Dr Jason West

Senior Lecturer Agribusiness

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science


Dr. Jason West has over 25 years of both academic and industry experience. He holds a PhD in Quantitative Finance along with degrees in science, statistics and engineering. He has published 2 books and over 40 journal articles on the use of quantitative techniques for solving complex problems in agricultural economics and commodity price behaviour. Dr. West has worked in senior executive roles for a range of organisations including BHP Billiton, Commonwealth Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, KPMG and Suncorp. Dr. West is also an Australian Office of Learning and Teaching Fellow.

Research Interests

  • Agricultural economics
  • Commodities
  • Financial optimisation
  • Portfolio management

Research Impacts

Dr. Jason West is recognised as a world leader in commodity research and the dynamics that drive agricultural commodity prices. Acknowledgement of this resulted in his appointment to the International Energy Agency Board from 2008-11. Dr. West is also known for understanding the modelling challenges of some emerging areas in finance including superannuation portfolio management, financing environmental adaptation and developing new techniques for credit risk management. His recent research has used these techniques to focus on the key questions of wealth portfolio optimisation for superannuants using stochastic simulation and dynamic programming linked to survival expectations. It comprises a nexus between financial mathematics, actuarial science, econometrics and computational mathematics. Dr. West has been appointed to the Professional Risk Managers International Association Board in recognition of his experience in financial risk management. Dr. West has previously served as the Chairman of Biogill Environmental Pty Ltd and is a Member of CPA Australia, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, Chartered Secretary, and a Member of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Technology, Sydney


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Book Chapter

  • West, Jason (2015). Investing in adaptive capacity. In J. P. Palutikof, S. L. Boulter, J. Barnett and D. Rissik (Ed.), Applied studies in climate adaptation (pp. 437-444) Chichester, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118845028.ch49

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Hrivnak, George, Southam, Colette, U'Ren, Baden and West, Jason (2017). Interdisciplinary team teaching: Leveraging pedagogical differences to enhance business student cognitive capabilities. In: Eastern Academy of Management (EAM) International Conference: Managing in a Global Economy Conference XVII, Gold Coast, QLD Australia, (). 18-22 June 2017.

  • Senel, Kerem and West, Jason (2015). An evolutionary algorithm for deriving withdrawal rates in defined contribution schemes. In: 1st Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence, ACALCI 2015. 1st Australasian Conference on Artificial Life and Computational Intelligence, ACALCI 2015, Newcastle, Australia, (286-296). 5 - 7 February 2015.

  • West, Jason (2015). Inferring risk aversion for decentralized investment portfolios. In: 1st IEEE International Conference on Big Data Computing Service and Applications, BigDataService 2015. 1st IEEE International Conference on Big Data Computing Service and Applications, BigDataService 2015, San Francisco, CA, United States, (341-346). 30 March - 2 April 2015. doi:10.1109/BigDataService.2015.50

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Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.