BEST Presents: Agriculture and natural resources virtual workshop

Agriculture and natural resources are two of the most highly innovative industry sectors, yet there is often a lag in the uptake of new technologies with actors in the respective industries resistant to change. This workshop brought together a focus group of industry experts and behavioural scientists to discuss challenges and opportunities related to behaviours and decision-making in agriculture and natural resources.

The purpose of the workshop was to:

  1. share latest research being conducted by BEST and its partners and collaborators
  2. continue the discussion around the challenges facing agriculture and natural resources, and the role behavioural insights can play in resolving these issues
  3. receive industry feedback to help shape a proposal for an ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC).

The workshop program included:

  • Opening remarks & introductions to BEST | Prof. Uwe Dulleck (BEST) | View presentation
  • BEST Behaviour and decisions in agriculture and natural resources | A/Prof. Louisa Coglan (BEST) | View presentation
  • Potential for behavioural economics in agriculture | A/Prof. Marit Kragt (UWA) | View presentation
  • Understanding behaviour of recreational fishers to meet economic, social and ecological objectives | Ashley Fowler (Fisheries Research, NSW Department of Primary Industries) | View presentation
  • Innovative crops | Prof. Sagadevan Mundree (Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities) | View presentation
  • High interest but slow uptake of farmers to GPS track livestock, what’s holding them back? | Darren Wolchyn (Smartpaddock) | View presentation
  • Innovation and its uptake in agriculture and natural resources: examples from the Department of Environment and Science | Fiona McCartney (QLD Department of Environment and Science) | View presentation
  • Supply chain technology | Christian Ruberg (Meat & Livestock Australia) | View presentation
  • Imagining the future of fishing and aquaculture – FRDC R&D Plan 2020-2025 and role of behavioural insights | Matt Barwick (Research Portfolio Manager – Fisheries Research and Development Corporation) | View presentation
  • Concluding comments – ARC Training Centre | Prof. Uwe Dulleck (BEST) | View presentation


Location: Virtual (via zoom)
Start Date: 07/07/2020 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 4.00pm
End Time: 6.30pm
Organiser: BEST Centre