Rohan Nelson

Rohan Nelson

Assoc Professor Rohan Nelson

Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics & Policy

BEc BSc (Forestry)
PhD (Agricultural Economics)

 
Centre TIA Corporate
Campus Sandy Bay Campus
Building Geography Building
Room 441
Telephone +61 3 6226 6212
Mobile 0408 140 820
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Email Rohan.Nelson@utas.edu.au

 Dr Rohan Nelson was appointed Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics & Policy at the University of Tasmania in August 2012. As part of a revitalised Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, he will contribute to an MBA in Agricultural Innovation offered jointly by TIA and the Faculty of Business, and expand TIA's teaching program in agricultural economics, commodity market analysis and the ways in which science supports policy.  He will work with CSIRO to share Australian expertise in agricultural systems research to improve food security and agricultural productivity in West Africa and elsewhere around the world. He will also work close with land managers and NRM groups to improve the options available to manage climate variability and change across Tasmania, as well as opportunities to participate in carbon markets.

Teaching Responsibilities

In 2013, Associate Professor Nelson will begin teaching aspects of agricultural and natural resource economics to an MBA in Agricultural Innovation offered jointly by TIA and the Faculty of Business.

Dr Nelson's teaching will focus on making the role that science and economics can play in supporting decision making from the farm through to the policy scales, both in Australia and internationally.  He will draw on personal experience working with scientists to support on-farm decision making, through to working as a policy adviser to the Australian Government on climate change.

Dr Nelson will also draw on his affiliation with the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University to challenge students to consider how economists and scientists can work with social scientists to inform policy issues in appropriate ways.

Publications

Journal papers

Nelson, R.A, Howden, S.M. and Hayman, P.A. 2013. Placing the power of real options analysis into the hands of natural resource managers - Taking the next step. Journal of Environmental Management 124:128-136.

Vasconcelos, A.C.F., Bonatti, M., Schlindwein, S.L., D'Agostini, L.R., Homem, L.R. & Nelson, R.A. 2013. Landraces as an adaptation strategy to climate change for smallholders in Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil, Land Use Policy 34: 250-254.


Leith, P., Jacobs, B., Brown, P. R. and Nelson, R. 2012. A participatory assessment of NRM capacity to inform policy and practice: cross-scale evaluation of enabling and constraining factors. Society & Natural Resources 25: 775-793.


Nelson, R., Kokic, P., Crimp, S., Meinke, H., and Howden, M. 2010. The vulnerability of Australian rural communities to climate variability & change: Part I - Conceptualising and measuring vulnerability. Environmental Science & Policy 13: 8-17.

Nelson, R., Kokic, P., Crimp, S., Martin, P., Meinke, H., Howden, M., Devoil, P., and Nidumolu, U. 2010. The vulnerability of Australian rural communities to climate variability & change: Part II – Integrating impacts with adaptive capacity. Environmental Science & Policy 13: 18-27.


Brown, P. R., Nelson, R., Jacobs, B., Kokic, P., Tracey, J., Ahmed, M., and DeVoil, P. 2010. Enabling natural resource managers to self-assess their adaptive capacity. Agricultural Systems 103: 562-568.


Meinke, H., Howden, S.M., Struik, P., Nelson, R., Rodriguez, D. and Chapman, S. 2009. Adaptation science for agriculture and natural resource management— urgency and theoretical basis. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 1:1-8.

Pearson, L., Nelson, R., Crimp, S. and Langridge, J., 2009. Interpretive Review of modelling Agricultural Vulnerability to climate change in Australia. Submitted to Environmental Software & Modelling, December 2008.


Nelson, R., Howden, S.M. & Stafford Smith M., 2008. Using adaptive governance to rethink the way science supports Australian drought policy. Environmental Science & Policy 11: 588-601.


Nelson, R., Kokic, P. and Meinke, H., 2007. From rainfall to farm incomes - transforming advice for Australian drought policy: Part II - Forecasting farm incomes. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 58:10, 1004-1012.

Kokic, P., Nelson, R., Meinke, H., Potgieter, A. and Carter, J., 2007.From rainfall to farm incomes - transforming advice for Australian drought policy: Part I – Development and testing of a bioeconomic modelling system. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 58:10, 993-1003.


Meinke, H., Sivakumar, M.V.K., Motha, R.P. and Nelson, R., 2007. Climate predictions for better agricultural risk management. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research, 58:10, 935-938.


Meinke, H., Nelson, R., Kokic, P., Stone, R., Selvaraju, R. and Baethgen, W., 2006. Actionable climate knowledge – from analysis to synthesis. Climate Research 33:101-110. Open access at http://www.int-res.com/articles/cr_oa/c033p101.pdf

Nelson, R.A., Hammer, G.L., Holzworth, D.P. and Hayman, P. 2002. Infusing the use of seasonal climate forecasting into crop management practice in north east Australia using discussion support software, Agricultural Systems, 74, pp. 393-414.


Grist, P., Menz, K. and Nelson, R., 1999.  Multipurpose trees as improved fallow: an economic assessment.  International Tree Crops Journal, 10, pp. 19-36.


Nelson, R. A. and Cramb, R. A., 1998. Economic incentives for farmers in the Philippine uplands to adopt hedgerow intercropping.  Journal of Environmental Management, 54, pp. 83-100.

Nelson, R. A., Dimes, J.P., Paningbatan, E.P., and Silburn, D.M., 1998. Erosion/productivity modelling of maize farming in the Philippine uplands.  Part I: Parameterising the Agricultural Production Systems Simulator.  Agricultural Systems, 58:2, pp. 129-146.


Nelson, R. A., Dimes, J. P., Silburn, D. M., Paningbatan, E. P. and Cramb, R. A., 1998. Erosion/productivity modelling of maize farming in the Philippine uplands.  Part II: Simulation of alternative farming methods.  Agricultural Systems, 58:2, pp. 147-163.


Nelson, R. A., Cramb, R. A., and Mamicpic, M. A., 1998. Erosion/productivity modelling of maize farming in the Philippine uplands.  Part III: Economic analysis of alternative farming methods. Agricultural Systems, 58:2, pp. 165-183.

Nelson R. A., Cramb, R. A., Menz, K. M. and Mamicpic, M. A., 1998. Cost-benefit analysis of alternative forms of hedgerow intercropping in the Philippine uplands. Agroforestry Systems 39, pp. 241-262.


Nelson, R. A. and Kelly, M. A., 1998. Is there potential to produce OSB in the NSW Hunter Valley? Australian Forestry 61:2, pp. 163-171.


Nelson, R. A., Grist, P. G., Menz, K. M., Cramb, R. A., Paningbatan, E. P. and Mamicpic, M. A., 1997. A cost-benefit analysis of hedgerow intercropping in the Philippine uplands using the SCUAF model. Agroforestry Systems 35, pp. 203-220.

Nelson, R. A. and Trevitt, A. C. F., 1993. Competency-based education and training: a basis for the Australian forestry profession? Australian Forestry, 56:3, pp. 226-236.

Book chapters

Battaglia, M., and Nelson, R. in press. Science and carbon markets. In: Adamson, D., Quiggin, J. & Quiggin,D. (eds.) Carbon Pricing: Early Experiences and Future Prospects. Edward Elgar Publishing.
Nelson, R. and Howden, M., 2013. Doing it right: getting science into Australian adaptation policy. In A. Prutsch, T. Grothmann, S. McCallum, I. Schauser and R. Swart Climate Change Adaptation Manual - Lessons Learned from European and Other Industrialized Countries, Routledge, Abingdon.
Howden, M., Nelson, R. A. and Crimp, S. 2013. Food security under a changing climate. In J. Palutikof, S. L. Boulter, A. J. Ash, M. S. Smith, M. Parry, M. Waschka and D. Guitart (eds) Climate Adaptation Futures, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. Chapter 4.
Kabir, J., Carberry, P., Nelson, R., Khan, I., Dalgleish, N. and Poulton, P. 2011. The economic viability of rabi season crops. In H. Rawson (ed) Sustainable intensification of rabi season cropping in southern Bangladesh using wheat and mungbeans. ACIAR Technical Reports No. 78, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, pp 184 -194.
Howden, S. M., Brown P. R., Thorburn P. J., Bramley R., Roebeling P. C., McDonald G., Park S. E., Higgins A. J., Nelson R., and Keating, B. A., 2007. Challenges facing a sustainable sugar industry in Australia's future. In: Research and Development Strategies to Advance the Australian Sugarcane Industry., 55-81. SRDC Technical Report, 1/2007. Brisbane: Sugar Research and Development Corporation.
Grist, P., Menz, K. and Nelson, R., 2007.  Multipurpose trees as improved fallow: an economic assessment.  In M. Cairns (ed) Voices from the forest: Integrating Indigenous Knowledge into Sustainable Farming, RFF Press, Washington.
Nelson, R. A. and Cramb, R. A., 2000.  Bioeconomic modelling of hedgerow intercropping.  In R.A. Cramb (ed): Soil conservation technologies for small holder farming systems in the Philippine uplands: a socioeconomic evaluation.  ACIAR Monograph No. 78, 228p.
Nelson, R., Cramb, R., Menz, K. and Mamicpic, M., 1998. Gliricidia, Napier and natural vegetation hedgerows.  In K. Menz, D. Magcale-Macandog and I. Wayan Rusastra (eds): Improving smallholder farming systems in imperata areas of South-East Asia: alternatives to shifting cultivation.  ACIAR Monograph No. 52, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, pp. 95-111.
Cramb, R. A. and Nelson, R. A., 1998. Investigating constraints to the adoption of recommended soil conservation technology in the Philippines.  In F.W.T. Penning de Vries, F. Agus and J. Kerr (eds): Soil erosion at multiple scales, principles and methods for assessing causes and impacts.  CABI Publishing in association with the International Board for Soil Research and Management, Wallingford.
Grist, P., Menz, K. and Nelson, R., 1998. Gliricidia as improved fallow.  In K. Menz, D. Magcale-Macandog and I. Wayan Rusastra (eds): Improving smallholder farming systems in imperata areas of South-East Asia: alternatives to shifting cultivation.  ACIAR Monograph No. 52, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, pp. 133-147.
Grist, P., Menz, K. and Nelson, R., 1998. Gliricidia-improved fallow with cattle.  In K. Menz, D. Magcale-Macandog and I. Wayan Rusastra (eds): Improving smallholder farming systems in imperata areas of South-East Asia: alternatives to shifting cultivation.  ACIAR Monograph No. 52, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Canberra, pp. 203-217.
Nelson, R. A., Dimes, J. D., Silburn, D. M., Paningbatan, E. P., Cramb, R. A. and Mamicpic, M. A., 1997. Long-term effects of land management on soil erosion, crop yield and on-farm economics in the Philippines. In K.J. Coughlan and C.W. Rose (eds): A new soil conservation methodology and application to cropping systems in tropical steeplands.  ACIAR Technical Reports No. 40.

Policy

Nelson, R. 2011. Introducing the adaptation policy forum. Discussion paper 1, The Adaptation Policy Forum. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Canberra, March.

Nelson, R. 2011. What is adaptation? Discussion paper 2, The Adaptation Policy Forum. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Canberra, March.


Nelson, R., Byron, R.N. and Stafford Smith. M. 2011. Adaptation as a public policy agenda. Discussion paper 4, The Adaptation Policy Forum. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Canberra, June.


DCCEE, 2011. Barriers to effective climate change adaptation - a submission to the Productivity Commission. Submission to the Productivity Commission inquiry into Barriers to effective climate change adaptation. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Canberra, December.

Nelson, R., 2010. Additionality in agriculture  - why common practice is a (mostly) meaningless concept. Discussion Note, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Canberra, December.


Nelson, R. 2010. Offsets program – stakeholder engagement strategy.  Discussion paper, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Canberra, April.


DCCEE, 2010. Carbon farming initiative – guidelines for submitting methodologies. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Canberra, November.

DCCEE 2010. Carbon farming initiative – template for submitting methodologies. Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Canberra, November.


Nelson. R. 2010. Discussion paper – offset principles, methodologies and scheme administration.  Discussion Paper, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency. Canberra, July.


DCC 2009. Forward work program to determine appropriate carbon pollution mitigation policies for agriculture. Department of Climate Change, Canberra, May.

Barnett, J., Dovers, S., Hatfield-Dodds, S., McDonald, J., Nelson, R. and Waller, S., 2011. National climate change adaptation research plan – social, economic and institutional dimensions.  NCCARF Publication 01/11, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast.


ABARE – Australian Commodities


Heyhoe, E., Kim, Y., Kokic, P., Levantis, C., Ahammad, H., Schneider, K., Crimp, S., Nelson, R., Flood, N. and Carter, J., 2007. Adapting to Climate Change. Australian Commodities 14:1, 167-178.

Martin, P., Mues, C., Phillips, P., Shafron, W., Mellor, T.V., Kokic, P., Nelson, R. and Treadwell, R., 2007. Farm financial performance. Australian Commodities 14:1, 179-200.


Nelson, R., Kokic, P., Elliston, L. and King, J., 2005. Structural adjustment: a vulnerability index for Australian broadacre agriculture. Australian Commodities 12(1), pp. 171-179.


Nelson, R. and Lawrance, L. 2004.  Resource use in Agriculture. Australian Commodities 11(1), pp. 27-29.

Connell, P., Lawrance, L. and Nelson, R., 2004.  Australia's role in world durum markets.  Australian Commodities 04.02, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Canberra.


Connell, P. and Nelson, R., 2004.  Agriculture (overview). Australian Commodities 11(2), pp. 248-250.


McDonald, D., Davidson, A., Apted, S. and Nelson, R., 2004. Meat outlook to 2008-09. Australian Commodities 11(1), pp. 71-78.

Nelson, R. and Shield, E. 2003. Australian woodchip exports – future commercial benefits of plantation hardwood chip production.  Australian Commodities 10(1), pp:74-80.


Nelson, R. 2002. Projecting resource use in Australian broadacre agriculture. Australian Commodities 9:1, pp. 23-28.


Brittle, S., Gleeson, T. and Nelson, R., 2002.  Meat – Outlook to 2006-07.  Australian Commodities 9:1, pp.50-62.

Knopke, P. and Nelson, R., 2002.  Sugar – Outlook to 2006-07.  Australian Commodities 9:1, pp.70-77.


Brittle, S., Beasley, A., Gleeson, P. and Nelson, R., 2001.  Still counting the toll of livestock disease outbreaks in Europe.  Australian Commodities 8:3, pp. 487-496.


Andrews, N. and Nelson, R., 2001.  The European Union's Agenda 2000 package for cereals, Australian Commodities 8:2, pp. 317-330.

Sar, L. and Nelson R. A., 1993. Forest Products. Agriculture and Resources Quarterly, 5:2, p. 180.


Bhati, U. N., Whitham, J. and Nelson, R. A., 1993. Forest Products. Agriculture and Resources Quarterly, 5:1, p. 27.


Nelson, R. A. and Mues, C., 1993. A Survey of Landcare in Australia. Agriculture and Resources Quarterly, 5:3, pp. 400-410.

ABARE Research Reports

Sheng, E., Nossal, K., Zhao, S., Kokic, P. and Nelson. R., 2008. Exploring the feasibility of an adaptive capacity index using ABS data. ABARE and CSIRO report for the National Land and Water Resources Audit, Canberra.
Nelson, R., Webb, T. and Byron, I. 2006, Socioeconomic Data—Prioritising Collection to Support Australian Government Natural Resource Management Programs: Principles and Priorities, ABARE–BRS Report. National Land & Water Resources Audit, Canberra, http://www.nlwra.gov.au/Natural_Resource_Topics/Socio-economic/index.aspx .
Kokic, P., Newton, P. and Nelson, R., 2006. Farm management deposits and the Southern Oscillation Index. ABARE Report to the Managing Climate Variability Research & Development Program.
Hodges, A., Burns, K., Newton, P., Goesch, T. and Nelson, R., 2005.  Global Ocean Observation System: An Economic Analysis of Australia's Contribution. ABARE Report to the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and Western Australian Global Ocean Observing System, Canberra, June.
Kokic, P., Nelson, R., Potgieter, A. and Carter, J., 2004.  An enhanced ABARE system for predicting farm performance.  ABARE eReport 04.6.  Prepared for Land and Water Australia, Canberra, February.
Nelson, R. and Kokic, P. 2004. Forecasting the regional impact of climate variability on Australian crop farm incomes. ABARE eReport 04.23. Prepared for the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Canberra, December.
Nelson, R. 2004. Socioeconomic indicators for natural resource management: capacity to change and adopt sustainable management practices in Australian agriculture. ABARE eReport 04.19. Prepared for the National Land and Water Resources Audit, Canberra.
Nelson, R., Alexander, F., Chapman, L. and Blias, A., 2004. Natural resource management on Australian farms. ABARE eReport 04.7. Prepared for the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Canberra.
Andrews, N., Nelson, R. Hagi Hirad, S. and Shaw, I., 2002.  Grains policies in a global market.  ABARE Research Report 02.8, Canberra.
Nelson, R., Barrett, D., Foster, M., Turner, S. and Beasley, A., 2001.  The future of canola production in Australia, ABARE Research Report 01.6, Canberra.
Nelson, R. A. and Mues, C., 1993. Survey of Landcare and drought management practices 1991-92. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Canberra, 81p.
ABARE, BRS and AGSO, 1993. Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area - Resource Assessment, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Canberra, 290p.  (Contributed an economic assessment of plantation potential.)

Media Expert

Climate change adaptation in rural Australia,
Drought policy in the agricultural sector,
Climate change adaptation as a public policy issue,
The Carbon Farming Initiative, and climate mitigation policy for agriculture.

Background

Prior to joining UTAS in August 2012, Rohan was a policy adviser in the Australian Government Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency from 2009 to 2012, where his most recent role was as Director of International Cooperation and Adaptation. In this role he led a team of policy officers and negotiators furthering Australia’s climate change policy objectives in a range of plurilateral fora, as well as shaping the leading role played by Australia in adaptation negotiations under the UNFCCC.

Rohan's other roles with DCCEE included being an economic adviser on climate change adaptation from 2009 to 2012. He was responsible for designing adaptation policy, and building capacity within DCCEE to implement it. This included leading the Department's submission to the Productivity Commission's ongoing inquiry into Barriers to effective climate change adaptation, and reframing the economic analysis of climate change adaptation.

With DCCEE during 2010 he designed the governance structure and methodology development process for the Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI). He led policy development and stakeholder engagement for the transition in Australia's agricultural mitigation policy from potential coverage under Australia's proposed emissions trading scheme to an offsets sector under the CFI. In 2009 he led a nation-wide participatory policy development program with peak bodies across Australia's agricultural sector to develop and evaluate options for including agriculture in the proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).

Rohan joined DCCEE in 2009 from the Sustainable Ecosystems Division of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), which he joined as a resource economist in January 2006. He became a Research Group Leader in 2007, leading a multidisciplinary team of 10 economists, climatologists, statisticians, ecologists and farming systems researchers in the Agricultural Landscapes Program. He also supervised project staff and PhD students in Australia and internationally, and led a rural livelihoods project in Bangladesh.

Rohan joined CSIRO from Land & Water Australia where he coordinated the Managing Climate Variability research and development funding program in 2005. MCV is a multi-million dollar industry-government partnership funding R&D in the management of climate risk in agricultural production and natural resource management.

Prior to joining Land & Water Australia, Rohan was an Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist with the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) from 2000 to 2004. He led socioeconomic research into the resilience of Australian rural communities to the risks arising from markets, climate variability and threats to the natural resource base. He has particular expertise in aligning the supply of NRM information with the needs of decision makers, and the socioeconomic influences on the adoption of new technologies.

In other roles with ABARE, Rohan managed ABARE's commodity forecasting and forestry economics sections where he pioneered the introduction of seasonal climate forecasting to Australia's national commodity forecasting research and development.

Prior to working with ABARE, Rohan led the Whopper Cropper project with the Department of Primary Industries in Queensland from 1998-99, delivering grain growers the benefits of crop modelling to improve the management of climate risk in Australia's northern grain regions. Prior to this he worked as a forestry economist with FORTECH/Dames & Moore (1997-98) conducting research into domestic and international forest policy and commodity market research, including a project for the World Bank auditing logging operations in Papua New Guinea.

Rohan was a graduate with ABARE in 1993, and completed his PhD in Agricultural Economics at the University of Queensland between 1994 and 1996.