David Falepau

Professor David Falepau

Agricultural Business Management

Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences


David has 30 years experience in Agricultural Value Chains from various public and private sector management and national R&D leadership positions. David has worked across all sectors of the value chain from "paddock to plate" at industry and enterprise levels.

Prior to his tertiary education, David spent 10 years in sheep, beef and deer farming and live export in New Zealand and Australia. Following university, he led a semi-arid zone livestock production system research program for the QDPI.

David has managed various on and off farm R&D programs for Meat & Livestock Australia including the Southern Beef and Goat R, D&E portfolios and has provided multi-disciplinary agricultural and environmental consultancy services to agribusinesses across southern Australia.

Immediately prior to joining Charles Sturt, David spent 2 years in Africa as Chief Executive Officer, restructuring a State Owned Enterprise processing and exporting beef to the EU.

  • Farmer decision making and support systems
  • Rural development and extension science
  • Systems thinking
  • Innovative systems
  • Animal production and meat science
Full publications list on CRO

Recent Publications

  • Falepau, D., & Miles, M. (2020). Addressing barriers to adoption: Building farmer innovation capability. Charles Sturt University.
  • Falepau, D., Pembleton, K., & Dahlhaus, P. (2018). Supporting farmer decision making for soil stewardship and profitability: Technical report - Program 1 - Investing in High Performing Soils. Soil CRC.