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Economics professor receives national recognition

Economics professor receives national recognition

Published:11 September 2017

Professor John Rolfe has been elected into the elite Academy of the Social Sciences Australia.

CQUniversity’s Professor John Rolfe has been elected into an elite Australian social sciences body, acknowledging his exemplary achievements in the field of economics.

Professor Rolfe this week became a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), becoming the first from CQUniversity to be recognised by the organisation.

Professor Rolfe is one of 46 new fellows elected from 18 discipline areas this year, contributing to the 637-strong fellowship.

As a resource economist, Professor Rolfe specialises in regional development; environmental, resource and agricultural economic issues; agricultural adoption; and economic impact assessment in regional areas.

Professor Rolfe has more than 115 refereed publications, a further 250 journal articles, conference papers and research reports, and more than 3600 citations in Google Scholar. He is a past Editor-in-Chief for a major applied economics journal, the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

In 2011, he was identified by Regional Development Australia as one of the most influential academics in Australia in regional development issues.

From 2012 he has been the Independent Chair of the Gladstone Regional Community Consultative Committee on the basis of his expertise in impact assessment, and since 2013 he has been a member of the Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership Science Panel as an expert in resource economics, moving to become the independent chair in 2016.

In 2012-2013 and again in 2016-17 he was one of the leaders of the Great Barrier Reef Science Consensus Statement, where he has been consolidating available knowledge on the economics and adoption of changed management practices in the pastoral and agricultural sectors in the relevant catchments.

ASSA nominees undergo a rigorous election process after being nominated by a minimum of three Academy fellows.

The Academy has a 75-year-old history of promoting excellence in the social sciences in Australia and contributes to public policy.