Web Access Research Portal

Researcher: Higgins, VJ (Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins)

Fields of Research

Rural Sociology
Agricultural Land Management
Organisational Planning and Management
Environmental Sociology
Sustainable Agricultural Development
Farming Systems Research
Business and Management

Research Objectives

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

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A National program to improve awareness and adoption of best management  practice for silverleaf nightshade control; 20th Australasian Weeds Conference
Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects; Palgrave McMillan
Australia’s developmental trajectory: Neoliberal or not?; Dialogues in Human Geography
Conclusion: Awkward Assemblages; Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects
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
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
Framing sustainability: Alternative standards schemes for sustainable palm oil and South-South trade; Journal of Rural Studies
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
Mapping Neoliberalism: Animal Health and the Spatial Practices of Disease Management; Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects
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
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
Social factors influencing landholder management of silverleaf nightshade; Twentieth Australasian Weeds Conference
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

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)

Research Candidate Supervision