David Adamson

Dr David Adamson

Centre for Global Food and Resources

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


David Adamson started his professional life as the economist at the CRC for Tropical Pest Management and he has worked on a range of natural resource and agricultural issues throughout Australia. From 2004-2017 David was based at the School of Economics at The University of Queensland working with Professor John Quiggin on climatic variability and uncertainty impacts on water management in Australia’s Murray–Darling Basin.

In 2017 David transferred to the Centre for Global Food & Resources, The University of Adelaide. David's current research activities are split between his ARC DECRA Grant DE160100213 Optimising National Benefits from Restoring Environmental Water Flows and collaborating on a European COST-ACTION Proposal titled 'Network for Evaluation of One Health'.

David has been commissioned to work on The Garnaut Climate Change Review, The Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and was appointed to the 2015/16 Independent Review Panel to examine the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program.

David Adamson started his professional life as the economist at the CRC for Tropical Pest Management and he has worked on a range of natural resource and agricultural issues throughout Australia.  From 2004-2017 David was based at the School of Economics at The University of Queensland working with Professor John Quiggin on climatic variability and uncertainty impacts on water management in Australia’s Murray–Darling Basin.

In 2017 David transferred to the Centre for Global Food & Resources, The University of Adelaide. David's current research activities are split between his ARC DECRA Grant DE160100213 Optimising National Benefits from Restoring Environmental Water Flows and collaborating on a European COST-ACTION Proposal titled 'Network for Evaluation of One Health'.

David has been commissioned to work on The Garnaut Climate Change Review, The Murray-Darling Basin Plan, and was appointed to the 2015/16 Independent Review Panel to examine the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 - 2020 ARC DECRA Senior Research Fellow (C) The University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 ARC DECRA Fellow The University of Queensland
    2011 - 2016 Senior Academic Research Officer The University of Queensland
    2005 - 2011 Research Manager The University of Queensland
    2004 - 2005 Research Officer The University of Queensland
    2000 - 2004 Director Self-employed
    1999 - 2000 Research Officer The University of Queensalnd
    1994 - 1999 Economist CRC for Tropical Pest Management
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2017 Award Executive Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Research, University of Adelaide Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Fellowship Discovery Early Career Researcher Researcher Award Australia
    2015 Fellowship Endeavour Research Fellow Australia $24,500
    2015 Fellowship The University Of QueenslandAustralian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE) Fellowship The University of Queensland Australia $39,336
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2008 - 2015 The University of Queensland Australia PhD
    1994 - 1997 The University of Queensland Australia M.Natural Resource Economics
    1990 - 1994 University of New England Australia B.Ag Econ
  • Research Interests

  1. 2017 EU Centre for Global Affairs Annual Grant Program ($15,000) "Building lasting collaborative arrangements on water scarcity management between Australia and the EU". Project with Dr Adam Loch (UA) and Dr Dioni Perez-Blanco (FEEM Italy).
  2. 2016 Adamson, ARC DECRA ($335,000) with over $200,000 of additional funding provided by The University of Queensland
  3. 2016, Mallawaarachchi & Adamson, Policy and institutional reforms to improve horticulture markets in Pakistan, funding from ACIAR, ($302,104)
  4. 2015 Adamson & Mallawaarachchi, Developing a Platform to Determine the Reserve Price of Unallocated Water, for the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM), ($34,856)
  5. 2015 Adamson, Independent Review of the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program ($30,090)
  6. 2015 Adamson, AIBE Fellowship ($39,336)
  7. 2015 Adamson, Endeavour research Fellowship ($24,500)
  8. 2014 TD Cost-Action TD1401: Network for Evaluation of One Health, a consortium led by Haesler, B.
  9. Quiggin, J. Doole, G and Adamson, D. 2013, ‘Coal Seam Gas & the Precautionary Principal’, UWA-UQ Bilateral Research Collaboration Award, ($6,799).
  10. Adamson, D., Quiggin, J., and Quiggin, D. 2011, Water Supply Variability & Sustainable Diversion Limits: Issues to Consider in Developing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, UniQuest Project No: 17255, Report prepared for Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia. ($41,155).
  11. Mallawaarachchi, T., Adamson, D., & Quiggin, J. 2011, An Economic Analysis of the Impact of the National Water Initiative on the Capacity and Resilience of Australia’s Water Management Regime, Commissioned report for Inovac, RMSG, School of Economics, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia. ($99,000).
  12. Mallawaarachchi, T., Adamson, D., Chambers, S. & Schrobback, P. 2010, Economic Analysis of Diversion Operations for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Returns to irrigation under reduced water availability: A commission study for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, UQ Business School Commercial, The University of Queensland. ($57,000).
  13. Adamson, D. (2009), One-Health CRC’s Evaluation Framework: An introduction to research management, Report prepared for The Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease. ($17,000).
  14. Quiggin, J., Adamson, D., Chambers, S., & Schrobback, P. 2009, Water Trading in the Murray Darling Basin: Part 1: Theory, Consultant Report for the South Australian Government, RSMG, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.
  15. Quiggin, J., Adamson, D., Chambers, S., & Schrobback, P. 2009, Water Trading in the Murray Darling Basin: Part 2: Modelling Trade Constraints, Consultant Report for the South Australian Government, RSMG, School of Economics, The University of Queensland. (South Australian Government Total Part 1 and 2, $230,000)
  16. Quiggin, J., Adamson, D., Schrobback, P. & Chambers, S. 2008 Garnaut Climate Change Review: The Implications for Irrigation in the Murray-Darling Basin, Risk & Sustainable Management Group, The School of Economics and the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland, Brisbane: Commissioned report for The Garnaut Climate Change Review ($38,455)
  17. Mallawaarachchi, T., Hone, S., Adamson, D., Yainshet, A., Oliver, M., Quiggin, J. & Gooday, P. 2008, Reduced Water Availability: Impacts on Agricultural Activities and Regional Economies in the Murray-Darling Basin, ABARE client report prepared for the Murray-Darling Commission, July 2008. ($18,182)

Guest Lectures:

  • Adamson, D. 2016, ‘Economic impacts of One Health events’,  Guest Lecture for VETS1030 One Health, 7 October 2016.
  • Adamson, D. 2016, Economics and Biosecurity, Guest lecture for AGRC3042 Animal & Plant Biosecurity, 23 March 2016.
  • Adamson, D. 2013: ‘The Murray-Darling Basin Plan & the Buy-Back’, Guest Lecture for ECON3710, 5 August 2013.
  • Adamson, D. 2012, ‘Water Issues in the Murray Darling Basin’, Guest Lectures for ENVM7100 & ENVM2100, 24 & 26 April 2012.

Training Courses:

  • Adamson, D 2016, Bio-Security & Market Access: The Role of Public Institutions DFAT’s Australia Awards Africa Agribusiness, Training Course, 30 August.
  • Adamson, D. 2014, ‘The Murray-Darling Basin Plan; Policy Analysis’, BAPPENAS: Institutional Strengthening in the Indonesian Water Resources, Brisbane 12 Aug 2014.
  • Adamson, D. 1996, ‘Biological control of tropical weeds: the economics of bio-control: a practical handout’, Tropical Weeds Course.
  • Adamson, D. 1996, ‘How to make a resource economist squirm’, IPM Tools for Implementation, unpublished handout, CTPM, Brisbane.
  • Adamson, D. 1996, ‘The economics of bio-control: A practical handout, IPM Tools for Implementation, unpublished handout, CTPM, Brisbane.
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2015 - 2016 Member Independent Review Panel of the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program Australia
    2013 - 2015 President Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society (Queensland Branch) Australia
    2011 - 2011 Member Economic Modelling and Costs Analysis Technical Group Murray-Darling Basin Authority Australia
  • Phone: 83130197
  • Email: david.adamson@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 6
  • Room: 6 25
  • Org Unit: Centre for Global Food and Resources

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