highly qualified research and higher degree students.

Issues under investigation in the area of agricultural economics include the management and production of agricultural goods, international trade in agricultural and manufactured goods, agricultural land-use change, supply chain management and seasonal climate forecasts. Development economics research is focused on the economic, business, management, social and political aspects of economic development, particularly in China, south and southeast Asia and the Pacific. Environmental economics research is targeted towards valuation of changes in environmental quality, development of market-based instruments and research into encouraging participation in market-based instrument programs and incentives, and climate change communications.

Our philosophy is to incorporate a strong business emphasis into our applied economics research. While the focus within some of our research programs is on important Australian issues, such as the Murray-Darling Basin, there is also a strong international component to much of our work.

Members

Name Title/Position Employer if not Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, CSU Location

Kevin Parton

Professor

 

Orange/Bathurst

John Hicks

Professor

 

Bathurst

Mark Morrison

Professor

 

Bathurst

Eddie Oczkowski

Professor

 

Wagga Wagga

Roderick Duncan

Senior Lecturer

 

Bathurst

Yapa Bandara

Lecturer

 

Wagga Wagga

Karl Behrendt

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Science

Orange

Richard Culas Lecturer Faculty of Science Orange

David Godden

Professor

Adjunct

Sydney

Darla Hatton MacDonald

Dr

Adjunct/CSIRO

Adelaide

Thomas Murphy Lecturer/Researcher Adjunct Bathurst
Di Girijasankar Mallik Senior Lecturer University of Western Sydney Sydney

Projects

 

Current Students

StudentAwardTopicSupervisor
Quoc Hieu Au MSA Contract Farming and Value Chain Efficiency for Vegetable Growers in Quang Nam Province Vietnam

Dr Richard Culas rculas@csu.edu.au
02 63657590

Ngoc Nguyen Bui MSA Rice Export and Food Security in Vietnam: Policy and Implications

Dr Richard Culas rculas@csu.edu.au
02 63657590 

Mark Frost  PhD The nature and strength of the relationship between the real Australian exchange rate and world commodity prices

Professor Kevin Parton
kparton@csu.edu.au
02 6365 7654

Dr Jammie Penm
jpenm@abare.gov.au

Sosheel Godfrey PhD Traditional domestic milk value chains and dairy policy environment in Pakistan

Professor Gavin Ramsay gramsay@csu.edu.au
02 69334795

Dr Karl Behrendt kbehrendt@csu.edu.au
02 63657119 

Gopal Giri DSA Diversifying Bhutan's Agriculture Sector through commercialisation

Dr Richard Culas rculas@csu.edu.au
02 63657590

Professor Kishor Sharma

Keith Henderson  Hons Impact of the AUD on Australian fund managers asset allocations and strategic direction

Assoc Prof Mark Frost
mfrost@csu.edu.au
02 63384455

James Karbowiak MABM Capturing value for the family farm through farm gate branding of produce.  Success factors from case studies of food producing farms in Central Western NSW.

Dr Karl Behrendt kbehrendt@csu.edu.au
02 63657119

Professor David Falepau dfalepau@csu.edu.au
02 69332566

Koena Mathekga MSA Factors Influencing Adaptation of Farmers for Reallocation of Water Use: The LCC System in Pakistan 

Dr Richard Culas rculas@csu.edu.au
02 63657590 

Tran Quyen Nguyen MSA Causes of Low Coffee quality in Vietnam and strategies for improvement

Dr Richard Culas rculas@csu.edu.au
02 63657590

Nirmala Singh  DBA Female enterprises in Fiji:  issues of access to finance

Assoc Prof Branka Krivokapic-Skoko
bkrivokapic@csu.edu.au

02 6338 4428 

Professor Kishor Sharma

Lucinda Stayley MOen&Vit Identifying strategies for Australian wine producers to increase product saleability in European markets

Dr Karl Behrendt kbehrendt@csu.edu.au
02 63657119

Carl Sudholz  PhD User centered design in the development of agricultural software

Dr Yann Guisard
yguisard@csu.edu.au
02 6365 7889

Professor Kevin Parton
kparton@csu.edu.au
02 6365 7654

Samir Thapa PhD Impact of the clean development mechanism in Nepal

Professor Kevin Parton
kparton@csu.edu.au
02 6365 7654

Dr Roderick Duncan
rduncan@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4982

Buyani Thomy  PhD Economic value of improvements in the health of urban waterways

Dr Roderick Duncan
rduncan@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4982

Professor Mark Morrison
mmorrison@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4253

James Vordtriede  DBA The effects of IMF and World Bank conditionality in Sub-Saharan African nations

Professor Eddie Oczkowski
eoczkowski@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2377

Professor Kishor Sharma

Abdual Wazirzadad  DBA Evaluating the efficient use of road network in NSW

Prof John Hicks
jhicks@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4234

Shana Wilkinson MABM Optimising the use of key performance indicators in Corporate Farming Systems:  relationships with enterprise scale and the adaption potential of alternate industry indicators

Dr Karl Behrendt kbehrendt@csu.edu.au
02 63657119

Professor David Falepau dfalepau@csu.edu.au
02 69332566

PhD/DBA Topics

The following opportunities exist in applied economics:

Supervisors Topics

Professor Eddie Oczkowski
eoczkowski@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2377

  • Imperfect competition in agricultural commodity markets
  • Analysing the market for wine grapes in Australia
  • Hedonic Wine Price functions
  • Why do co-operatives fail?
Professor John Hicks
jhicks@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4234
  • The nursing labour market in regional Australia
  • Comparison of economic growth prospects in China and India
  • Economic policy in the context of Australia's regions and regional labour markets
  • Optimal transformative change in agricultural districts affected by drought and climate change
Dr Yapa Bandara
ybandara@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2960  
  • Trade and investment in the Asian region
  • Productivity and efficiency growth
  • Foreign direct Investment in emerging Economies
  • Policy reforms and growth 

Dr Roderick Duncan
rduncan@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4982

  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Economic performance and governance in Pacific island economies
  • Pacific island constitutions, economic performance and governance
  • Efficiency analysis of Australian universities
  • Behavioural finance and the share market

Honours Topics

SupervisorsTopics
Professor Kevin Parton
kparton@csu.edu.au
02 6365 7654
Orange
Discipline: Management and Marketing
  • A cost-benefit analysis of a single water authority for the Bathurst-Orange region
  • Estimating the recreation benefits for the Lake Canobolas Reserve
  • Experience curve analysis to develop projections of likely future costs of different forms of electricity generation in Australia

Professor Eddie Oczkowski
eoczkowski@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2377
Wagga Wagga
Discipline: Economics/Finance

  • Hedonic Wine Price Functions
  • Measuring the identity of a co-operative
  • Why do co-operatives fail?
  • An empirical model of wine grape demand and supply in Australia
  • Member participation, commitment, attitudes and performance in co-operatives

Professor John Hicks
jhicks@csu.edu.au 
02 6338 4234
Bathurst
Discipline: Economics/Finance

  • Economic development in China
  • Regional development in Australia
  • Labour market analysis
Dr Yapa Bandara
ybandara@csu.edu.au
02 6933 2960
Wagga Wagga
Discipline: Economics/Finance
  • Australia–China trade and investment relations. What can we learn?  
  • Recent trends in productivity and efficiency in the Australian agricultural industry

Dr Roderick Duncan
rduncan@csu.edu.au
02 6338 4982
Bathurst
Discipline:  Economics/Finance 

  • Political economy and elections in Papua New Guinea
  • Cost-benefit analysis of a Reserve Bank in a Pacific island economy