Kevin Parton

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Professor Kevin Parton has over 48 years of teaching, research, research management and research training experience, including universities, Australian and Canadian Government agencies and international research organisations. He has completed research projects in a number of countries including the EU, Australian, Canada, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Kenya, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea. He has published over 100 internationally refereed journal articles and received over $1.5 million in competitive grant funding. As Director of the Centre for Health Research and Development, University of New England, he was instrumental in the introduction of the professional doctorate in health services management. He taught in the electronic MBA in Guelph, and introduced the Master of Sustainable Management degree at the University of Sydney. He has been a head of school and dean of faculty. His current research interests are listed as: 

Applying the Zuboff-Bondarouk approach to assess what prevents organisations from achieving their e-HRM potential.

The 2022-23 Russian-Ukrainian conflict: economic effect on Chinese trade.

Different dimensions of sustainability from the development of renewable energy microgrids in Australia.

The economic impact of mining on Indigenous communities at Ok Tedi and Porgera, Papua New Guinea.

Policy alternatives for the development of biogas cooking as a renewable energy resource in Nepal.

Improving the efficiency of renewable energy minigrids in Nepal.

The importance of champions to determining household attitudes and behaviour related to energy efficiency and climate change.

Research Interests

  • Climate change policy
  • Valuing seasonal climate forecasts
  • Development economics
  • The economics of electricity microgrids
  • Renewable energy in Nepal

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

  • Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (member)

Editorial Roles on Journals:

  • PLOS ONE (Reviewer)
  • Sustainability (Reviewer)
  • Natural Resources Forum (Reviewer)
  • Oxford Open Energy (Reviewer)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Theology, ThC, Certificate in Theology, Moore Theological College, Sydney

Award Date: 14 Jun 1996

Postgraduate Diploma (Economic Statistics), University of New England


Doctor of Philosophy (Agricultural Economics), University of New England


Masters of Science in Agricultural Economics, University of Newcastle


Bachelor of Commerce (Honours 2A), University of Liverpool


External positions

Dean, Faculty of Rural Management, The University of Sydney

May 2001Jun 2006

Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics and Business, University of Guelph

Jan 1999May 2001

Head, Centre for Health Research and Development, University of New England

Jan 1996Dec 1998

Research Fellow, Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics

Jan 1981Dec 1995

Research Associate, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Jan 1980Jan 1981

Junior Research Fellow in Agricultural Economics, University of New England

Jan 1975Dec 1979


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