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Steele is a graduate of Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Business Economics with a published honours thesis on the determinants of African international trade policy and practices.
Steele is presently a doctoral candidate at the School of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Western Australia with a research focus on production economics and capital structure theories. In the
course of his doctoral candidacy, Steele has presented papers at multiple conferences and seminars, completed certification at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in Applied Efficiency and Productivity analysis, as well as served as reviewer for the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association of the United States.

In the course of his professional career, Steele has been appointed to various consultancy and project development roles in Australasia, Southern Africa and North America. These have required extensive engagement with private and public stakeholders ranging from small scale farms to multinational financial institutions, government departments and NGOs. 

Away from professional and academic obligations, Steele is a World Rugby accredited coach with association in both a playing and coaching capacity to grade and representative rugby in Asia and Australia, as well as a former member of the Brown University Men's Rowing program.

Education/Academic qualification

Economics, University of Stellenbosch

Economics, A.B. (Honours), Brown University

Sep 2003May 2007

External positions

Director, Conceptual Technologies Limited

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Farm Business & Economics
Debt Business & Economics
Benchmark Business & Economics
Total factor productivity Business & Economics
Capital investment Business & Economics
Panel analysis Business & Economics
Productivity Business & Economics
Decision making units Business & Economics

Research Output 2015 2019

  • 2 Conference paper
  • 1 Conference presentation/ephemera

Total factor productivity efficiency as a benchmark of farm performance

West, S., 2 Oct 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Total factor productivity
Technical efficiency

Drivers of debt change in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt

West, S. C., 2018, (Unpublished) Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society .

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Capital investment
Panel analysis
Agricultural finance

The joint effects of technical efficiency and risk exposure on mixed enterprise farm output variability in Western Australia

West, S. C., 2015, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society 2015 Conference. Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Open Access