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Researcher: Higgins, VJ (Professor Vaughan Higgins)

Fields of Research

Rural sociology
Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Sociology
Environmental sociology
Agricultural land management
Organisational planning and management
Organisation and management theory
Sustainable agricultural development
Agricultural systems analysis and modelling
Sociological methodology and research methods
Organisational behaviour
Oenology and viticulture
Agricultural economics
Aquaculture
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Agricultural spatial analysis and modelling
Agricultural marine biotechnology
Fish physiology and genetics
Business systems in context

Research Objectives

Expanding knowledge in human society
Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments
Institutional arrangements
Expanding knowledge in commerce, management, tourism and services
Other environmental management
Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use
Environmentally sustainable plant production
Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Soils
Rights to environmental and natural resources (excl. water allocation)
Management
Wine grapes
Expanding knowledge in the health sciences
Air
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Expanding knowledge in economics
Preference, behaviour and welfare
Surface water quantification, allocation and impact of depletion
Management of water consumption by plant production

Career Best Publications

Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects; Palgrave McMillan
Building alternative agri-food networks: Certification, embeddedness and agri-environmental governance; Journal of Rural Studies
Calculating climate: ‘advanced liberalism’ and the governing of risk in Australian drought policy; Journal of Sociology
Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing; Palgrave Macmillan
Framing agri‐digital governance: industry stakeholders, technological frames and smart farming implementation; Sociologia Ruralis
From risky to responsible: expert knowledge and the governing of community-led rural development; Journal of Rural Studies
Governing biosecurity in a neoliberal world: comparative perspectives from Australia and the United Kingdom; Environment and Planning A
Harmonising devolved responsibility for biosecurity governance: the challenge of competing institutional logics; Environment and Planning A
Ordering adoption: materiality, knowledge and farmer engagement with precision agriculture technologies; Journal of Rural Studies
Performing Users: The Case of a Computer-Based Dairy Decision-Support System; Science, Technology and Human Values
Re-discovering the social: neo-liberalism and hybrid practices of governing in rural natural resource management; Journal of Rural Studies
Re-Figuring the Problem of Farmer Agency in Agri-Food Studies: A Translation Approach; Agriculture and Human Values
Roll-out neoliberalism and hybrid practices of regulation in Australian agri-environmental governance; Journal of Rural Studies
Rural governance: international perspectives; Routledge

Research Publications

A National program to improve awareness and adoption of best management  practice for silverleaf nightshade control; 20th Australasian Weeds Conference
Adapting Standards: The Case of Environmental Management Systems in Australia; Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing
Agricultural Governance: Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation; Routledge
Agricultural governance: globalization and the new politics of regulation; Routledge
Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects; Palgrave McMillan
Assembling restructuring: governmentality, economic regulation and the historical emergence of the 'enterprising farmer' in Australian agricultural policy; Review of International Political Economy
Australia’s developmental trajectory: Neoliberal or not?; Dialogues in Human Geography
Biosecurity, Trade Liberalisation, and the (anti)Politics of Risk Analysis: The Australia-New Zealand Apples Dispute; Environment and Planning A
Breaking down the divisions?: A case study of political power and changing rural local government representation; Rural Society
Building alternative agri-food networks: Certification, embeddedness and agri-environmental governance; Journal of Rural Studies
Calculating climate: ‘advanced liberalism’ and the governing of risk in Australian drought policy; Journal of Sociology
Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing; Palgrave Macmillan
Calculating the social: standards and the reconfiguration of governing; Palgrave Macmillan
Communication challenges in surgical oncology; Surgical Oncology
Competitive Productivism and Australia's Emerging ‘Alternative’ Agri-food Networks: producing for farmers' markets in Victoria and beyond; Australian Geographer
Conclusion: Awkward Assemblages; Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects
Constructing change readiness: the positioning of change recipients in an Australian agricultural context; 2016 British Academy of Management Conference
Constructing Reform: Economic Expertise and the Governing of Agricultural Change in Australia; Nova Science Publishers
Constructing reform: economic expertise and the governing of agricultural change in Australia; Nova Science Publishers
Developing conservation agricultural innovations and practice change: a model for future research, development, extension and training in a brave new world; Proceedings of the 17 th ASA Conference
Devolved Responsibility and On-Farm Biosecurity: Practices of Biosecure Farming Care in Livestock Production; Sociologia Ruralis
Economic restructuring and neo-liberalism in Australian rural adjustment policy; Restructuring Global and Regional Agricultures: Transformations in Australasian Agri-Food Economies and Spaces
Environment, Society and Natural Resource Management: Theoretical Perspectives from Australasia and the Americas; Routledge
Environment, society and resource Management: Theoretical Perspectives from Australasia and the Americas; Edward Edgar Publishing
Farm Biosecurity Practices and the Management of Emergency Animal Disease
Final Word: Australia’s Food Security Challenges; Food Security in Australia: Challenges and Prospects for the Future
Flexible adoption of conservation agriculture principles: practices of care and the management of crop residue in Australian mixed farming systems; International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
Food security in Australia: challenges and prospects for the future; Springer
Food Security in Australia: Challenges and Prospects for the Future; Springer
Framing agri‐digital governance: industry stakeholders, technological frames and smart farming implementation; Sociologia Ruralis
Framing sustainability: alternative standards schemes for sustainable palm oil and South-South trade; Journal of Rural Studies
From risky to responsible: expert knowledge and the governing of community-led rural development; Journal of Rural Studies
From Standardization to Standardizing Work; Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing
Getting Big and Getting Out: Government Policy, Self-Reliance and Farm Adjustment; Rurality Bites: The Social and Environmental Transformation of Rural Australia
Governance, ‘local’ knowledge and the adoption of sustainable farming practices; Environment, Society and Natural Resource Management: Theoretical Perspectives from Australasia and the Americas
Governing agriculture through the managerial capacities of farmers: the role of calculation; Agricultural Governance: Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation
Governing biosecurity in a neoliberal world: comparative perspectives from Australia and the United Kingdom; Environment and Planning A
Governing environmental harms in a risk society; Controversies in Environmental Sociology
Governing the Boundaries of Viability: Economic Expertise and the Production of the ‘Low‐Income Farm Problem’ in Australia; Sociologia Ruralis
Government as a Failing Operation: Regulating Administrative Conduct ‘at a Distance’ in Australia; Sociology
Greater Sydney Peri urban Biosecurity Social Research Project
Guest Editorial Rural governance in Australia: Changing forms and emerging actors; Rural Society
Harmonising devolved responsibility for biosecurity governance: the challenge of competing institutional logics; Environment and Planning A
Harmonising the Governance of Farming Risks: agricultural biosecurity and biotechnology in Australia; Australian Geographer
Introduction; Transforming the rural: global processes and local futures
Introduction: Assembling Neoliberalism; Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects
Introduction: globalization and agricultural governance; Agricultural Governance: Globalization and the New Politics of Regulation
Introduction: governing the rural; Rural Governance: International Perspectives
Introduction: the food security problem in Australia; Food security in Australia: challenges and prospects for the future
Investigating drivers of biosecurity engagement and approaches for improving this engagement among egg producers in Australia: Final Project Report
Managing and avoiding delay in operating theatres: a qualitative, observational study; Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Managing the grand challenge of biological threats to food production: the importance of institutional logics for managing Australian biosecurity; Australian Journal of Management
Mapping Neoliberalism: Animal Health and the Spatial Practices of Disease Management; Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects
Mapping the Dynamics of New Forms of Technological Governance in Agriculture: Methodological Considerations; Environment and Planning A
Market instruments and the neoliberalisation of land management in rural Australia; Geoforum
Market-Oriented Initiatives for Agri-Environmental Governance: Environmental Management Systems in Australia; Alternative Food Geographies: Representation and Practice
Neoliberalising rural environments; Journal of Rural Studies
Neoliberalism and natural resource management: Agri-environmental standards and the governing of farming practices; Geoforum
Online University Education: Liberating the Student?; Science As Culture
Ordering adoption: materiality, knowledge and farmer engagement with precision agriculture technologies; Journal of Rural Studies
Payments for Ecosystem Services, neoliberalisation, and the hybrid governance of land management in Australia; Journal of Rural Studies
Pedagogical Machines: ICTs and Neoliberal Governance of the University; Nova Science Publishers
Pedagogical machines: ICTs and neoliberal governance of the university; Nova Science Publishers
Performing Users: The Case of a Computer-Based Dairy Decision-Support System; Science, Technology and Human Values
Private agri-food governance and greenhouse gas abatement: Constructing a corporate carbon economy; Geoforum
Private Agri-food Standards: Contestation, Hybridity and the Politics of Standards; International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food
Private Agri-food Standards: Supply Chains and the Governance of Standards; International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food
Re-discovering the social: neo-liberalism and hybrid practices of governing in rural natural resource management; Journal of Rural Studies
Re-Figuring the Problem of Farmer Agency in Agri-Food Studies: A Translation Approach; Agriculture and Human Values
Remittance income and social resilience among migrant households in rural Bangladesh; Palgrave Macmillan
Remittances and social resilience of migrant households in rural Bangladesh; Migration and Development
Roll-out neoliberalism and hybrid practices of regulation in Australian agri-environmental governance; The Rural: Critical Essays in Human Geography
Roll-out neoliberalism and hybrid practices of regulation in Australian agri-environmental governance; Journal of Rural Studies
Rural governance and power relations: theorizing the complexity of state–citizen interactions; Rural Governance: International Perspectives
Rural governance: international perspectives; Routledge
Rural Governance: International Perspectives; Routledge
Scoping systems of acceptance of improved soil management, with a focus on decision support systems and tools
Securitising uncertainty: ontological security and cultural scripts in smart farming technology implementation; Journal of Rural Studies
Self-confessed troublemakers: an interactionist view of deviance during organizational change; Human Relations: Towards The Integration of The Social Sciences
Self-reliant citizens and targeted populations: the case of Australian agriculture in the 1990s; Arena Journal
Social factors influencing landholder management of silverleaf nightshade; Twentieth Australasian Weeds Conference
Social factors influencing technology adoption in the rice industry
Standards and Standardization as a Social Scientific Problem; Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing
The challenge of competing organisations in managing disease risk in the Australian beef industry
Trade Liberalisation and Australian Biosecurity: Opportunities and Challenges Under the ‘Shared Responsibility’ Approach; Farm Policy Journal
Transforming the Rural: Global Processes and Local Futures Vol: 24; Emerald Publishing Limited
What's social about natural resources and why do we need to theorise it?; Environment, Society and Natural Resources Management: Theoretical Perspectives from Australasia and the Americas
What’s social about natural resources and why do we need to theorise it?; Environment, Society and Natural Resource Management: Theoretical Perspectives from Australasia and the Americas
Why do Farmers Adopt EMS? Market-Oriented Environmental Schemes and the Governance of Farm Management; 1st National EMS Forum
Why do farmers partially adopt conservation farming practices? A sociological study of stubble retention in NSW and Victoria; Proceedings of the 17th ASA Conference
Working around ERPs in Technological Universities; Science, Technology and Human Values
“A Place of Pain and Gain”: Exploring the Dynamics of Resistance in the Creation of Sengwe Tshipise Wilderness Corridor, Southeast Zimbabwe; Society and Natural Resources

Research Projects

ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Drought Resilience Tasmania - Actionable Knowledge and Solutions for Sustainable Prosperity; Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment (DAWE)
Exploring economic aspects of adopting soil amendments for ameliorating soil constraints in Australia; CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd (HPS CRC)
Protecting Australia's Food Future: Shared Responsibility for Biosecurity; Australian Research Council (ARC)
Scoping systems of acceptance of improved soil management, with a focus on decision support systems and tools.; CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd (HPS CRC)
Understanding Adoptability of Techniques and Practices for Improved Soil Management; CRC for High Performance Soils Ltd (HPS CRC)

Research Candidate Supervision