Dr David Adamson

David Adamson
Centre for Global Food and Resources
Faculty of the Professions

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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Dr David Adamson

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.

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 Amount
2016 Fellowship Discovery Early Carear Researcher Rearcher Award
2015 - 2015 Fellowship Endeavour Research Fellow $24,500
2015 - 2016 Fellowship The University Of QueenslandAustralian Institute for Business and Economics (AIBE) Fellowship The University of Queensland $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

Agricultural Economics & Policy, Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling, Applied Economics, Economics, Environment and Resource Economics, Natural Resource Management, Public Policy

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Adamson, D., loch, A. & Schwabe, K. (2017). Adaptation responses to increasing drought frequency. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 61, 3, 1-19.
10.1111/1467-8489.12214
2017 Adamson, D. & Loch, A. (2017). Achieving environmental flows where buyback is constrained. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, -.
10.1111/1467-8489.12231
2017 Gomez, C., Pérez-Blanco, C., Adamson, D. & Loch, A. (2017). Managing water scarcity at a river basin scale with economic instruments. Water Economics and Policy, 3, 4, 1-31.
10.1142/S2382624X17500047
2017 Tisdell, C. A. & Adamson, D. C. (2017). The importance of fixed costs in animal health systems. Scientific and Technical Review of the Office International des Epizooties (Paris), 36, 1, -.
2017 Jackson, L. & Adamson, D. C. (2017). The live sheep export supply chain: When operational and societal complexities collide. International Journal of Business and Systems Research, -.
2016 Adamson, D. (2016). Pandora’s Box and the level playing field: food safety and regulations. Farm Policy Journal, 13, 3, 33-41.
2015 Loch, A. & Adamson, D. (2015). Drought and the rebound effect: a Murray-Darling Basin example. Natural Hazards, 79, 3, 1429-1449.
10.1007/s11069-015-1705-y
2014 Adamson, D. & Loch, A. (2014). Possible negative feedbacks from 'gold-plating' irrigation infrastructure. Agricultural Water Management, 145, 134-144.
10.1016/j.agwat.2013.09.022
2014 Loch, A., Adamson, D. & Mallawaarachchi, T. (2014). Role of hydrology and economics in water management policy under increasing uncertainty. Journal of Hydrology, 518, Part A, 5-16.
10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.10.049
2012 Zalucki, M., Shabbir, A., Silva, R., Adamson, D., Liu, S. & Furlong, M. (2012). Estimating the economic cost of one of the world's major insect pests, plutella xylostella (lepidoptera: Plutellidae): just how long is a piece of string?. Journal of Economic Entomology, 105, 4, 1115-1129.
10.1603/EC12107
2011 Schrobback, P., Adamson, D. & Quiggin, J. (2011). Turning water into carbon: carbon sequestration and water flow in the Murray-Darling Basin. Environmental and Resource Economics, 49, 1, 23-45.
10.1007/s10640-010-9422-1
2010 Quiggin, J., Adamson, D., Chambers, S. & Schrobback, P. (2010). Climate Change, Uncertainty, and Adaptation: The Case of Irrigated Agriculture in the Murray-Darling Basin in Australia. Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 58, 4, 531-554.
10.1111/j.1744-7976.2010.01200.x
2009 Zalucki, M., Adamson, D. & Furlong, M. (2009). The future of IPM: Whither or wither?: Overview. Australian Journal of Entomology, 48, 2, 85-96.
10.1111/j.1440-6055.2009.00690.x
2009 Adamson, D., Mallawaarachchi, T. & Quiggin, J. (2009). Declining inflows and more frequent droughts in the Murray - Darling Basin: Climate change, impacts and adaptation. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 53, 3, 345-366.
10.1111/j.1467-8489.2009.00451.x
2007 Adamson, D., Mallawaarachchi, T. & Quiggin, J. (2007). Water use and salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin: A state-contingent model. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 51, 3, 263-281.
10.1111/j.1467-8489.2007.00380.x
2006 Adamson, D. (2006). Common waters, diverging streams: Linking institutions and water management in Arizona, California, and Colorado. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF AGRICULTURAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS, 50, 3, 466-468.
1999 Norton, G., Adamson, D., Aitken, L., Bilston, L., Foster, J., Frank, B. & Harper, J. (1999). Facilitating IPM: the role of participatory workshops. International Journal of Pest Management, 45, 2, 85-90.
10.1080/096708799227860

Books

Year Citation
2014 J. Quiggin, D. Adamson & D. Quiggen (Eds.) (2014). Carbon Pricing: Early experience and future prospects.
10.4337/9781782547747
2014 J. Quiggin, D. Adamson & D. Quiggen (Eds.) (2014). Carbon Pricing: Early experience and future prospects.
10.4337/9781782547747

Book Chapters

Year Citation
2017 Tisdell, C. & Adamson, D. (2017). The Economics of Alternative Pest Management Strategies: Basic Assessment and Environmental Uncertainties. In E. Coll & E. Wajnberg (Eds.), Environmental Pest Management Challenges for Agronomists, Ecologists, Economists and Policymakers (pp. 55-76). Chichester: John Wiley and Sons.
2015 Loch, A., Wheeler, S. A. & Adamson, D. (2015). People versus place in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin: balancing economic, social ecosystem and community outcomes. In V. Squires, H. Milner & K. Daniell (Eds.), River basin management in the twenty-first century: understanding people and place (pp. 275-303). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
2014 Adamson, D., Zalucki, M. & Furlong, M. (2014). Pesticides and integrated pest management practice, practicality and policy in Australia. In R. Peshin & D. Pimentel (Eds.), Integrated Pest Management: Experiences with Implementation, Global Overview, Volume 4 (pp. 387-411). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Netherlands.
10.1007/978-94-007-7802-3_16
2012 Mallawaarachchi, T., McClintock, A., Adamson, D. & Quiggin, J. (2012). Investment as an adaptation response to water scarcity. In J. Quiggin, T. Mallawaarachchi & S. Chambers (Eds.), Water Policy Reform: Lessons in Sustainability from the Murray-Darling Basin (pp. 101-126). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
10.4337/9781781000328.00018
2012 Mallawaarachchi, T., Adamson, D., Chambers, S., Schrobback, P. & Quiggin, J. (2012). Variability and uncertainty: Implications for water policy impact analysis. In J. Quiggin, T. Mallawaarachchi & S. Chambers (Eds.), Water Policy Reform: Lessons in Sustainability from the Murray-Darling Basin (pp. 82-100). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.
10.4337/9781781000328.00017
2010 Adamson, D. (2010). Quarantine and food safety issues in a TPPA. In J. Kelsey (Ed.), No ordinary deal: unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (pp. 95-106). Bridget Williams Books.
1997 Adamson, D. C. (1997). Benefit cost analysis for biological control programs. In M. Julien & G. White (Eds.), Biological Control of Weeds: theory and practical application, Canberra: ACIAR Monograph Series. ACIAR.

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2012 Adamson, D. (2012). The Basin Plan, the buy-back and climate change: determining an optimal water entitlements portfolio. Practical Responses to Climate Change. Barton, A.C.T.
2008 Adamson, D. C., Schrobback, P. & Quiggin, J. (2008). Options for managing salinity in the Murray-Darling Basin under reduced rainfall. 2nd International Salinity Forum: Salinity, water and society—global issues. Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia.
1988 Zalucki, M. P., Rochester, W. A., Norton, G. A., Maelzer, D., Fitt, G. P. & Adamson, D. C. (1988). IPM and Heliothis: what we have to do to make it work. 6th Australasian Applied Entomology Conference. M. P. Zalucki, R. A. I. Drew & G. G. White (Eds.) Brisbane.

Report for External Bodies

Year Citation
2017 adamson, D., Loch, A., Wheeler, S. & Connor, J., (2017). Submission to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources: Inquiry into water-use efficiency in Australian agriculture,,
2017 Loch, A., Adamson, D., O'Donnell, E. & Horne,, A., (2017). Submission to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Inquiry: The integrity of the water market in the Murray-Darling Basin,
2016 Magee, B., Oi, D., Parkes, J., Adamson, D., Hyne, N., Langford, D. ... Lawson, S., (2016). Report of the Independent Review Panel: Independent Review Panel of the National Red Imported Fire Ant Eradication Program,
  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.

Honours Supervision 

  • McGill, K., 2011, Consumption-based versus production-based carbon tax in the Australian economy, Honours thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland

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
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