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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 (worked on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, and on other Australian Free Trade Agreements, for their impacts on Australian agriproducts trade)
  • Socioeconomic analysis of groundwater and irrigation management (Pakistan as a case study)
  • Policy analysis of agricultural productivity, food security, and poverty reduction (in relation to Cambodia, Zambia, Malawi and PNG)
  • Modelling agricultural land use and enterprise diversification (in Australian and Norwegian farming systems)
  • Drivers of deforestation and REDD+ policies (relating to the UN-REDD programme)

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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