Liam Wagner

Associate Professor Liam Wagner

Associate Professor

Centre for Global Food and Resources

Faculty of the Professions


Dr Liam Wagner is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide. He has secured more than $5 Million in competitive research funding to examine energy markets and their impact on the community. His research interests are primarily in areas of Energy, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics.

Dr Wagner has previously worked on the trading desk of large electricity generation business as a Trader/Analyst. He has also had extensive experience in research and consultancy environments with a range of clients.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Neelawela, U. D., Selvanathan, E. A., & Wagner, L. D. (2019). Global measure of electricity security: A composite index approach. Energy Economics, 81, 433-453.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2016 Molyneaux, L., Brown, C., Wagner, L., & Foster, J. (2016). Measuring resilience in energy systems: Insights from a range of disciplines. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 59, 1068-1079.
    DOI Scopus33 WoS24
    2016 Wagner, L., Ross, I., Foster, J., & Hankamer, B. (2016). Trading off global fuel supply, CO<inf>2</inf> emissions and sustainable development. PLoS ONE, 11(3), 17 pages.
    DOI Scopus35 WoS30 Europe PMC4
    2016 Byrnes, L., Brown, C., Wagner, L., & Foster, J. (2016). Reviewing the viability of renewable energy in community electrification: The case of remote Western Australian communities. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 59, 470-481.
    DOI Scopus25 WoS19
    2016 Molyneaux, L., Wagner, L., & Foster, J. (2016). Rural electrification in India: Galilee Basin coal versus decentralised renewable energy micro grids. Renewable Energy, 89, 422-436.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS15
    2016 Bratanova, A., Robinson, J., & Wagner, L. (2016). New technology adoption for Russian energy generation: What does it cost? A case study for Moscow. Applied Energy, 162, 924-939.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS7
    2014 Wagner, L., Molyneaux, L., & Foster, J. (2014). The magnitude of the impact of a shift from coal to gas under a Carbon Price. Energy Policy, 66, 280-291.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS7
    2013 Byrnes, L., Brown, C., Foster, J., & Wagner, L. D. (2013). Australian renewable energy policy: Barriers and challenges. Renewable Energy, 60, 711-721.
    DOI Scopus107 WoS88
    2013 Molyneaux, L., Froome, C., Wagner, L., & Foster, J. (2013). Australian power: Can renewable technologies change the dominant industry view?. Renewable Energy, 60, 215-221.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS12
    2012 Lilley, W. E., Reedman, L. J., Wagner, L. D., Alie, C. F., & Szatowd, A. R. (2012). An economic evaluation of the potential for distributed energy in Australia. Energy Policy, 51, 277-289.
    DOI Scopus15 WoS14
    2012 Molyneaux, L., Wagner, L., Froome, C., & Foster, J. (2012). Resilience and electricity systems: A comparative analysis. Energy Policy, 47, 188-201.
    DOI Scopus56 WoS50
    2010 Wagner, L., & McDonald, S. (2010). Finding traitors in secure networks using Byzantine agreements. International Journal of Network Security, 10(1), 11-17.
    2010 Stephens, E., Ross, I., Mussgnug, J., Wagner, L., Borowitzka, M., Posten, C., . . . Hankamer, B. (2010). Future prospects of microalgal biofuel production systems. Trends in Plant Science, 15(10), 554-564.
    DOI Scopus210 WoS186 Europe PMC69
    2009 Menezes, F., Quiggin, J., & Wagner, L. (2009). Grandfathering and Greenhouse: The Role of Compensation and Adjustment Assistance in the Introduction of a Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme for Australia. Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, 28(2), 82-92.
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    2007 Wagner, L., Ross, J., & Possingham, H. (2007). Catastrophe management and inter-reserve distance for marine reserve networks. Ecological Modelling, 201(1), 82-88.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS9
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2010 Mullins, J., Wagner, L., Foster, J., & others. (2010). Price spikes in electricity markets: A strategic perspective. In Work. Pap.. Sch. Econ. Univ. Queensland.
    2009 Wagner, L. (2009). Impacts and Benefits of DG on the NEM. In Intelligent Grid: A Value Proposition for Distributed Energy in Australia, CSIRO Report ET/IR 1152 (Vol. 1152, pp. 368-405). CSIRO.
    Wagner, L., Links, J., & Isaac, P. (n.d.). Ribbon Structure in Symmetric Pre-monoidal Categories.
    Stephens, E., Wagner, L., Ross, I. L., & Hankamer, B. (n.d.). 15 Microalgal production systems: Global impact of industry scale-up. In Microalgal Biotechnology: Integration and Economy. DE GRUYTER.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Neelawela, U. D., Wagner, L. D., & Selvanathan, E. A. (2018). The role of energy storage with renewable energy integration: Evidence from the European Union. In 3rd Helenic Asssociation for Energy Economics (HAEE/IAEE) Annual Conference: Energy Transition: European and Global Perspectives.
    2018 Neelawela, U. D., Selvanathan, E. A., & Wagner, L. D. (2018). Global Measure of Electricity Security: A Principal Component Analysis Approach. In 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development.
    2017 Amarasinghe, M., Brown, C., Foster, J., & Wagner, L. (2017). Electricity Sector Reform and The Impact of Demand Side Management in Sri Lanka. In Meeting the Energy Demands of Emerging Economies, 40th IAEE International Conference, June 18-21, 2017. International Association for Energy Economics.
    2016 Wagner, L. (2016). Energy in Transtion: Embracing Disruption. In Meeting Asia’s Energy Challenges, 5th IAEE Asian Conference, Feb 14-17, 2016. International Association for Energy Economics.
    2015 Reedman, L., Hill, D., Dong, Z., Foster, J., MacGill, L. W. I., & Vassallo, A. (2015). The CSIRO Future Grid Research Cluster: Overview and Preliminary Findings. In Energy Security, Technology and Sustainability Challenges Across the Globe, 38th IAEE International Conference, May 25-27, 2015. International Association for Energy Economics.
    2014 Wagner, L. D. (2014). Modelling the Australian Domestic Gas Market: A Mixed Complementarity approach with Oligopolistic Behaviour. In IAEE Conference, New York, 2014. IAEE.
    2014 Byrnes, L., Brown, C., Wagner, L., & Foster, J. (2014). Can renewable energy energise remote Australian communities?. In Sustainable Energy Policy and Strategies for Europe, 14th IAEE European Conference, October 28-31, 2014. International Association for Energy Economics.
    2013 Froome, C., Wagner, L., & Foster, J. (2013). Energy Storage Technology Options for Distribution Networks - More Than Just the Economic Cost. In 32nd USAEE 2013, Anchorage Alaska. US Association of Energy Economics.
    2012 Wagner, L. D., & Reedman, L. (2012). Establishing the potential grid benefits and detractions of the deployment of vehicles to grid electric vehicles. In IAEE Conference, Perth, Australia, June 2012. International Association of Energy Economics.
    2012 Froome, C., Wagner, L. D., & Foster, J. (2012). The effectiveness of energy storage to reduce peak demand on the Australian national electricity market. In IAEE Conference, Perth, Australia, June 2012. International Association of Energy Economics.
    2012 Molyneaux, L., Froome, C., & Wagner, L. (2012). Where is Australian power headed in 2035?. In Australian solar energy society conference, Melbourne, Australia, December 2012.. Australian Solar Institute.
    2011 Wagner, L. D., Froome, C., & Foster, J. (2011). Modeling the Broader Deployment of Demand Side Management onto the Australian National Electricity Markets. In 30th USAEE/IAEE Conference, Washington DC., USA, October 9-12 2011. International Association of Energy Economics.
    2011 Froome, C., & Wagner, L. D. (2011). The Benefits of Embedded Storage within a Localised Distribution Network. In 8th Asia Pacific Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Technologies, Adelaide July 2011.
    2011 Wagner, L. D., & Reedman, L. (2011). Modeling and Analysis of Spot Market Volatility Following the Large Scale Deployment of Distributed Generation onto Australia’s National Electricity Market. In 36th International Energy Economics Association Conference, Stockholm Sweden, June 2011.
    2011 Reedman, L., & Wagner, L. D. (2011). Can the Large Scale Deployment of Distributed Generation Onto Electricity Markets Reduce Carbon Emissions: An Australian Case Study. In 36th International Energy Economics Association Conference, Stockholm Sweden, June 2011.
    2011 Wagner, L., Stephens, E., & Hankamer, B. (2011). Economics of Biofuel Production from Genetically Modified Algae. In 2011 AAEA & NAREA Joint Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.
    2010 Wagner, L. D., & Reedman, L. (2010). Modeling the Large Scale Deployment of Distributed Generation onto Electricity Markets. In 29th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference, "Energy and the Environment: Conventional and Unconventional Solutions" October 14-16, 2010.
    2010 Froome, C., & Wagner, L. D. (2010). Energy Storage and its Ability to Add Stability to Intermittent Generation and Reduce Distribution Network Costs. In 29th USAEE/IAEE North American Conference, "Energy and the Environment: Conventional and Unconventional Solutions" October 14-16, 2010. Calgary, Canada.
    2010 Wagner, L. D., & Quiggin, J. (2010). Reassessing assistance for brown coal generators under the proposed CPRS. In AARES ’10, Adelaide Feb 2010.
    2010 Wagner, L., & Reedman, L. (2010). Modeling the deployment of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and their effects on the Australian national electricity market. In 2010 IEEE Conference on Innovative Technologies for an Efficient and Reliable Electricity Supply, CITRES 2010 (pp. 165-170). IEEE.
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    2009 Wagner, L. D., Liebman, A., Froome, C., & Foster, J. (2009). Forecasting the long term emissions intensity factor for electricity markets: an Australian case study. In 10th IAEE European Conference, Vienna, Austria, 7 - 10 September 2009.. International Association of Energy Economics.
    2009 Froome, C., & Wagner, L. D. (2009). Designing solar feed-in tariffs for Australia: lessons learnt from Europe. In 10th IAEE European Conference, Vienna, Austria 7 - 10 September 2009. International Association of Energy Economics.
    2009 Wagner, L. D., Liebman, A., & Foster, J. (2009). Examining the future of nature gas usage in the Australian National Electricity Market. In 32nd International Conference of the International Energy Economics Association, San Francisco, CA USA 21-24th June 2009. International Association of Energy Economics.
    2008 Wagner, L. D., & Reedman, L. (2008). Estimating Grid Impacts from the Deployment of Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles: Results for South-East Queensland. In 2nd Asian Conference of IAEE, Perth November 2008. International Association of Energy Economics.
    2005 Wagner, L. D., J R, L., P S, I., W P, J., & K, D. (2005). The construction of Pre-monoidal Categories Associated with Representations of Finite Groups and their Quantum Doubles. In Quantum Field Theory and its Ramifications, Hobart Dec 2005.
    2004 Wagner, L., & Links, J. (2004). Hermitian Structures in Braided Pre-monoidal Categories. In XXV ICGTMP (Group 25), Mexico 2004. Institute of Physics, London..
    2003 Wagner, L. D., & Possingham, H. (2003). Marine reserve design and optimal inter-reserve distance. In International Congress of Industrial & Applied Mathematics Vol. 1 (pp. 228). ICIAM.
    2003 Wagner, L. D. (2003). Alternating offer games and private rulings of the Australian Tax Office. In International Congress of Industrial & Applied Mathematics Vol. 1 (pp. 207). ICIAM.
    2003 McDonald, S., & Wagner, L. (2003). Using simulated annealing to calculate the trembles of trembling hand perfection. In 2003 Congress on Evolutionary Computation, CEC 2003 - Proceedings Vol. 4 (pp. 2482-2489). Canberra, AUSTRALIA: IEEE.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2019 Chai, A., Bonner, S., Tennet, S., Ratnasiri, S., Wagner, L., & others. (2019). Developing an Energy Poverty Index for Queensland.
    2017 Foster, J., Wagner, L., & Liebman, A. (2017). Economic and investment models for future grids.
    2017 Foster, J., Wagner, L., & Liebman, A. (2017). Economic and investment models for future grids: Final Report Project 3.
    2015 Bratanova, A., Robinson, J., & Wagner, L. (2015). Modification of the LCOE model to estimate a cost of heat and power generation for Russia.
    2014 Foster, J., Liebman, A., & Wagner, L. (2014). Deliverable 3: Cluster Scenarios and Relationship with the CSIRO Future Grid Forum.
    2014 Foster, J., Wagner, L., & Byrnes, L. (2014). A Review of Distributed Generation for Rural and Remote Area Electrification. Energy Economics & Management Group Working Papers.
    2014 Foster, J., & Wagner, L. (2014). International experience with transformations in electricity markets: A Short Literature Review. Energy Economics & Management Group Working Papers.
    2013 Institute, G. C. (2013). Delivering a Competitive Australian Power System. Part 2: The challenges, the scenarios. School of Economics, University of Queensland,.
    2013 Institute, G. C. (2013). Delivering a Competitive Australian Power System Part 3: A better way to competitive power in 2035. School of Economics, University of Queensland,.
    2013 Foster, J., Liebman, A., & Wagner, L. (2013). Future Grid Scenarios.
    2013 Foster, J., Wagner, L., & Byrnes, M. L. (2013). CSIRO Future Grid Flagship Cluster Project 3: Economic and investment models for future grids.
    2013 Foster, J., & Wagner, L. (2013). CSIRO Future Grid Flagship Cluster Project 3: Economic and investment models for future grids.
    2011 Foster, J., Wagner, L., Wild, P., Zhao, J., Skoofa, L., Froome, C., & others. (2011). Market and Economic Modelling of the Intelligent Grid: End of Year Report 2009. School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
    2011 Foster, J., Wagner, L., Wild, P., Froome, C., Bell, W. P., & Zhao, J. (2011). Intellegent Grid Research Cluster-Project 2: marketing and economic modelling of the impacts of distributed generation. The University of Queensland, School of Economics.
    2011 Ball, B., Ehmann, B., Foster, J., Froome, C., Hoegh-Guldberg, O., Meredith, P., . . . others. (2011). Delivering a Competitive Australian Power System. Part 1: Australia’s Global Position. School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
    2011 Foster, J., Wagner, L., Wild, P., Bell, W. P., Zhao, J., & Froome, C. (2011). Market and economic modelling of the intelligent grid: interim report.
    2011 Foster, J., Wagner, L., Wild, P., Bell, W. P., Zhao, J., & Froome, C. (2011). CSIRO Intelligent Grid Cluster: Milestones 7 & 8 Combined Report..
    2011 Foster, J., Wagner, L., Wild, P., Bell, W. P., Zhao, J., & Froome, C. (2011). Final Report: Market and Economic Modelling of the Intelligent Grid.
    2011 Barry, B., Bertram, E., Craig, F., John, F., Liam, W., Lynette, M., . . . others. (2011). Delivering a Competitive Australian Power System. Part 1: Australia’s Global Position.
    2011 Foster, J., Wagner, L., Wild, P., Bell, P., Zhao, J., & Froome, M. C. (2011). CSIRO Intelligent Grid Cluster April 2011.
    2011 Foster, J., Wagner, L., Wild, P., Bell, W. P., Zhao, J., & Froome, C. (2011). Market and economic modelling of the impact of distributed generation.
    2011 Foster, J., Wagner, L., Wild, P., Zhao, J., Skoofa, L., & Froome, C. (2011). Market and Economic Modelling of the Intelligent Grid: End of Year Report 2009. School of Economics, University of Queensland, Australia.
    2010 Foster, J., Wagner, L., Wild, P., Zhao, J., Skoufa, L., Froome, M. C., & Liebman, A. (2010). CSIRO Intelligent Grid Cluster End of Year Final Report July 2010.
    2009 Wagner, L. D. (2009). The effects of large scale deployment of distributed generation on the national electricity market (16018). University of Queensland.
    2009 Foster, J., Wagner, L., Wild, P., Zhao, J., Skoufa, L., & Froome, C. (2009). CSIRO Intelligent Grid Cluster End of Year Final Report August 2009.
    2009 Foster, J., Wagner, L., & Liebman, A. (2009). CSIRO Intelligent Grid Cluster Interim Report 1 January 2009. 2009..
    Wagner, L., & Foster, J. (n.d.). Can renewable energy energise remote Australian communities?.
    Foster, J., & Wagner, L. (n.d.). Market and Economic Modelling of the Intelligent Grid: End of Year Report 2009. 2011.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2008 Wagner, L. (2008). On The Construction of Braided Pre-monoidal Nonassociative Categories. (PhD Thesis).
    2002 Wagner, L. (2002). Algebro-Geometric Attack Methods in Elliptic Curve Cryptography. (Undergraduate Dissertation).
    2001 Wagner, L. (2001). Efficient Decoding Methods in Goppa Codes based on Klein Curves. (Undergraduate Dissertation).
  • Working Paper

    Year Citation
    2016 Molyneaux, L., Brown, C., Wagner, L., & Foster, J. (2016). Measuring resilience in electricity generation: An empirical analysis.
    2016 Molyneaux, L., Brown, C., Foster, J., & Wagner, L. (2016). Resilience, coal and the macroeconomy.
    2015 Bratanova, A., Robinson, J., Wagner, L., Kolegov, V., Nikitchenko, A., & Nikitchenko, A. (2015). Multiple criteria analysis of policy alternatives to improve energy efficiency in industry in Russia..
    2015 Molyneaux, L., Brown, C., Foster, J., & Wagner, L. (2015). Measuring resilience to energy shocks.
    2014 Foster, J., Wagner, L., & Bratanova, A. (2014). LCOE models: A comparison of the theoretical frameworks and key assumptions. Energy Economics & Management Group Working Papers.
    2014 Wagner, L. (2014). ATESHGAH: A Mixed Complementarity model of the Eastern Australian Domestic Natural Gas Market.
    2013 Wagner, L., Ross, I., Foster, J., & Hankamer, B. (2013). Tracking global fuel supply, CO2 emissions and sustainable development. Energy Economics & Management Group Working Papers.
    2013 Bratanova, A., Robinson, J., & Wagner, L. (2013). New Technology Adoption for Russian Regional Energy Generation: Moscow Case Study. Energy Economics & Management Group Working Papers.
    2013 Mueller, J. -J., & Wagner, L. (2013). The Devil’s Tears from the Tournament of Shadows: Oil Supply, Markets and Unstable Producers. Energy Economics & Management Group Working Papers.
    2013 McDonald, S., & Wagner, L. (2013). A Stochastic Search Algorithm for the Computation of Perfect and Proper Equilibria. School of Economics, The University of Queensland.
    2013 Bratanova, A., Robinson, J., & Wagner, L. (2013). New technology adoption for Russian regional energy generation. School of Economics, The University of Queensland.
    2012 Bratanova, A., Robinson, J., & Wagner, L. (2012). Energy Cost Modelling of New Technology Adoption for Russian Regional Po31st USAEE/IAEE North American Conference, Austin, Texas, USAwer and Heat Generation. Intl Assn For Energy Econ..
    2012 Bratanova, A., Robinson, J., & Wagner, L. (2012). Energy cost modelling of new technology adoption for Russian regional power and heat generation. Energy Economics & Management Group Working Papers.
    2012 Foster, J., Bell, W. P., Froome, C., Wild, P., Wagner, L., Sharma, D., . . . Bagia, R. (2012). Institutional adaptability to redress electricity infrastructure vulnerability due to climate change.
    2012 Wagner, L., Molyneaux, L., & Foster, J. (2012). Magnifying uncertainty: the impact of a shift to gas under a carbon price.
    2012 Hamshere, P., & Wagner, L. (2012). Potential Impacts of Subprime Carbon on Australia’s Impending Carbon Market. School of Economics, The University of Queensland.
    2011 Wagner, L., Foster, J., & others. (2011). Is There an Optimal Entry Time for Carbon Capture and Storage? A Case Study for Australia’s National Electricity Market.
    2010 McDonald, S., & Wagner, L. (2010). The Computation of Perfect and Proper Equilibrium for Finite Games via Simulated Annealing.
    2010 Molyneaux, L., Foster, J., Wagner, L., & others. (2010). Is there a more effective way to reduce carbon emissions?.
    2008 Wagner, L., Quiggin, J., & Adamson, D. (2008). Opportunity costs of restoring environmental flows to the Snowy River. Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland.
    2004 Mcdonald, S., & Wagner, L. (2004). Boltzmann Games. Citeseer.
    2003 Wagner, L., & Possingham, H. (2003). Marine Reserve Design and Optimal Inter-Reserve Distance Spacing.
    2003 McDonald, S., & Wagner, L. (2003). Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods to Calculate the Trembles of Trembling Hand Perfection.
    2003 Wagner, L., & McDonald, S. (2003). Finding Traitors in Secure Networks Using Byzantine Agreements.
    2003 Wagner, L. (2003). Byzantine Agreements in Secure Communication.
    2003 Stuart, M., & Liam, W. (2003). Using Simulated Annealing to Calculate the Trembles of Trembling Hand Perfection.
    Wagner, L., Quiggin, J., & Adamson, D. (n.d.). Risk & Sustainable Management Group.
    Wagner, L. D., Links, J., Isaac, P. S., Joyce, W. P., & Dancer, K. A. (n.d.). Premonoidal categories associated with representations of finite groups
    and their quantum doubles
    .
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2017 Jotzo, F., Wagner, L., & others. (2017). Finkel review hedges its bets. Control Publications.
  • ARENA “Cost Effective Renewable Hydrogen through Materials, Modelling and Process Innovation" CI’s Ian D. R. Mackinnon, Evan Gray, Mahnaz SHAFIEI, Masakazu SUGIYAMA, Alexander S. Beliaev, Ian O’Hara, Anthony P. O’Mullane, Jose A Alarco, Peter C. Talbot, Graeme J. Millar, Liam Wagner, Colin J Webb (2018-2021, $3.35Million)
  • ARC, Discovery Grant, DP160102570, “Transition to Customer Response driven Networks", Chief Investigator, CI’s Gerard Ledwich, Liam Wagner, Ali Arefi (2016 to 2019, $390,000)
  • CSIRO Flagship Collaborative Research Program Cluster, “Future Grid Cluster: Economic and Investment Models for Future Grids", CI’s John Foster and Liam Wagner (2013-2017 $667,564)
  • NCCARF: Climate Change Adaption Research Grant “Analysis of institutional adaptability to redress electricity infrastructure vulnerability due to climate change", NCCARF, CI’s John Foster, Liam Wagner and Craig Froome (2011-2013, $205,700)
  • “Modelling energy poverty & vulnerability in Australia: A big data approach”. Department of Natural Resources Mines and Energy, Queensland Government (2018, $70,000)
  • “Economic Modelling Platform for Domestics Energy Markets", Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, (now known as the Department of Industry), Chief Investigator (2013, $71,500)
  • “The effects of large scale deployment of distributed generation on the national electricity market", the CSIRO (2009, $49,000)
  • UQ Early Career Researcher Award Grant, University of Queensland, Chief Investigator (2014, $20,000)
  • UQ ResTeach, Research and Teaching awarded 5 times by DVC-Academic (2009-10; 2011; 2012; 2013; and 2014, $93,200)
  • UQ Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, “Modelling Current Issues Which Affect the National Electricity Market", Chief Investigator (2008-2010, $220,000)
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2003 - ongoing Member IEEE United States
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2013 - 2015 Board Member Journal of Modern Power Systems and Clean Energy Springer Verlag Germany
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83132509
  • Email: liam.wagner@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10, floor 6
  • Room: 6 26
  • Org Unit: Centre for Global Food and Resources

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