• 290 Citations
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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

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

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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.

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

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Do free trade agreements increase Australian trade: An application of Poisson pseudo maximum likelihood estimator?

    Timsina, K. P. & Culas, R. J., 2020, In : Journal of East-West Business. 26, 1, p. 56 80 p., 25.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • Open Access
  • 15 Downloads (Pure)
  • 8 Citations (Scopus)


  • Press / Media

    Water-Nutrition-Policy Nexus

    Richard Culas


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    University academic improving the planets water quality and access

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    Mixed results for effects of free trade agreements on Australian agriculture

    Richard Culas & Krishna Timsina


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    Wine one of sectors to most benefit from Austalia's free trade agreements

    Krishna Timsina & Richard Culas


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    Highlights from Day 1 of the AARES conference

    Richard Culas


    1 item of Media coverage

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