• 252 Citations
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Personal profile

Personal profile

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

Recent research activities

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

Countries of research focus

Pakistan, Cambodia, Zambia, Australia, and PNG

Research Interests

  • Agricultural economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Development economics

Professional Information

External Appointments & Memberships:

Qatar National Research Fund (expert reviewer)


Editorial roles on journals:

BUITEMS Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (Editorial Board Member)


  • 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(PG)
  • AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science (Agriculture), University of Peradeniya

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

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Research Output

Climate Change and Farmers’ Adaptation: Extension and Capacity Building of Smallholder Farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa

Culas, R. & Kalimba, U., 2020, Global Climate Change and Environmental Policy - Agriculture Perspectives. Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd, p. 379-410 32 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

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    Impacts of irrigation water user allocations on water quality and crop productivity: The LCC irrigation system in Pakistan

    Culas, R. J. & Baig, I. A., 23 Jan 2020, In : Irrigation and Drainage. 69, p. 38–51 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Nutritional and health values of indigenous root and tuber crops compared to imported carbohydrate (such as wheat): A case study example from Delta state Nigeria

    Culas, R., Onodu, B. & Nwose, U., 2020, Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) Annual Conference 2020, Perth, Western Australia, 12-14 February 2020. University of Minnesota, USA: AgEcon Search - Research in Agricultural & Applied Economics, p. 1-37 37 p.

    Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Press / Media

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    Richard Culas


    1 Media contribution

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