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Associate Professor Sarah Wheeler
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Sarah is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow with Global Food Studies at the University of Adelaide. She graduated with her PhD in 2007, and has over 85 peer-reviewed publications in the research areas of irrigated farming, organic farming, water markets, water scarcity, crime and gambling.
PhD Economics - University of South Australia (2007)
Bachelor Economics (Hons) - University of Adelaide (1996)
Environmental and Agricultural Economics
* 2015-2016 Loch, Wheeler, Young, Zuo UNESCO: Developing a water market readiness framework
* 2014-2018 Wheeler: ARC Future Fellow Adapting for an uncertain
future: farmer behaviour in water-stressed basins
Bjornlund, H.; Brebbia, C. and Wheeler, S. Eds. (2013) Sustainable Irrigation Management Technology and Policies IV, WITPress, Southampton.
Loch A, Wheeler S, Bjornlund H, Beecham S, Edwards J, Zuo A & 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.
ii. Refereed Journal Articles
Zuo A., Wheeler S., Boxall P., Adamowicz V., Hatton-MacDonald D. (forthcoming) “Measuring price elasticities of demand and supply of water entitlements based on stated and revealed preference data”, American Journal of Agricultural Economics
Grafton R.Q, Horne J., Wheeler S. (forthcoming) "On the Marketisation of Water: Evidence from the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia", Water Resources Management
Zuo A, Wheeler S, Edwards J (forthcoming) "Understanding and encouraging greater nature engagement in Australia: results from a national survey", Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Haensch J., Wheeler S., Zuo A, Bjornlund H (forthcoming) “The impact of water and soil salinity on water market trading in the southern Murray Darling Basin”, Water Economics and Policy.
Wheeler S., Zuo A., Loch A. (2015) “Watering the farm: Comparing irrigated organic and conventional farm water use in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia”, Ecological Economics, 112, 78-85.
Zuo A., Wheeler S., Adamowicz V., Boxall P, Hatton-MacDonald D. (2015) "Identifying water prices at which Australian farmers will exit irrigation: results of a stated preference survey",Economic Record
Zuo A., Nauges C., Wheeler S. (2015) “Farmers’ exposure to risk and their temporary water trading”, European Review of Agricultural Economics, 42(1): 1-24
Wheeler S. (2014) "Insights, lessons and benefits from improved regional water security and integration in Australia”, Water Resources and Economics, 8, 57-78.
Zuo A., Brooks R., Wheeler S, Harris E., Bjornlund H. (2014) ‘Understanding Irrigator Bidding Behavior in Australian Water Markets in Response to Uncertainty', Water 6, 3457-3477
Wheeler S., Zuo A., Bjornlund H. (2014) "Investigating the delayed on-farm consequences of selling water entitlements in the Murray-Darling Basin" Agricultural Water Management, 145, 72-82
Bjornlund H., Xu W., Wheeler S. (2014) “An overview of water sharing and participation issues for irrigators and their communities in Alberta: Implications for water policy”, Agricultural Water Management, 145, 171-180
Bjornlund H., Wheeler S. (2014) “Exploring some of the socio-economic realities of sustainable water management in irrigation: an overview”, Agricultural Water Management, 145, 1-4
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, 518, 28-41
Wheeler S., Zuo A., Hughes N. (2014) "The impact of water ownership and water market trade strategy on Australian irrigators’ farm viability" Agricultural Systems, 129, 81–92.
Loch A., Wheeler S., Boxall P, Hatton-MacDonald D, Adamowicz V. Bjornlund H (2014) ‘Irrigator preferences for Water for the Future budget expenditure’, Land Use Policy, 36, 396-404
Wheeler S, Zuo A., Bjornlund H (2014) "Australian irrigators’ recognition of the need for more environmental water flows and intentions to donate water allocations", Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 57, 104-122
Crisp, P., Baker, G., Wheeler, S. (2014) “Agronomic and sustainability outcomes from compost application in South Australian citrus orchards”, Acta Horticulturae, 1018, 457-464
Wheeler S, Cheesman J. (2013) "Key findings from a Survey of Sellers to the Restoring the Balance program", Economic Papers, 32, pp. 340-352
Connor J, Franklin B, Loch A, Kirby M, Wheeler S. (2013) "Trading water to improve environmental flow outcomes" Water Resources Research, 49, 4265-4276
Lane-Miller C., Wheeler S., Bjornlund H., Connor J. (2013) "Acquiring Water for the Environment: Lessons from Natural Resources Management", Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 15, 513-532
Bjornlund H, Zuo, A, Wheeler S, Xu W, Edwards J. (2013) "Policy preferences for water sharing in Alberta", Water Resources and Economics 1, 93-110
Wheeler S, Zuo A and Bjornlund H (2013) "Farmers’ climate change beliefs and adaptation strategies for a water scarce future in Australia", Global Environmental Change, 23, 537-547
Wheeler S, Garrick D, Loch A, and Bjornlund H (2013) "Evaluating water market products to acquire water for the environment in Australia", Land Use Policy, 30, 427–436
Wheeler, S., Bjornlund, H., Zuo A. and Edwards J. (2012). "Handing down the farm? The increasing uncertainty of irrigated farm succession in Australia", Journal of Rural Studies, 28, 266-275
Wheeler, S., Zuo, A. Bjornlund, H. and Lane-Miller C. (2012). "Selling the farm silver? Understanding water sales to the Australian Government", Environmental and Resource Economics, 52, 133-154
Loch A, Bjornlund H, Wheeler S and Connor J. (2012) “Trading in allocation water in Australia: a qualitative understanding of irrigator motives and behaviour”, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics,56, pp. 42–60
Wheeler S. (2011) “A need to wipe the slate clean? A review of organic farming policy in Australia’, Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Vol. 35 (8), 885-913
Wheeler S. and Crisp P. (2011) "Going organic in viticulture: a case study comparison in Clare Valley, South Australia" Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 18, 182-198
Bjornlund, H., Wheeler, S. (2011) “Water scarcity - Desperate solutions - Balancing the needs”,Water and Energy International, 68, 48-54
Morrison M, Wheeler S. and Hatton-MacDonald D.(2011) "Towards a more nuanced discussion of the net benefits of sharing water in the Murray-Darling Basin", Australian Farm Business Management Journal, 8 (2) 27-38
Wheeler S., Round R. and Wilson J. (2011) "The Relationship between Crime and Electronic Gaming Expenditure: Evidence from Victoria, Australia" Journal of Quantitative Criminology.27 (3), 315-338
Wheeler S., Bjornlund H., Zuo A. and Shanahan M. A. (2010) "The changing profile of water traders in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District, Australia". Agricultural Water Management, 96, 121-131.
Wheeler S., Bjornlund H., Shanahan M. and Zuo A. (2009) "Who trades water? Evidence of the characteristics of early adopters in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District 1998-99". Agricultural Economics, Vol. 40, pp 631-643.
Wheeler S. (2009) “Exploring the Influences on Australian Agricultural Professionals' Genetic Engineering Beliefs: An Empirical Analysis", Journal of Technology Transfer, Vol. 34, pp.422-439
Wheeler S., Round D., Sarre R. and O’Neil M. (2008) “The Influence of Gaming Expenditure on Crime Rates in South Australia: A Local Area Empirical Investigation”, Journal of Gambling Studies, Vol. 24 pp. 1-24.
Wheeler S. (2008) “What Influences Agricultural Professionals' Views towards Organic Agriculture?” Ecological Economics, Vol. 65, pp. 145-154.
Hajkowicz S. and Wheeler S. (2008) "Evaluation of Dairy Effluent Management Options Using Multiple Criteria Analysis", Environmental Management, Vol. 41, pp. 613-624.
Wheeler S., Bjornlund H., Shanahan M. and Zuo A. (2008) “Price Elasticity of Allocations Water Demand in the Goulburn-Murray Irrigation District of Victoria, Australia”, Australian Journal of Agricultural Resource Economics, Vol. 52, pp. 37-55.
Wheeler S. (2008) “Barriers to the Adoption of Organic Farming and Genetic Engineering in Australia: Views of Agricultural Professionals”, Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, Vol. 23 pp. 161-170.
Wheeler S. (2008) “Exploring Professional Attitudes Towards Organic Farming, Genetic Engineering, Agricultural Sustainability And Research Issues In Australia”, Journal of Organic Systems, Vol. 3 pp. 37-56.
Wheeler S. (2007) “Contrasting the beliefs of Australian agricultural professionals about the benefits and costs of genetic engineering and organic agriculture”, Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, Vol. 47, pp. 1389–1396.
Wheeler S. and Damania R. (2001) “Valuing New Zealand Recreational Fishing and an Assessment of the Validity of the Contingent Valuation Estimates”, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Vol. 45 pp. 599-621.
ii. Book Chapters
Wheeler S. (forthcoming) “Water Markets in the Murray-Darling Basin”, in Griffin R. Water Resource Economics: The Analysis of Scarcity, Policies, and Projects, The MIT Press, 2nd Version.
Wheeler S. Schoengold K., Bjornlund H. (forthcoming) “Lessons to be learned from groundwater trading in Australia and the United States”, Jakeman T., Ross A. (eds) Groundwater, Springer.
Settre C., S. Wheeler (forthcoming) “Acquiring Water and Trade”, in Avril Horne, Angus Webb, Michael Stewardson, Brian Richter and Mike Acreman (eds) Water for the environment: Policy, Science, and Integrated Management, Elsevier
Settre C., S. Wheeler (2016) “Environmental Water Governance in the Murray-Darling Basin of Australia: The movement from regulation and engineering to economic-based instruments”, in G. Gregoriou and V. Ramiah (ed) Handbook of Environmental and Sustainable Finance, Elsevier New York.
Wheeler S., Rossini P., Bjornlund H., Spagnoletti S. (2016) “The returns to investing in water in Australia”, in G. Gregoriou and V. Ramiah (ed) Handbook of Environmental and Sustainable Finance, Elsevier New York.
Wheeler S., Bark R., Loch A., Connor J. (2015) “Agricultural Water Management”, in Ariel Dinar and Kurt Schwabe (eds) Handbook of Water Economics, Edward Elgar Publishing.
Grafton RQ. and Wheeler S. (2015) “Water Economics”, in R. Halvorsen, D. Layton (eds) Handbook on the Economics of Natural Resources, Edward Elgar Publishing.
Crase L, O’Keefe S., Wheeler S., Kinoshita Y. (2015) “Water Trading in Australia: Understanding the Role of Policy and Serendipity”, in Burnett K., Howitt R. and Roumasset J. (eds) Water Institutions and Economics Handbook, RFF/Routlage.
Wheeler S., Bjornlund H. and Loch A. (2014) “Water trading in Australia: Tracing its’ development and impact over the past three decades”, in K. William Easter and Qiuqiong Huang (eds) Water Markets for the 21st Century: What we have learned. Westview press.
Bjornlund H, Zuo, A., Wheeler S, Xu W. (2014) “Exploring the Reluctance to Embrace Water Markets in Alberta, Canada”, in K. William Easter and Qiuqiong Huang (eds) Water Markets for the 21st Century: What we have learned. Westview press.
Wheeler S. Loch A. Edwards J. (2014) “Water Market Participation and Adaptation for an uncertain water future in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia”, in J. Palutikof, S. Boulter, J. Barnett, D. Rissik (eds) Applied studies in climate adaptation. Wiley, Oxford.
Loch A, Wheeler S., Adamson D. (2014) “Lessons for managing water in the Murray-Darling Basin”, in Vic Squires, Katherine Daniell, Hugh Milner (eds) River Basin Management in the twenty-first century: People and Place, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 275-303
Bjornlund, H., Wheeler, S. and Rossini, P. (2013) "Water Markets and Their Environmental, Social and Economic Impact in Australia". In Maestu, J. Ed. Water Trading and Global Water Scarcity: International Perspectives. RFF Press/Taylor and Francis/Routledge
Wheeler S, Zuo A. and Bjornlund, H. (2013) "Selling Water for the Environment: How sustainable is it for Irrigators?”, Sustainable Irrigation Management Technology and Policies IV, WITPress, Southampton
Zuo A., Wheeler S, Bjornlund, H. and Shanahan M. (2013) "The association between farm management strategies and irrigators’ farm profits over time in the Murray-Darling Basin”,Sustainable Irrigation Management Technology and Policies IV, WITPress, Southampton.
Bjornlund H., Wheeler S., Cheesman J. (2011) “Irrigators, water trading, the environment, and debt: Perspectives and realities of buying water entitlements for the environment”, Basin Futures: Water reform in the Murray-Darling Basin, Grafton, Q. and D. Connell, eds. Australia National University Press, pp 291-302
Wheeler, S, Miller, C, Zuo, A & Bjornlund, H (2011), ‘Factor analysis identifying key values held by South Australian and Victorian irrigators in a time of severe drought, in Brebbia C and Popov V (eds) Water Resources Management VI, WITpress, UK, pp609-620
Zuo, A Wheeler, S, Bjornlund, H (2011), ‘Analysing the drivers of irrigator drought strategies in the Southern Murray-Darling Basin, in Brebbia C and Popov V (eds) Water Resources Management VI, WITpress, UK, pp597-607
Bjornlund, H, Zuo, A, Parrack C, Wheeler, S, and de Loe R (2011), ‘Water reallocation policies: public perceptions’, in Brebbia C and Popov V (eds) Water Resources Management VI, WITpress, UK, pp585-595
Wheeler, S, Bjornlund, H, Olsen T., Klein K., and Nicol L. (2010): Modelling the adoption of different types of irrigation water technology in Alberta, Canada. In Brebbia, Marinov and Bjornlund Eds. Sustainable Irrigation III, WITPress
Shanahan M., Wheeler S. and Bjornlund H. (2010) "Towards more sustainable irrigation: factors influencing allocation and entitlement prices and demand in the Goulburn Murray Irrigation District of Australia", in Bjornlund H. Ed. Incentives and Instruments for Sustainable Irrigation, Chapter 8.
Wheeler S. (2009) “The Paradigmatic Nature of Organic Farming: Exploring the Views of Agricultural Professionals towards Organic Farming and Genetic Engineering Further”, inOrganic Farming: Methods, Economics and Structure, Nova Science Publications, New York. This chapter was also reprinted (2010) in Organic Farming and Peanut Crops, Nova Science Publications, New York.
Wheeler S. (2008) “The Influence of Market and Agricultural Policy Signals on the Level of Organic Farming” in Organic Farming, ICFAI Research Centre, India.
AARES (Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society)
Food, Energy, Environment and Water Network (FE2W)
International Water Resource Economists Consortium
Centre for Water Economics and Policy, ANU
Centre for Water Policy and Management, La Trobe University
Independent Gambling Research Consortium, University of Adelaide
International Association of Agricultural Economists
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