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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)

Research Interests

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

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)

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

Master of Science (Agricultural Economics), Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (Economics), The University of Sydney

Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), University of Peradeniya

Subject keywords

  • Agriculture, Water, Agribusiness, Food Security


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