Fiona Dempster

Dr, BSc PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M089), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I am passionate about generating knowledge to enable policy makers, farmers and community to make informed decisions. I enjoy bringing people and ideas together to solve complex issues, using a combination of biophysical, management and economic data. My research is currently focused on the profitability and adoptino of cattle management practices. I have expertise in adoption, prioritisation, benefit: cost analysis and non-market valuation for farming systems, bushfire mitigation, biodiversity restoration and water. I stay connected to real, on-ground farming problems by working remotely from Mingenew in the northern Wheatbelt of Western Australia.

Roles and responsibilities

My current position is Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Centre for Agricultural Economics and Development. I previously held post-doctoral positions in the Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre, NESP and ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.

Future research

I am keenly interested in understanding farmer decision making under uncertainty, valuing agricultural extension and understanding the adoption drivers for agricultural technologies.

I have a number of projects suitable for Honours, Masters and PhD research students and scholarships may be available for talented students.

Funding overview

I am currently funded by UWA and Meat and Livestock Australia.

Previous positions

President and Councillor, WA Branch, Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

Board member, Mingenew Midwest Expo

GRDC Western Panel


Currently I’m working on:
Proftability of beef supply chains and low stress stock handling

Risk management in grains production

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

External positions

Research Fellow, Australian Farm Institute

2019 → …

Environment Committee, Mingenew Irwin Group, Mingenew Irwin Group

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food

Research expertise keywords

  • Non-market valuation
  • Environmental economics
  • Natural resource management
  • Natural resource economics
  • Environmental policy
  • Water source valuation
  • Fire risk management
  • Ecological economics
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Decision tools
  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Community environmental attitudes
  • Agricultural policy


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