Sarah Wheeler

Professor Sarah Wheeler

Professor

Centre for Global Food and Resources

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Sarah is a Professor of Water Economics, and the Associate Director of Research of the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide. She graduated with her PhD in 2007, was an ARC Future Fellow (2014-2018) and has over 120 peer-reviewed publications in the research areas of irrigated farming, climate change, organic farming, water markets, water scarcity, crime and gambling.

She is currently President-Elect (2020) of the Australasian Agricultural Resource & Economics Society (AARES); an Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (AJARE); editor of Water Conservation Science and Engineering; and has been a past Associate Editor of Water Resources and Economics and a guest editor for a special issue of Agricultural Water Management.

Sarah was born on an irrigated dairy farm in NSW, and grew up on a dryland mixed farm at the top of the Great Dividing Range in the New England region. She has worked as an economist both nationally and internationally, in places such as Rural Solutions South Australia, ESCAP United Nations (Bangkok), Environment Agency (UK) and the South Australian Centre for Economic Studies.

  •  2018-19              Wheeler, Grafton, Zuo, Xu           NSW Health (through Sax Institute)     Evidence check of mental health of drought-affected communities
  • 2018-2019          Zuo, Wheeler, Umberger             Cwlth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources             Understanding parallel trade of Australian products to China
  • 2018-19              Wheeler, Crisp, Adamson, Smallridge     Meat and Livestock Australia          Evaluation of the Sterile Insect Technique for Sheep Blowfly Control
  • 2018-2025          Umberger, Wheeler et al.            Fed Government + industry + state govs      CRC for Food Waste
  • 2018-2019          Wheeler             Ian Potter and Myer Foundation Project  Expert panel advice on water nationwide project
  • 2018-2019          Jacobson, King Wheeler, et al.    ACIAR   Policy Drivers for Public-Private Partnerships in Pacific Organics: Improving Extension Policy through an Evidence-based approach
  • 2017-2019          Zuo, Wheeler, Umberger, Roberts           ACIAR              Challenges and opportunities for meeting requirements of China mango markets
  • 2017-2019           Umberger, Wheeler         DEWNR Funding for a split position between DEWNR and GFAR
  • 2017-2020           Pittock, Ramshaw, Stirzaker: Bjornlund, Wheeler et al. ACIAR    Stage II: Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and AIPs
  • 2017-2019           Crase, Wheeler, Cooper et al.      ACIAR    Efficient participatory irrigation institutions to support productive and sustainable agriculture in south Asia
  • 2017      Wheeler, Zuo, Haensch   Catholic Earthcare and Uniting Church      Literature review on initiatives in the Murray-Darling Basin that embody integral ecology
  • 2016      Wheeler, Zuo      UniSA, ACIAR      Africa project State I: Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and AIPs
  • 2016      Cleary, Wheeler,               RIRDC    Local to Global: Farmer Cooperation for High value Export Markets
  • 2016      Wheeler, Zuo, Loch          ACCC     Irrigator Farm Survey for southern MDB
  • 2016      Loch, Wheeler, Zuo, Young           UNESCO              Developing a Water Market Readiness Approach
  • 2015      Overton et al., Wheeler  Goyder  Developing a Decision Support System framework for SA
  • 2015      Wheeler and Gregg          Parrakie Wetlands            Valuing Parrakie Wetlands
  • 2014-2018           Wheeler               ARC Future Fellowship     Adapting for an uncertain future: farmer behaviour in water-stressed basins
  • 2015-2017           Bjornlund and Wheeler   ACIAR    Further support for: Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management & Agricultural Innovation Platforms
  • 2014-2016           Wheeler, Loch, Bjornlund, Garrick, Boxall, Adamowicz       ARC Discovery               Transitioning to a water secure future
  • 2014      Wheeler               United Nations, UNECE  Invited expert speaker at United Nations workshop on transboundary water issues in Geneva
  • 2014      Wheeler               Murray-Darling Basin Authority    Economic impacts of Basin water reforms on irrigated agriculture
  • 2014      Wheeler               CSIRO Land and Water    Water Values and Benefits
  • 2014      Wheeler               National Water Commission         Expert Advisor for the Commission
  • 2013      Wheeler, Zuo, Loch, Grafton        Federal Department Environment              Survey of Users of the National Pollutant Inventory
  • 2013      Wheeler               Government of Netherlands         Invited expert speaker at UNECE workshop on transboundary water issues in Amsterdam
  • 2013-2017           Pittock, Ramshaw, Grafton, Stirzaker, Bjornlund, Wheeler, Loch, Zuo, et al.        Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)–Cat. 1 Increasing irrigation water productivity in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe through on-farm monitoring, adaptive management and Agricultural Innovation Platforms: Stage I
  • 2013      Wheeler, Loch    National Water Commission         Expert Advisors for the Commission
  • 2013      Wheeler               National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility              Expert reviewer, keynote speaker at NCCARF’s launch at Federal parliament, and IPCC official reviewer on 5th Assessment report
  • 2011-2013           Wheeler, Bjornlund, Beecham, Shanahan, Zuo and Loch    National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility           Water Trade, Climate Change and Irrigator Adaptability in the Murray-Darling Basin
  • 2011-2012           Wheeler, Cheesman        Federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Populations & Communities Mid-term review of the Restoring the Balance program
  • 2009-2012           Wheeler, Bjornlund, Shanahan     ARC Linkage, MDBA, GMW, NSW DEW, DSE, Uni. Lethbridge        Improving water market outcomes through a better understanding of market behaviour

Water Security and Governance: AGRIBUS 7064

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Co-Supervisor Technology in Conservation Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Kylie Piper
    2018 Co-Supervisor Irrigation Agricultural Platform Outcomes in South Eastern Africa Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Fentahun Addis Abebe
    2018 Principal Supervisor River Murray Water Allocation Planning: Impacts of Water Policy Constraints, Environmental Water Trading and Changing Behaviours Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr James Fuller
    2018 Principal Supervisor Case Studies in the Social Licence to Operate in Australian Agriculture Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nikki Dumbrell
    2018 Principal Supervisor Evaluating the conversion of policies to desired program outcomes - lessons from water recovery programs in the Murray-Darling Basin Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Benjamin Mark Fee
    2017 Principal Supervisor Organic farming in Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Maksuda Mannaf
    2016 Principal Supervisor Impact of Institutional Change on Water Markets Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Constantin Seidl
    2015 Co-Supervisor The Effect of Climate Change on Farmer's Mental Health MOB Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Sahar Daghagh Yazd
    2015 Principal Supervisor Economic Evaluation in Resource Management Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr John Kandulu
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Exploring the Use of Water Markets for Improved Environmental Outcomes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Claire Maree Settre
    2015 - 2017 Principal 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
    2015 - 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
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  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Australasian Journal of Water Resources Australasian Journal of Water Resources Australia
    2015 - ongoing Organic Trust Australia - Research and Education
    2015 - ongoing Water Conservation Science and Engineering
    2014 - ongoing Economics
    2014 - ongoing Water Resources and Economics - Associate Editor
    2013 - ongoing Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics - Associate Editor
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2008 - ongoing Member Centre for Water Economics and Policy Australia
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83139130
  • Email: sarah.wheeler@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Nexus 10 Tower, floor 6
  • Org Unit: Centre for Global Food and Resources

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