Adam Loch

Associate Professor Adam Loch

Associate Prof/Reader

School of Economics and Public Policy

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Adam Loch is an Associate Professor and former ARC DECRA Fellow at the University of Adelaide. Prior to moving to South Australia Adam spent 10 years on his family's farm in Queensland and currently researches topics such as risk and ambiguity, irrigator decision-making, water markets and institutional reform, transaction costs, and reallocation policy/program effectiveness.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from Bond University, a Master of Marketing (M.Mkt) from Griffith University, a Master of Business (M.Bus) from Central Queensland University and a Ph.D from UniSA. He has held and led several large-scale projects both in Australia and overseas which have focused on farming systems, public policy advice and strategic planning, economic analysis, and institutional reform. These projects have required a wide range of analytical techniques including survey design and delivery, econometric analysis tools, modeling assessments, transaction cost accounting, the design and conduct of interviews and focus groups, and scenario and fore-sighting analysis. Adam’s research networks include economic and policy specialists in Spain, Italy, and the UK, engineering, allocation, and hydrology researchers in the US and Chile, and sustainable agriculture and technology public policy experts in South Asia.

I am a collaborative academic by nature and practice, with many examples over the years of working with others to achieve far more than any one of us could alone. My current research interests include:

  • Water markets and governance institutions
  • Agricultural economics
  • Natural resource and environmental economics
  • Irrigator decision-making
  • Transaction costs and their quantification
  • Risk and uncertainty
  • Climate change modelling and down-scaled predictors
  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - ongoing Senior Lecturer / ARC DECRA Fellow University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2015 Early Career Development Fellow University of South Australia
    2012 - 2013 Post-doctoral Research Fellow University of South Australia
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award Executive Dean's Award Faculty of the Professions, The University of Adelaide Australia
    2014 Award Business School Top Early Career Researcher Achievement in Research Excellence Award University of South Australia Australia $3000
    2014 Award Top Research Team Achievement in Research Excellence Award University of South Australia Australia $5000
    2013 Award Ian Davey Research Thesis Award University of South Australia Australia $3000
    2013 Scholarship Early Career Travel Award University of South Australia Australia $4500
    2012 Distinction Business School Best Thesis Prize University of South Australia Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 - 2012 University of South Australia Australia Ph.D
    Central Queensland University Australia M.Bus.
    Griffith University Australia M.Mkting
    Bond University Australia B.Comm
Grant Funding (since 2012)
ID Title Funding organisation $ Period Participants
CSE/2017/101 Value chain and policy interventions to accelerate adoption of zero tillage in rice-wheat systems across the Indo Gangetic Plains Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) $271,685 2018 Dr Adam Loch, Dr Jay Cummins, Dr Alec Zuo, and Mr Rohan Yargop
  Building collaborative arrangements on water scarcity management between Australia and the European Union EU Centre for Global Affairs $15,000 2017 Dr Adam Loch
  Exploring a water market readiness framework in the United States, Spain and China Australian National Commission for UNESCO $20,000 2016  Dr Adam Loch, Assoc Prof Sarah Wheeler, Dr Alec Zuo and Prof Mike Young
DE150100328 Minimising transaction costs in Murray-Darling Basin water reform Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) Award $374,000 2015-17 Dr Adam Loch
  Can we ‘nudge’ consumer choices toward healthier locally produced food in supermarkets UniSA Research Themes for Development Investment Funding  $35,000 2015  Dr Svetlana Bogomolova, Dr Adam Loch, Prof Jon Buckley, Prof Larry Lockshin, Dr Herb Sorensen and Mr Graeme Longmuir
DP140103946 Transitioning to a water secure future Australian Research Council Discovery Award $172,000 2014-2016 Dr Sarah Wheeler, Dr Adam Loch, Dr Dustin Garrick, Prof Peter Boxall, Prof Vic Adamowicz, Dr Alec Zuo and Prof Henning Bjornlund
SD11-16 Water trade, climate change and irrigator adaptability in the Murray-Darling Basin National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) $200,000 2012 Dr Adam Loch, Dr Sarah Wheeler
Current teaching roles


Research Project Part 1: Principles and Methods


Course Coordinator/Lecturer


Research Project Part 2: Research Project
(GFAB Program)


Course Coordinator/Lecturer


Research Project Part 2: Research Project
(MAB Program)


Course Coordinator/Lecturer


Water Security and Governance


Course Coordinator/Lecturer


Farm Decision Making


Course Coordinator/Lecturer




  • Position: Associate Prof/Reader
  • Phone: 83139131
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 6
  • Org Unit: Centre for Global Food and Resources

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