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.


A/Prof. Alec Zuo is an applied economist specialising in agricultural, environmental, and resource economics. Alec’s research has addressed issues and questions that are fundamental to UN Sustainable Development Goals and Australian National Research Priorities. He is also a part of the Water, Environment and Food economics policy group (WEF) in the School of Economics and Public Policy.

His research has contributed significantly to understanding the impact of climate change and resources on irrigation farming, farmer adaptation strategies, and market-based instruments for water resource management. His research has been published in leading international journals (e.g., Global Environment Change, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Energy Economics, etc.) and he has collaboration with researchers from over 20 organisations worldwide on agricultural, resource, environment and development issues across 11 countries in four continents. Alec has substantial experience in initiating and managing large research projects. His research has been funded by the Australian Research Council (currently an ARC Future Fellow), the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, the federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, the Australian Consumer & Competition Commission, and the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

  • 2023
  • Quantifying the economic and social impacts of drought in rural Australia, ARC Future Fellowship 

  • Enterprise choice and sequence strategies that drive sustainable and profitable southern Australian farming systems, GRDC

  • 2022
  • Impacts of changing water ownership and reforms on Australian water markets, ARC Discovery  

  • 2020
  • Strengthening small-scale agricultural exports to China: Evaluation of two innovative marketing channels, Federal Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

  • Consumer preferences for three new mango varieties, an auction experiment, WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

  • 2018
  • Improving smallholder farmer incomes through strategic market development in mango supply chains in southern Vietnam, ACIAR

  • Understanding parallel trade of Australian products to China, Federal Department of Agricultural, Water and the Environment  

  • 2017
  • Challenges and opportunities for meeting requirements of China mango markets, ACIAR 

  • Value chain and policy interventions to accelerate adoption of Happy Seeder zero tillage in rice-wheat farming systems across the Indo-Gangetic Plains, ACIAR

  • 2016

  • Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and agricultural innovative programs, ACIAR 

  • Efficient participatory irrigation institutions to support productive and sustainable agriculture in south Asia, ACIAR  

  • Developing a water market readiness framework, the Australian National Commission for UNESCO 

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Co-Supervisor Understanding agri-food products purchase behaviour in cross-border live streaming commerce Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Gengtao Liu
    2023 Co-Supervisor Evaluating Extension Approaches for Smallhoder Dairy Value Chains in West Java, Indonesia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Vyta Hanifah
    2023 Principal Supervisor Essays exploring the value of water as an investment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Mubeen Abdur Rehman
    2023 Co-Supervisor Climate Smart Agricultural Technologies, Commercialization, and Nutrition in Rural Africa Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tadiwos Zewdie Tiruneh
    2023 Principal Supervisor Drought impacts in Australian rural and regional communities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jiaqi Fan
    2023 Co-Supervisor Adaptation to climate change: firm-level evidence from manufacturer in developing countries Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Siqi Huang
    2022 Principal Supervisor Transforming to sustainable food consumption: an empirical study in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Thi Xuan Dieu Phan
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 - 2023 Co-Supervisor Investigating online market consumer behaviour through spatial, big data and machine learning approaches: cases in Daigou, e-commerce platform and NFT crypto market Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Wenzhu David Tang
    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
    2021 - 2025 Member Steering Committee, Human Dimensions Research Coordination Program , FRDC Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Council of the Chinese Economics Society Australia The Chinese Economics Society Australia Australia
    2014 - ongoing Treasurer Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society SA Branch - Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2023 - ongoing Board Member Agriculture MDPI Switzerland
    2023 - ongoing Board Member Cambridge Prisms: Water Cambridge University Press United Kingdom
    2022 - ongoing Associate Editor Water Resources and Economics Elsevier Netherlands
    2022 - ongoing Associate Editor Australasian Journal of Water Resources Engineers Australia 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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