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Dr Adam Loch
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Dr Adam Loch is a Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow at the University of Adelaide. Prior to moving to South Australia Adam spent 10 years as a cotton grower and advocate for irrigators in Queensland and currently researches topics such as irrigator decision-making, water markets and institutional reform, transaction costs, and reallocation policy/program effectiveness.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) from Bond University, a Master of Marketing (M.Mkt) from Griffith University, a Master of Business (M.Bus) from Central Queensland University and a Ph.D from UniSA. He is the current President of the South Australian branch of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES-SA), and a member of several professional associations including the American Agricultural and Applied Economics Society (AAEA), the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EERE) and the Economics Society of Australia (EcoSoc).
B. Commerce, Bond University - 1994
M.Mkt. Griffith University - 2000
M.Bus. Central Queensland University - 2003
Ph.D University of South Australia - 2012
Awards & Achievements
2014: UniSA Business School Top Early Career Researcher
Achievement in Research Excellence Award
2013: Early Career Travel Award [to visit the Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta, Canada]
2012: Ian Davey Research Thesis/UniSA Business School Best Thesis Prizes
Irrigation and farmer decision making
Climate change adaptation
Transaction cost economics
2017 EU Centre for Global Affairs Annual Grant Program [$16,800] "Building lasting collaborative arrangements on water scarcity management between Australia and the EU". Project with Dr David Adamson (UQ) and Dr Dioni Perez-Blanco (FEEM Italy).
2015-17 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) Award [DE150100328 - $374,000]: "Minimising transaction costs in Murray-Darling Basin water reform".
2016 Australian National Commission for UNESCO funding [$20,000] to explore a water market readiness framework in the United States, Spain, New Zealand and China (with Assoc Prof Sarah Wheeler, Dr Alec Zuo and Prof Mike Young).
2015 University of South Australia Research Themes for Development Investment Funding [$35,000] for post-graduate scholarship support to explore ‘Can we ‘nudge’ consumer choices toward healthier locally produced food in supermarkets’ (in conjunction with Dr Svetlana Bogomolova, Prof Jon Buckley, Prof Larry Lockshin, Dr Herb Sorensen and Mr Graeme Longmuir).
2014-16 Australian Research Council Discovery Grant award [DP140103946 - $172,000]: "Transitioning to a water secure future". Project with Dr Sarah Wheeler, Dr Dustin Garrick, Prof Peter Boxall, Prof Vic Adamowicz, Dr Alec Zuo and Prof Henning Bjornlund.
2012 National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Grant [SD11/16 - $200,000]: "Water trade, climate change and irrigator adaptability in the Murray-Darling Basin". Project with Dr. Sarah Wheeler.
Loch, A. and Adamson, D. 2015, Drought and the rebound effect: a Murray-Darling example, Natural Hazards, 79(3), 1429-1449.
Reardon-Smith, K. Mushtaq, S. Farley, H. Cliffe, N. Stone, R. Ostini, J. Doyle, J. Martin, N. Loch, A. Maraseni, T. Marcussen, T. & Lindesay, J. 2015, 'Virtual decisions to support climate change risk decision making on farms', Journal of Economic and Social Policy, vol. 17(2), article 7.
Wheeler, S. Zuo, A. and Loch, A. 2015, Watering the farm: comparing organic and conventional water-use in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia, Ecological Economics, vol. 112, pp. 78-85.
Reardon-Smith, K, Farley, H, Cliffe, N, Mushtaq, S, Stone, R, Doyle, J, Martin, N, Ostini, J, Maraseni, T, Loch, A & Lindesay, J 2014, The development of virtual world tools to enhance learning and real world decision making in the Australian sugar farming industry, International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, vol. 7(3), pp. 17-23.
Adamson, D. and Loch, A. 2014 Possible negative feedbacks from ‘gold-plating’ irrigation infrastructure”, Agricultural Water Management, vol. 145, pp. 134-144.
Loch, A. Adamson, D. and Mallawaarachchi, T. 2014 Role of hydrology and economics in water management policy under uncertainty, Journal of Hydrology, vol. 518 (Part A), pp. 5-16.
Wheeler, S. Loch, A. Zuo A. & Bjornlund, H. 2014 Reviewing the adoption and impact of water markets in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia, Journal of Hydrology, vol. 518 (Part A), pp. 28-41.
Loch, A., Wheeler, S., Boxall, P., Hatton-MacDonald, D., Adamowicz, W. and Bjornlund, H. 2014. “Irrigator budget preferences for water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin”, Land Use Policy, vol. 36(1), pp. 396-404.
Connor, J. Franklin, B. Loch, A. Kirby, M. and Wheeler, S. 2013. Trading water to improve environmental flow outcomes, Water Resources Research, vol. 49(7), pp. 4265-4276.
Wheeler, S., Garrick, D., Loch, A. & Bjornlund, H. 2013, Evaluating water market products to acquire water for the environment in Australia, Land Use Policy, vol. 30(1), pp. 427-436.
Loch, A. Bjornlund, H. Wheeler, S. and Connor, J. 2012, Water allocation trade in Australia: a qualitative understanding of irrigator motives and behaviour, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, vol. 56(1), pp. 42-60.
Loch, A. Bjornlund, H. & McIver, R. 2011, Achieving targeted environmental flows: Alternative allocation and trading models under scarce supply conditions with lessons from Australia, Environment & Planning C: Government & Policy, vol. 29(4), pp. 745 to 760.
Loch, A. Bjornlund, H. and Kuehne, G. 2010, Water trade alternatives in the face of climate change, Management of Environmental Quality Journal, vol. 21(2), pp. 226 to 236.
Loch, A. Wheeler, S. Beecham, S. Edwards, J. Bjornlund, H. Zuo A. and Shanahan, M. 2013, The role of water markets in climate change adaptation, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 126 pp. ISBN: 978-1-925039-01-6.
Kuehne, G. Bjornlund, H and Loch, A. 2010, Why do farmers make non-profit decisions? Investigating decisions made during drought, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Canberra, 130 pp. ISBN:978-1-74254-046-7.
Wheeler, S Bark, R Loch, A and Connor J, 2015 ‘Agricultural water management’, in: Dinar, A and Schwabe, K (Eds.), Handbook of Water Economics, Edward Edgar Publishing, pp. 71-86.
Wheeler, S, Loch, A & Edwards, J 2015, 'The role of water markets in helping irrigators adapt to water scarcity in the Murray–Darling Basin, Australia', in Palutikof, JP, Boulter, SL, Barnett, J & Rissik, D (eds),Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation, Wiley Blackwell, West Sussex, pp. 166-174.
Wheeler, S. Bjornlund, H. and Loch, A. 2014, Water trading in Australia: Tracing its' development and impact over the past three decades. In K.W. Easter and Q. Huang (eds.), Water Markets for the 21st Century: What have we learned?, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 179-202.
Loch, A. Wheeler, S. and Adamson, D. 2014 People versus place in Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin: Balancing economic, social-ecosystem and community outcomes. In Squires, V. Milner, H. and Daniell, K. (eds.), River basin management in the 21st Century: Understanding people and place, CRC Press, Boca Raton, pp. 275-303.
Loch, A. 2014 Resilience in rural irrigation communities: requisite or redundant? In Giannino M. (ed.), Water management: Sustainable strategies, challenges and potential impacts on irrigation, Nova Scientific Publishing, New York, pp. 225-248.
Loch, A. & McIver, R. 2013. The Murray-Darling Basin plan and public policy failure: a transaction costs analysis. In Bjornlund, H., Brebbia, C. & Wheeler, S. (eds.), Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage: Management, Technologies and Policies, WITPress, Southampton, pp. 481-494.
Loch, A and Bjornlund, H. 2010 Trade Influences in Australian Allocation Market: Can Allocations Provide Environmental Water, in Brebbia, C., Marinov, A. and Bjornlund, H.(eds), Sustainable Irrigation III, Transaction on Ecology and the Environment, WITPress, Southampton, pp. 227-239.
Rolfe, J. Loch, A. and Bennett, J. 2006, Testing benefit transfer with water resources in Central Queensland, Australia, in Choice Modelling and the Transfer of Environmental Values, Rolfe, J. and Bennett, J. (eds), Edward Elgar New Horizons in Environmental Economics, Cheltenham UK, pp.112-135.
Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society (AARES)
Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE)
European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE)
Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)
Economics Society of Australia
International Water Resources Association (IWRA)
Organisation Name: Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society - SA Branch
Level of involvement: President
Year from: 2014 to present
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