Alec Zuo

Dr Alec Zuo

Associate Professor

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 Alec Zuo is an Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide. His research focuses on environmental and agricultural economics, water markets, climate change, mental health, and consumer food related behaviour in general.

Dr Zuo holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with First Class Honours from Lingnan University in Hong Kong, and a PhD from the University of South Australia.

As both an individual researcher and as part of expert teams, Dr Zuo has been the recipient of a range of grants to support his research, from organisations including the Federal Department of the Environment, the Department of Agriculture, Australian National Commission, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), the National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility (NCCARF), and the National Water Commission.

Dr Zuo has co-authored a book on the role of water markets in climate change adaption, has published over 50 book chapters and refereed journal articles, and has presented his research at conferences throughout Australia and internationally.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor Consequences of water reform and changing farm adaptation in the Murray-Darling Basin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Louise Capel
    2019 Co-Supervisor Trust and social capital in emerging cross-border e-commerce channels: case studies of Daigou Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Wenzhu Tang
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Investigating Agricultural Innovation Platforms, Soil Moisture Monitoring Tools and Farm Adaptation Behaviour in Irrigation Schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fentahun Addis Abebe
    2018 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Social licence in natural resource dependent industries: Improving understanding and integrating economic perspectives Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nikki Dumbrell
    2018 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Food System Transformation in Fiji: Exploring the Determinants of Diet Quality and Health Outcomes in Rural and Urban Households Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Anna Vicki Finizio
    2017 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Examining the Spatial Influences of Natural Capital in the Australian Agricultural Landscape Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Maksuda Mannaf
    2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Trade costs, trade facilitation, and agrifood exports in Central Asia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Alfinura Sharafeyeva
    2017 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Improving the Social Welfare of Rural Households in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa through Effective Rural Development Interventions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr John Kandulu
    2016 - 2017 Co-Supervisor How Can the Global Food Security Challenges be Addressed in a Multilateral Trading System? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Lakmini Priyanga Peiris Mendis
    2016 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Understanding adaptation and water market behaviour of irrigators and non-landholder stakeholders in the Murray-Darling Basin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Constantin Seidl
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Impacts of Climatic Variability, Water Scarcity and Socio-Economic Demographics on Farmers' Mental Health in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sahar Daghagh Yazd
    2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Examining the Importance of Spatial Influences on Irrigators' Water Trading Behaviour in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Juliane Haensch
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Treasurer Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society SA Branch Australia
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83139133
  • Email: alec.zuo@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 6
  • Org Unit: Centre for Global Food and Resources

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