Ross Kingwell

Professor, MSc(Agric) PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


As an undergraduate I double-majored in agronomy and agricultural economics. The career options seemed greater in economics, so I switched towards economics, doing more pure economics units, a Masters and then a PhD. I'm enjoying economics! There are always interesting issues, interesting people and new things to learn.

Roles and responsibilities

Chief economist in the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre.

Chief economist in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, WA Government.

Future research

Changes in Australian and international grain supply chains; changing demand for Australian grain; innovations and policies affecting the Australia's mixed farming systems and grain sector.

Funding overview

Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, "Implications of Climate Change for the Dryland Cereal Farm System". with D.A. Morrison, $51,500, 1992-1995.

Grains Research and Development Corporation, " The nature, use, cost and improvement of varietal testing information." with Prof R.K. Lindner, $ 85,900, 1995-1997.

Land & Water Resources Research & Development Corporation, "Innovative workshops for farm management of climatic variability", $52,000, 1998-2000.

Australian Research Council, SPIRT Grant, "Food safety policy and risk management: a case study of
genetically modified organisms." With A/Prof M. Burton, $64,000, 1999-2001.

Australian Research Council, SPIRT Grant, "Effects of strategic and tactical management on farm water use.", $64,000, 1999-2001.

Grains Research and Development Corporation, " The efficiency of western region grain growers", $ 99,300, 1999-2001.

Grains Research and Development Corporation, " Price Risk Management - Innovative training workshops for assessing packages on offer", $78,125, 2000-2002.

Grains Research and Development Corporation, "Economic evaluation of salinity management options in the cropping regions of Australia", $ 274,954, 2001-2002.

Land & Water Australia, “Changing the ownership-management paradigm in broadacre farming”, $130,386, 2007-2009

Rural Business & Development Corporation, “Changing the ownership-management paradigm in broadacre farming”, $15,000, 2007-2009

NCCARF, "Adapative capacity and adaptive strategies of broadacre farms experiencing climate change", $189,500, 2011-2012

DAFF, Filling the Research Gap, "Novel business structures for adaptation to a changing climate", $249,000 + $75,000 (AEGIC), 2013-2015.

GRDC, “National canola workshop”, $30,000, 2014

GRDC, “An economic analysis of Australia’s main containerised grain supply chains”, 2021-22 to 2022-23, $158,000

SAGIT, “Boosting profitability and efficiency of SA’s trade in containerised grain, 2021-22, $58,000

(xx) GRDC, “Future proofing Australia’s grain supply chains”, 2023-24, $250,000

Previous positions

Chief Economist, WA Department of Agriculture and Food

President , Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

Co-editor of the Australian Journal of Agricultural & Resource Economics

Current projects

Grain supply chain analyses, strategic market opportunities for Australian grains, dynamics of farm management, farming systems analysis, agricultural emissions management

Industrial relevance

Sixty percent of my time is spent as the Chief Economist in AEGIC (Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre. In this role I interact with a range of stakeholders in the export grains' agribusiness and agricultural policy sectors. Twenty percent of my time is spent as chief economist in the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development of the WA State Government.

Teaching overview

Support teaching in AGRI4402 in 2013-2023.


Farming systems, bio-economic modelling, agricultural R&D policy, farm business management, grains industry innovation assessment, plant breeding, natural resource management



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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Project management, Dip Proj Management, Diploma of Project Management , Central Institute of Technology

2 Aug 201113 Jul 2012

Award Date: 13 Jul 2012

External positions

Chief Economist, Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre

1 Jan 201230 Jun 2022

Economics Manager, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Western Australia)

1 Jul 19782 Oct 2025

Industry keywords

  • Agriculture and Food
  • Government

Research expertise keywords

  • Agricultural economics
  • Agricultural policy
  • Bioeconomic modelling
  • Farming systems analysis
  • Risk modelling and analysis
  • Innovation assessment


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