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Researcher: Higgins, VJ (Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins)

Fields of Research

Rural Sociology
Sociology
Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology
Agricultural Land Management
Environmental Sociology
Organisational Planning and Management
Sustainable Agricultural Development
Farming Systems Research
Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Organisation and Management Theory
Aquaculture
Agricultural Marine Biotechnology
Business and Management
Fish Physiology and Genetics

Research Objectives

Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection
Control of Animal Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
Control of Plant Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species in Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Environments
Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Environmentally Sustainable Plant Production
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Soils
Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
Air Force
Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards
Land Stewardship
Rights to Environmental and Natural Resources (excl. Water Allocation)

Career Best Publications

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

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
Australia’s developmental trajectory: Neoliberal or not?; Dialogues in Human Geography
Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing; Palgrave Macmillan
Calculating the social: standards and the reconfiguration of governing; Palgrave Macmillan
Conclusion: Awkward Assemblages; Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects
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
Environment, Society and Natural Resource Management: Theoretical Perspectives from Australasia and the Americas; Routledge
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 Standardization to Standardizing Work; Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing
Harmonising devolved responsibility for biosecurity governance: the challenge of competing institutional logics; Environment and Planning A
Introduction; Transforming the rural: global processes and local futures
Introduction: Assembling Neoliberalism; Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects
Introduction: the food security problem in Australia; Food security in Australia: challenges and prospects for the future
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
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
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
Private agri-food governance and greenhouse gas abatement: Constructing a corporate carbon economy; Geoforum
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
Rural governance: international perspectives; Routledge
Rural Governance: International Perspectives; Routledge
Social factors influencing landholder management of silverleaf nightshade; Twentieth Australasian Weeds Conference
Standards and Standardization as a Social Scientific Problem; Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing
Trade Liberalisation and Australian Biosecurity: Opportunities and Challenges Under the ‘Shared Responsibility’ Approach; Farm Policy Journal
Why do farmers partially adopt conservation farming practices? A sociological study of stubble retention in NSW and Victoria; Proceedings of the 17th ASA Conference
“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)
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