David Adamson

Dr David Adamson

Senior Lecturer

School of Economics and Public Policy

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 specializes in dealing with risk and uncertainty in economics. He applies these skills to two principal areas: water and bio-security.

David 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 (1994 till 1999). David worked then ran his own consulting company specialing in economically evaluating rural research.  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 time was initially 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 (2008), The Murray-Darling Basin Plan (2011),  was appointed to the Independent Review Panel to examine the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program (2015/16), explored the concepts of agroterrorism for the World Trade Organisation Animal Health (2019), and the risks and rewards of adopting a nonvaccine strategy for managing Foot and Mouth Disease in Uruguay (2020). 

David currently holds an honorary position (one-health economist) at the University of Liverpool, UK, and in 2021 was appointed as an editor to Plos Water.

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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

David Adamson has won/participated in over $1.7 million worth of research/consultancy/fellowships since 2008. 

Year   Project Name TOTAL
2021 ACIAR ACIAR: Seeds of Life $119,743
2020 Faculty of Pofessions, UoA Faculty of Professions, Animate your Science $5,000
2020 FFCRC FFCRC: Social Licence Project $40,000
2019 Urugyian Government Evaluation of FMD in Uruguay $14,308
2019 OIE OIE Agroterrorism $112,969
2019 SARDI/PIRSA Sterile Insect Technology $33,000
2019 University of Alcala Giner de los Rios Fellowship $8,617
2018 University of Liverpool UoL 20% of salary 2018+ 2019 $77,119
2018 UoA UoA interdisciplinary Research Funding $65,000
2017 UoA, EU Centre for Global Affairs Annual Grant Program $15,000
2016 ARC ARC DECRA $335,000
2016 ACIAR ACIAR: Horticultural Markets in Pakistan $302,104
2015 DNRM, QLD DNRM Pricing New Water Rights $34,856
2015 AIBE, UQ AIBE Fellowship $39,336
2015 Australian Governmen Endeavour Research Fellow $24,500
2014 COST-ACTION, EU Network for Evaluation of One Health, TD Cost-Action TD1401*  
2013 UWA/UQ collaboration fund Coal Seam Gas & the Precautionary Principal $6,799
2011 ABARE/MDBA MDBA: Water Supply Variability & Sustainable Diversion Limits  $41,155
2011 Inovac/NWC Analysis of the Impact of the National Water Initiative $99,000
2010 MDBA Economic Analysis of Diversion Operations for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan $57,000
2009 CRC  One-Health Evaluation $17,000
2009 SA Government SA Government High Court Challenge on Water Trade  $230,000
2008 The Garnaut Climate Change Review Garnaut Climate Change Review: The Implications for Irrigation in the MDB $38,455
2008 ABARE/Dept Ag Vic ABARES/Dept of Ag Victoria: Reduced Water Availability in the MDB $18,182

 

Teaching/Course Co-ordination:

  • 2020-01 Agribus 7057 "Trends in the World Food System"
  • 2021 Agribus "Agricultural Decision Making"

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
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • 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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