Ben White

Associate Professor, BSc(Agric) Lond., PhD Newcastle(UK)

  • The University of Western Australia (M089), 35 Stirling Highway, Room G022B, Agriculture North West Wing, Perth campus

    6009 Perth


  • 497 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
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Personal profile


Graduated in agriculture from London University in 1981 followed by a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1989. I held lecturing positions at Newcastle University for 20 years first as a lecture and in 1999 as a senior lecturer. Moving to UWA in 2001 to a senior lectureship and in 2007 became Head of School.

Funding overview

Dr BenWhite 2006, 'Agricultural Land Retirement as an Environmental Policy', LAND & WATER AUSTRALIA, Funds Applied For: $81,413.00, Funds Approved: $81,413.00. RFCD:

Dr Ben White 2006, 'A Bioeconimic Analysis of the Duration of Conservation Contracts', LAND & WATER AUSTRALIA, Funds Applied For: $81,413.00, Funds Approved: $81,413.00. RFCD:

Dr Ben White, Adjp Robert G Chambers 2005, 'DP0557837 - Designing Better Landowner Contracts to Protect Australia's Environment', AUSTRALIAN RESEARCH COUNCIL: DISCOVERY PROJECTS, Funds Applied For: $69,757.00, Funds Approved: $69,757.00. RFCD:

Dr Ben White 2004, 'Measuring Farm Revenue Risk.', UWA RESEARCH GRANTS SCHEME, Funds Applied For: $11,500.00, Funds Approved: $7,000.00. RFCD:

Current projects

Opportunities for Postgrads and Honours Students: I am interested in supervising students in agricultural economics and environmental economics. With a particular interest in environmental incentive programs and environmental conservation contracts.

Teaching overview

1st Semester 2011 - ECON1120 Enviromental Economics 1
1st Semester 2011 - Analysis for Natural Resource Management


Research interests are in environmental and agricultural economics with a particular interest in environmental contracts and incentives for farmers to provide environmental public goods.


  • Biosecurity economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Environmental policy
  • Household economics
  • Natural resource economics and management
  • Risk management

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ecosystem service Earth & Environmental Sciences
agricultural economics Agriculture & Biology
heteroskedasticity Agriculture & Biology
land use Earth & Environmental Sciences
Landsat Earth & Environmental Sciences
abatement cost Earth & Environmental Sciences
Trogoderma Agriculture & Biology
government payments Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2000 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

Discriminating native and plantation forests in a Landsat time-series for land use policy design

Nery de Figueiredo, T., Sadler, R., Solis Aulestia, M. J., White, B. & Polyakov, M., 3 Jan 2019, In : International Journal of Remote Sensing. 40, 11, p. 4059-4082 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

time series
land use
2 Citations (Scopus)

Spatial patterns of boom and bust forestry investment development: A case study from Western Australia

Nery, T., Polyakov, M., Sadler, R. & White, B., 1 Jul 2019, In : Land Use Policy. 86, p. 67-77 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Western Australia
land cover
land use
case studies
87 Downloads (Pure)

An economic analysis of how the rural poor in Vietnam cope with income shocks

Nguyen, T. H. G., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

Income shocks
Economic analysis
Low income
Risk seeking
154 Downloads (Pure)

China's energy transition: performance possibilities and pathways

Wang, D., 2018, (Unpublished)

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

economic growth
capital intensity

Projects 2004 2022