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Research interests

  • Agricultural economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Development economics
  • Agricultural business management

Personal profile

Dr Culas's areas of research interests are within agricultural, environmental and development economics and agricultural business management. He has worked in projects funded by sources such as ACIAR, Horticultural Innovation Australia, The Crawford Fund and CSU. His research experiences include cross-country analyses, regional and household level case studies (for countries such as Cambodia, Pakistan, Zambia, Australia, PNG and Norway) and the application of econometric methods.

Recent research activities

  • Agricultural value chain and trade policy analysis
  • Socioeconomic analysis of groundwater and irrigation management
  • Modelling agricultural land use and enterprise diversification
  • Policy analysis of agricultural productivity, food security and poverty reduction
  • Drivers of deforestation and REDD+ policies

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

Qatar National Research Fund (expert reviewer)

External examiner for PhD theses (for Australian and overseas universities)

Peer-Reviewer for international journals (in the areas of economics, science and policy)

Honorary scholar/scientist, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Member of the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Socieity (AARES) 

Editorial roles on journals:

BUITEMS Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (Editorial board member)

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts & Responses (Associate Editor) 


  • AGB110 Agricultural Economics
  • AGB351 Commodity Trade and Pricing
  • AGB440 Resource Economics (PG)
  • AGB533 Agribusiness Management (PG)
  • AGB550 International Agriproduct Trade (PG)
  • AGR502 Special Topic 2 (Food Security, PG)
  • AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management
  • AGR610 Sustainable Agriculture Dissertation (Coordinator)

Education/Academic qualification

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

The University of Sydney

University of Peradeniya

Subject keywords

  • Agriculture, Water, Agribusiness, Food Security

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Research Output

Climate change and farmers’ adaptation: Extension and capacity building of smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kalimba, U. B. & Culas, R. J., 2020, Global climate change and environmental policy: Agriculture perspectives. Venkatramanan, V., Shah, S. & Prasad, R. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 379-410 32 p.

Charles Sturt University

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  • Fostering sustainable agriculture: Economic benefits of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) gained by small-scale farmers in Pakistan

    Imran, M. A., Ali, A., Baig, I. A., Nasir, S., Ullah, S. & Culas, R., 26 Nov 2019, p. 1-1. 1 p.

    Charles Sturt University

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  • Impact of agricultural policies on crop productivity and food security in Malawi, 1964-2014

    Hunga, H. & Culas, R., Jul 2019, In : International Journal of Food and Agricultural Economics. 7, 3, p. 175-199 25 p.

    Charles Sturt University

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    Open Access
  • Impact of climate smart agriculture (CSA) through sustainable irrigation management on Resource use efficiency: A sustainable production alternative for cotton

    Ali, A., Ashfaq, M., Hassan, S., Culas, R., Ma, C. & Imran, M. A., 1 Nov 2019, In : Land Use Policy. 88, p. 1-13 13 p., 104113.

    The University of Western Australia, Charles Sturt University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review