Environmental Justice and Governance for Social Change
ARC Discovery ($230,000)
A/Prof Vaughan Higgins (ILWS), Professor Chris Cocklin (James Cook University), Dr Clive Potter (Imperial College London) & Dr Jacqui Dibden (Monash University)
This project investigated how Australian farming industries are responding to demands for more sustainable production practices. Through the analysis of Australian and international policy documents, as well as detailed case studies of two industries – dairy and beef – the research examined the implementation of market-based and voluntary strategies, which provide incentives to farmers in managing the competing demands of economic viability and sustainable production. These incentives include: industry codes of practice, environmental management systems, environmental certification, and payments to farmers for the provision of ecosystem services.
Findings from this project were:
Higgins, V., Dibden, J. & Cocklin, C. (2012) Market Instruments and the Neoliberalisation of Land Management in Rural Australia, Geoforum, 43: 377-386.
Higgins, V., Dibden, J. & Cocklin, C. (2010) Adapting Standards: The Case of Environmental Management Systems in Australia, in V. Higgins and W. Larner (eds), Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: 167-184.
Higgins, V. Payments for Environmental Services in the N. E. Queensland Beef Industry: Summary of Research Results
Higgins, V., Dibden, J., & Cocklin, C. (2015) Private agri-food governance and greenhouse gas abatement: Constructing a carbon economy, Geoforum 66, 75-84
It is expected that the findings from this project will provide policy makers with valuable information on implementation and adoption of market-based incentives.
A/Prof Vaughan Higgins,
CSU – Albury