Dr Scott Waldron

Senior Research Fellow

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science
scott.waldron@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52103

Overview

Scott grew up on a cattle property, has undergraduate degrees in international business and Asian studies (China and Indonesia) and a PhD in agricultural economics. Before joining UQ, Scott worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit and an agricultural consulting company in Beijing. He speaks fluent Chinese. At UQ, Scott has conducted 20 collaborative projects on ruminant livestock in developing Asian countries, including China, Indonesia, Timor Leste and Vanuatu. As a livestock economist, Scott’s role in projects has been to investigate ways to improve farm incomes, value chain functioning and rural development outcomes. The research approach is highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary, fieldwork-intensive and applied. He also co-leads a research program on cattle and beef markets and trade in China, Southeast Asia and Australia with partners in eight countries. Scott has published nine scholarly books, more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and numerous industry reports.

Research Interests

  • Ruminant livestock economics
    Beef, wool, mutton, cashmere and dairy – in pastoral, cropping and forage systems
  • Agricultural systems
    Farming systems and economics; agribusiness, agricultural marketing and value chains; policy and institutions; agricultural and rural development
  • Developing Asian economies
    China, especially Western China, Indonesia and East Timor

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Griffith University
  • Bachelor of International Business Relations, Griffith University

Publications

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Brown, Colin G., Waldron, Scott A. and Longworth, John W. (2014). A diachronic analysis of the beef industry. In Louis Augustin-Jean and Björn Alpermann (Ed.), The Political Economy of Agro-Food Markets in China: The Social Construction of the Markets in an Era of Globalization (pp. 127-151) Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137277954.0013

  • Waldron, S. A. and Brown, C. G. (2014). Chinese and South-East Asian cattle production. In David Cottle and Lewis Kahn (Ed.), Beef cattle production and trade (pp. 121-142) Collingwood, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Brown, Colin G., Waldron, Scott A. and Longworth, John W. (2014). Drivers and dynamics of the Chinese wool market. In Louis Augustin-Jean and Björn Alpermann (Ed.), The Political Economy of Agro-Food Markets in China: The Social Construction of the Markets in an Era of Globalization (pp. 210-235) Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137277954.0017

  • Waldron, Scott A., Brown, Colin G. and Komarek, Adam M. (2014). Growth, globalization and upgrading of the Chinese cashmere industry. In Louis Augustin-Jean and Björn Alpermann (Ed.), The Political Economy of Agro-Food Markets in China: The Social Construction of the Markets in an Era of Globalization (pp. 257-278) Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137277954.0019

  • Waldron, Scott, Brown, Colin and Longworth, John (2011). The role of the state in modernizing China's fine wool marketing sector. In Bjorn Alpermann (Ed.), Politics and markets in rural China (pp. 137-152) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Longworth, J. W., Brown, C. G. and Waldron, S. A. (2010). Chinese Sheep and Wool Industries. In D. J. Cottle (Ed.), The International Sheep and Wool Handbook (pp. 113-152) Nottingham, UK: Nottingham University Press.

  • Brown, C. G., Waldron, S. and Longworth, J. (2000). Rangeland Degradaion, Beef Industry Development and Regional Development in the Pastoral Regions of China. In Yuman, Lui (Ed.), Economic aspects of the beef and cattle industry in China (pp. 35-56) Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press.

  • Waldron, S. (2000). The Types of Agricultural Industralisation Development and its Organisational Models in China. In Liu and Yuman (Ed.), Economic Aspects of the Beef and Cattle Industry in China (pp. 181-207) Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Brown, Colin G., Waldron, Scott A. and Longworth, John W. (2013). Adaptation to changing institutional, market and bio-physical environments: the case of China's grasslands. In: David L. Michalk, Geoffrey D. Millar, Warwick B. Badgery and Kim M. Broadfoot, Proceedings 22nd International Grassland Congress: Revitalising Grasslands to Sustain Our Communities. IGC2013: 22nd International Grassland Congress, Darling Harbour, NSW, Australia, (1819-1825). 15-19 September, 2013.

  • Brown, Colin G. and Waldron, Scott (2013). Agricultural specialisation and rural development in Tibet. In: ECARDC XI: 11th European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China, Wuerzburg, Germany, (). 11-13 April, 2013.

  • Heath, Tim, Tao, Jin, Brown, Colin, Waldron, Scott, Wilkins, John, Piltz, John, Cummins, Jay, Rose, Carol, Coventry, David and McNeill, Ann (2012). Integrated agronomic and economic analysis of fodder options for Tibetan farming systems. In: I. Yunusa, Capturing Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles in Australian Agronomy: Proceedings of 16th Agronomy Conference 2012. AAC2012: 16th Australian Agronomy Conference, Armidale, NSW, Australia, (1-6). 14-18 October, 2012.

  • Komarek, A., Brown, C. and Waldron, S. (2011). A heterogeneous-agent model with district-level constraints: an application to livestock development in Gansu, China. In: 10th European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China (ECARDC), Aarhus, Denmark, (). 8-10 April 2011.

  • Waldron, Scott, Brown, Colin and Zhao, Yutian (2011). Developing the Right Institutional Environment to Deal with Grassland Degradation In: Kemp, D. and Michalk, D. (eds) Sustainable Development of Livestock Systems on Grasslands in North-Western China. In: D. R. Kemp and D. L. Michalk, Development of sustainable livestock systems on grasslands in north-western China: Proceedings of a workshop held at the combined International Grassland Congress and International Rangeland Conference. 21st International Grassland Congress and 8th International Rangelands Conference, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, (98-104). 28 June 2008.

  • Komarek, A. M., Waldron, S. A. and Brown, C. G. (2011). Livestock expansion as a development pathway: A heterogeneous-agent model for smallholders in Gansu, China. In: 55th Annual Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (). 7-10 February 2011.

  • Brown, Colin, Waldron, Scott and Yutian, Zhao (2011). Policy settings to combat grassland degradation and promote sustainable development in western China. In: D. R. Kemp and D. L. Michalk, Development of sustainable livestock systems on grasslands in north-western China: Proceedings of a workshop held at the combined International Grassland Congress and International Rangeland Conference. 21st International Grassland Congress and 8th International Rangelands Conference, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China, (105-114). 28 June 2008.

  • Longworth, J. W., Brown, C. G. and Waldron, S. A. (2011). Remember the Wool Industry?. In: 55th Annual Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference, Melbourne, (). February 7-10, 2011.

  • Brown, Colin and Waldron, Scott (2011). Role of agriculture in the livelihoods of farm households in Tibet. In: 55th Annual Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (). 7-10 February 2011.

  • Brown, C. G., Waldron, S. A. and Longworth, J. W. (2011). The Dynamics of the Chinese Wool Industry : a confluence of Economic, Social, Political, Institutional and Environmental Factors. In: 10th European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China, Aarhus, (). 8-10 April 2011.

  • Waldron, S. A., Brown, C. G. and Komarek, A. M. (2011). The Sinofication of Global Value Chains, Rural Development and Cashmere. In: 10th European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China, Aarhus, Denmark, (). 8-10 April 2011.

  • Addison, J., Friedel, M., Davies, J., Brown, C. and Waldron, S. (2011). Understanding tenure systems in the Gobi Desert. In: International Grasslands Congress, Rosario, Argentina, (). 3-10 April 2011.

  • Waldron, S. A., Brown, C. G. and Longworth, J. W. (2009). China’s Agricultural Modernisation Program: an assessment of its sustainability and impacts in the case of the high-value beef chain. In: Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel, Bernhard Bruemmer and Shenggen Fan, The New Landscape of Global Agriculture. XXVII International Conference of Agricultural Economists (IAAE2009), Beijing, China, (1-12). 16-22 August 2009.

  • Scott Waldron, Colin Brown and John Longworth (2009). The capacity of the State to modernise Chinese agriculture: the case of fine wool marketing. In: 9th European Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in China, Leeds, UK, (). 3-5 April 2009.

  • Waldron, S. A., Brown, C. G. and Longworth, J. W. (2008). An assessment of China's approach to grassland degradation and livelihood problems in the pastoral region. In: Assessment of Western China Development and Future Prospects: The 5th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Western China Development Studies, Xian, China, (). 22-24 July, 2008.

  • Waldron, Scott A., Brown, Colin G. and Zhao, Yutian (2008). Institutional structures in the governance of grasslands in Western China. In: International Grasslands Congress / International Rangelands Congress pre-conference workshop on ACIAR Project LPS2001/094: Sustainable development of grasslands in western China. International Grasslands Congress / International Rangelands Congress pre-conference workshop on ACIAR Project LPS2001/094: Sustainable development of grasslands in western China, Hohot, China, (). 28 June 2008.

  • Waldron, S. A. (2008). Opportunities and threats from the rise of China: the case of livestock. In: Brasili, C., Fanfani, R. and Rastoin, J. L., Knowledge, Sustainability and Bioresources in the further Development of the Agri-food System. VI AIEA2 International Conference at the XLV SOBER Congress, Londrina, Brasil, (). 22-25 July 2007.

  • Brown, Colin G., Waldron, Scott A. and Zhao, Yutian (2008). Policy Settings to Address Grassland Degradation and Sustainable Development in Western China. In: International Grasslands Congress / International Rangelands Congress pre-conference workshop on ACIAR Project LPS2001/094: Sustainable development of grasslands, Hohot, China, (). 28 June 2008.

  • Waldron, S. A. (2007). Transitions in Rural China from the perspective of the beef industry and its participants. In: Ian Sheldon, “China’s Agricultural Trade: Issues and Prospects”. China's Agriculture Trade: Issues and Prospects: International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium, Beijing, China, (). 8-9 July 2007.

  • Brown, C., Waldron, S., Longworth, J. and Zhao, Y. (2006). Improving the economic decision making capability and viability of Chinese wool textile mills. In: 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), Gold Coast, Australia, (1-20). 12-18 August 2006.

  • Waldron, Scott, Brown, Colin and Longworth, John (2006). The Integration of Rural Households Into Ruminant Livestock Industries in China. In: 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). 26th Conference of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), Gold Coast, Australia, (1-17). 12-18 August 2006.

  • Longworth, John, Brown, Colin and Waldron, Scott (2005). Features of the wool industry in China. In: Sino-Australian Technical Workshop on Wool, Beijing, China, (1-76). 10 April, 2005.

  • Waldron, S. and Brown, C. G. (2004). Institutional Reform and the Chinese Wool Industry. In: James Laurenceson and Kam Ki Tang and Scott Waldron, Outlook China: Growth versus development, Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the Association for Chinese Economics Studies Australia (ACESA). 16th Annual Conference of the ACESA, University of Queensland, Brisbane, (303-326). 19-20 July 2004.

  • Waldron, S. and Brown, C. G. (2003). State Sector Reform in China: Structural Considerations in Agriculture. In: Bronwyn Coate, Robert Brooks and Ian Fraser and Lilai Xu, Proceedings of the 15th Annual Conference of the Association for Chinese Economics Studies Australia (ACESA). 15th Annual Conference of the ACESA, RMIT University, Melbourne, (). 2-3 October.

  • Waldron, S., Brown, C. G. and Longworth, J. (2003). Transforming Lives with Livestock-Based Agri-Business. In: A G Brown, The Livestock Revolution: A Pathway from Poverty?. ATSE Crawford Fund 2003 Annual Conference, Parliament House, Canberra, (27-39). 13 August 2003.

  • Waldron, Scott and Brown, Colin G. (2000). Reconciling industry policy and comparative advantage: The regional distribution of China’s cattle and beef industry. In: Proceeding s of the 44th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. 44th Annual Conference of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, (). 23 - 25 January 1999.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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