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Agri-food supply and value chains are important for regional Australia’s economy since Australia produces a variety of agri-food products such as meats, seafood, grains, legumes, and horticulture products, which are distributed to domestic and international markets. Understanding the structure and processes of supply chains offers stakeholders such as producers, industry associations, and government the opportunity to identify issues and opportunities linked to the distribution network of agri-food products. The Supply and Value Chains research theme helps to create new knowledge, synergies and direction of food systems supply chains in relationship building, value creation, risks identification and measuring inefficiencies. Moreover, this theme will offer in-depth research, innovation, and development in supply chain collaboration at both horizontal and vertical enterprise levels as well as across state, national and international dimensions.

Key areas of research and activities include:

  • Agricultural supply and value chain
  • Resilient supply chain management
  • Global value chain design and optimisation
  • Transport, freight, and logistics services
  • Supply chain policy development

Key capabilities include:

  • Supply chain collaboration modelling
  • Agri-food value chain analysis
  • Transport, logistics and service optimization analysis
  • Decision support system development
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Associate Professor Delwar Akbar is a regional economist and research leader in supply and value chain research, who has been working with rural and regional industries and businesses to improve their productivity and sustainability. His research during the last decade has focused predominantly on rural and regional economics, value chain analysis, property and health economics, economic impact assessment and regional development. Along with other researchers, he has received significant levels of funding support (approx. $5.5 million) through Category 1-4 grants.  He has integrated economic models with supply chain, services and planning models. Recently, he has been developing and testing collaborative business models that could bolster rural economic dynamics and international trade. Over his academic career, he has been involved with more than 60 research and consultancy projects, and published over 110 refereed papers and project reports.


FinTechs: Friends or Foes? Perspectives of Australian accountants and financial advisers

Lead Chief Investigator - Dr Tasadduq Imam

Enhancing Foodbank's Stakeholder Engagement

Lead Chief Investigator - Dr Upamali Amarakoon

Supply chain and market incentives for water quality

Lead Chief Investigator - Professor John Rolfe

Under Development


Under development



Sabrina Haque

Developing an Efficient Export Supply Chain for Queensland’s Perishable Agricultural Commodities. (Dr Azad Rahman, A/Prof Delwar Akbar & Prof Susan Kinnear)

Mathias Makozhombwe

How to drive successful Lean transformation in Australian mining operations. (Dr Tage Andersson & Dr Vanita Yadav)

Pawandeep Pawandeep

Pathways and Experiences of Women on Government Boards - a Regional Queensland Perspective. (Dr Imran Ali & Dr See Kuik)

Josephine Buckman

Supermarkets as superheroes to fight food waste in Australian households. (Prof David Pearson, Gami Karunasena & Dr Jayanath Ananda)

Somu Bhattacharya

The Role of Digital Technologies in Disrupting Mango Value Chain. (Dr Imran Ali & Prof Kerry Walsh)

Maybelle Arago

Modelling and Optimisation of an Integrated Manufacturing-distribution Plan in Multi-echelon Supply Chains. (Dr Swee Kuik & Dr Tage Andersson)

Nimeshika Aloysius

Influence of In-Store Retail Environment and Customer Behaviour towards Suboptimal Food in Reducing Household Food Waste. (Dr Ann Mitsis & Dr Jayanath Ananda)

Gillian Walker

Developing an innovative Business Model for the Sustainability of Small-Scale Dairy Farmers in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. (Dr Azad Rahman, A/Prof Delwar Akbar & Dr Vanita Yadav)

Jannatul Ferdous

Impacts of COVID -19 Pandemic on Supply Chain Management (SCM) for Medical Products in Regional Queensland, Australia. (A/Prof Delwar Akbar, A/Prof Gulam Khandaker & Dr Rahat Hossain)

Bajjet Naresho

Impact of collaboration on agro-supply chains: a mediating role of commitment and transaction cost management. (A/Prof Delwar Akbar & Dr Imran Ali)

Huy Minh Phan

Industry 4.0 Technologies and Sustainable Warehousing. (Dr Imran Ali & Dr Swee Kuik)


Associate Professor Delwar Akbar - Director, CRESC

Bruce Highway
Rockhampton North
QLD 4701
Tel:  (07) 4923 2316