Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Richard Culas

Dr Richard Culas

BScAgr (Peradeniya), MScAgEcon (NMBU), MEcon (NHH), PhD (Syd)

Richard Culas is a Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics/Agribusiness at the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences (SAWS), Charles Sturt University (CSU). His academic qualifications include BSc Agriculture, MSc Agricultural Economics, Master of Economics and PhD in Economics. He has several years of experience in teaching economics and agribusiness subjects, and the supervision of higher degree research (PhD and DSA) students.

His areas of research interests are within agricultural, environmental and development economics. He has worked in projects funded by sources such as ACIAR, The Crawford Fund and CSU. His research experiences include cross-country analyses, regional and household level case studies (for countries such as Cambodia, Zambia, Pakistan, Australia and Norway) and the application of econometric methods.

He has published in journals such as Ecological Economics, Agricultural Systems, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Developing Societies, International Journal of Water, IUP Journal of Applied Economics, Australasian Agribusiness Review and Australian Farm Business Management Journal. He has authored or co-authored over fifty research based publications including a book titled "Deforestation in the Tropics: Causes, Policies and Institutions".

He has served as an external examiner for PhD theses, expert reviewer for Qatar National Research Fund and peer-reviewer for more than twenty international journals. He is also a team member of the Strategic Research Area "Improving Rural Livelihoods and Environments in Developing Countries",  in the Institute for Land Water and Society (ILWS), CSU.

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Teaching Interests

Dr Culas lecturers in the following subjects:

  • AGB110 Agricultural Economics
  • AGB351 Commodity Trade and Pricing
  • AGB440 Resource Economics (PG)
  • AGB533 Agribusiness Management (PG)
  • AGB550 International Agriproduct Trade (PG)
  • AGR502 Special Topic 2(PG)
  • AHT231 Agricultural Finance and Business Management

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Research Interests

  • Causes of deforestation and REDD+ policies (relating to UN REDD Program: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation)
  • Policy analysis of improving agricultural productivity, food security and poverty reduction (with references to Zambia and Cambodia)
  • Socioeconomic analysis of groundwater and irrigation management (with Pakistan as a case study example)
  • Agricultural income diversification and alternative land uses (in relation to wheat production in Australian wheat-sheep zone and farming systems in Norway)

Current Research Projects

  • 2016-2020 Improving groundwater management to enhance agriculture and farming livelihoods in Pakistan (Co-Investigator, Funded by ACIAR)
  • 2016-2020 Developing improved crop protection options in support of intensification of sweet potato production in Papua New Guinea (Co-Investigator, Funded by ACIAR)
  • 2015-2016 Food Care, Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing: An Exploratory Study of Enhancing the Services of FoodCare Orange (Principal Investigator, Funded by Charles Sturt University Community-University Partnership Program)
  • 2015-2016 Developing a Commodity Profitability Index for Australian Wheat Producers (Chief Investigator, Funded by CSU Foundation Trust)

Research Students

PhD Current
  • Mathew Sedowo "Designing Improved Market Access for Smallholder Cassava Farmers in Nigeria"
Masters Current
  • Henry Hunga "Food Security in Malawi: Impact of Policies and Analysis of Food Security Indicators"
  • Onodu Bonaventure "A Value Chain Appraisal of Tuber Crops Production in Nigeria in Relation to their Contribution to Health Care"
  • David Ford "Enhancing Dairy Industry Extension Services in Pakistan: An Assessment of Vocational Training Program for Educating Extension Practitioners"

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Professional Memberships

Other Professional Activities

  • Examiner for PhD theses (University of Wollongong, University of Southern Queensland)
  • Expert Reviewer (Qatar National Research Fund)
  • Peer-Reviewer (over 20 international journals in the areas of economics, science and policy)
  • Associate Editor (International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts & Responses, and World Research Journal of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering)

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Recent Publications

View Dr Culas's publications on CRO.

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