Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Alison Southwell

Dr Alison Southwell

BRurSc(Hons) (U New England), PhD (CSturt)

After graduating from the University of New England with BRurSc (Hons), Dr Southwell worked in private industry, including the wool and cotton industries, a private research organisation.

Dr Southwell's PhD investigated the soil water dynamics beneath native pasture communities. The scope of the investigations enabled Dr Southwell to work with scientists in a range of disciplines, industry partners and farmers, conducting farm experiments and constructing simulation models. 

Dr Southwell joined the staff of CSU in 2007 while completing her PhD. Since this time, she has had an active role in redesigning the Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree and developing the fourth year. Dr Southwell has also taken students on international agriculture study tours to Vietnam for the past 3 years.

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Dr Southwell is coordinator of the subjects 'Professional Practice in Agriculture and Horticulture' and the fourth year subject 'Agricultural Industry Practicum'. She also teaches into the fourth year subject 'Integrated Agriculture' and coordinates work experience for the Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree. As part of this development process, Dr Southwell received a fellowship from the Education for Practice Institute.

Dr Southwell is site leader for the Future Farm Industries CRC National Evergraze project for the Wagga Wagga region investigating better grazing systems of environment and profit.

Dr Southwell has also been involved in farm systems/extension projects in Pakistan, has co-supervised honours students in farm systems studies in Vietnam and is supervising two PhD students investigating farm systems and communication issues in neighboring developing countries.

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  • Farming systems research – both international and within the grazing industry
  • Workplace learning in Agriculture

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