Professor Rob Cramb

Honorary Professor

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science

Overview

Rob Cramb is Professor of Agricultural Development. His research interests centre on rural development, agrarian change, and natural resource management in Southeast Asia, focusing on the evolution of farming systems, land tenure arrangements, and community-based resource management in a variety of agro-ecological zones.

He graduated in agricultural economics from the University of Melbourne, then worked in Sarawak, Malaysia, for 6 years with the Department of Agriculture, first as a volunteer with Australian Volunteers International and subsequently as a consultant for the World Bank funded National Extension Project. He then undertook PhD studies at Monash University in development economics and Southeast Asian studies, returning to Sarawak for fieldwork on the evolution of Iban agriculture and customary land tenure. In 1987 he took up a position at the University of Queensland as lecturer in agricultural development. He has coordinated undergraduate and postgraduate programs in agricultural and resource economics and continued to teach and research issues of agricultural development and natural resource management in Southeast Asia in collaboration with colleagues in soil, crop, and animal science. Most recently he has been involved in assessing the impacts on customary landholders and small-scale farmers of the rapid expansion of oil palm plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia. He is currently involved in research on developing more inclusive models for smallholder engagement in global commodity chains, using cassava as a case study.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Monash University
  • Master of Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours), University of Melbourne

Publications

  • Kabir, Jahangir, Cramb, Rob, Alauddin, Mohammad, Gaydon, Donald S. and Roth, Christian H. (2020). Farmers’ perceptions and management of risk in rice/shrimp farming systems in South-West Coastal Bangladesh. Land Use Policy, 95 104577, 104577. doi: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2020.104577

  • Williams, Liana and Cramb, Rob (2020). Adapting the Green Revolution for Laos. White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 121-149) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_6

  • Suebpongsang, Pornsiri, Ekasingh, Benchaphun and Cramb, Rob (2020). Commercialisation of Rice Farming in Northeast Thailand. White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 39-68) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_2

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Book Chapter

  • Williams, Liana and Cramb, Rob (2020). Adapting the Green Revolution for Laos. White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 121-149) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_6

  • Suebpongsang, Pornsiri, Ekasingh, Benchaphun and Cramb, Rob (2020). Commercialisation of Rice Farming in Northeast Thailand. White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 39-68) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_2

  • Newby, Jonathan, Manivong, Vongpaphane and Cramb, Rob (2020). Economic Constraints to the Intensification of Rainfed Lowland Rice in Laos. White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 201-223) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_10

  • Manivong, Vongpaphane and Cramb, Rob (2020). From Subsistence to Commercial Rice Production in Laos. White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 103-119) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_5

  • Cramb, Rob (2020). Issues of Rice Policy in the Lower Mekong Basin. White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 425-456) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_21

  • Cramb, Rob, Sareth, Chea and Vuthy, Theng (2020). The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in Cambodia. White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 227-245) Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_11

  • Cramb, Rob (2020). The evolution of rice farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. White Gold: the commercialisation of rice farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 3-35) edited by Rob Cramb. Singapore, Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_1

  • Sareth, Chea, Cramb, Rob and Fukai, Shu (2020). The role of irrigation in the commercialisation of rice farming in southern Cambodia. White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 261-289) edited by Rob Cramb. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_13

  • Van Kien, Nguyen, Hoang Han, Nguyen and Cramb, Rob (2020). Trends in rice-based farming systems in the Mekong Delta. White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin. (pp. 347-373) edited by Rob Cramb. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-0998-8_17

  • Cramb, Rob (2017). Shifting cultivation and human interaction with forests. Routledge Handbook of the Environment in Southeast Asia. (pp. 180-203) edited by Philip Hirsch. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315474892

  • Cramb, Rob and McCarthy, John F. (2016). Characterising oil palm production in Indonesia and Malaysia. The oil palm complex: smallholders, agribusiness and the state in Indonesia and Malaysia. (pp. 27-77) edited by Rob A. Cramb and John F. McCarthy. Singapore, Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

  • Cramb, Rob and McCarthy, John F. (2016). Conclusion. The oil palm complex: smallholders, agribusiness and the state in Indonesia and Malaysia. (pp. 442-464) edited by Rob A. Cramb and John F. McCarthy. Singapore, Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

  • Cramb, Rob and McCarthy, John F (2016). Introduction. The oil palm complex: smallholders, agribusiness and the state in Indonesia and Malaysia. (pp. 1-26) edited by Rob A. Cramb and John F. McCarthy. Singapore, Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

  • Cramb, Rob and Sujang, Patrick S. (2016). Oil palm smallholders and state policies in Sarawak. The oil palm complex: smallholders, agribusiness and the state in Indonesia and Malaysia. (pp. 247-282) edited by Rob Cramb and John F. McCarthy. Singapore, Singapore: NUS Press.

  • Cramb, Rob (2016). The political economy of large-scale oil palm development in Sarawak. The oil palm complex: smallholders, agribusiness and the state in Indonesia and Malaysia. (pp. 189-246) edited by Rob A. Cramb and John F. McCarthy. Singapore, Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

  • Cramb, Rob (2015). Busy people, idle land: The changing roles of swidden fallows in Sarawak. Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Change: Indigenous People, Agriculture and Forest Conservation. (pp. 770-793) edited by Malcolm F. Cairns. London and New York: Routledge.

  • Manivong, Vongpaphane and Cramb, Rob (2015). Impacts of smallholder rubber on shifting cultivation and rural livelihoods in northern Laos. Shifting Cultivation and Environmental Change: Indigenous People, Agriculture and Forest Conservation. (pp. 826-840) edited by Malcolm F. Cairns. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Cramb, R. A., Gray, G. D., Gummert, M., Haefele, S. M., Lefroy, R. B. D., Newby, J. C., Stur, W. and Warr, P. (2015). Implications of farming trajectories for agricultural research. Trajectories of rice-based farming systems in mainland Southeast Asia. (pp. 189-199) edited by R. A. Cramb. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research ( ACIAR).

  • Cramb, R. A. (2015). Introduction. Trajectories of rice-based farming systems in mainland Southeast Asia. (pp. 1-15) edited by R. A. Cramb. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research ( ACIAR).

  • Cramb, R. A. and Newby, J. C. (2015). Trajectories of rice-farming households in mainland Southeast Asia. Trajectories of rice-based farming systems in mainland Southeast Asia. (pp. 35-71) edited by R. A. Cramb. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

  • Cramb, R. A. (2012). Beyond the longhouse: Iban shifting cultivators come to town. Revisiting rural places: Pathways to poverty and prosperity in Southeast Asia. (pp. 68-87) edited by Jonathan Rigg and Peter Vandergeest. Singapore: NUS Press.

  • Cramb, R. A. (2011). Agrarian transitions in Sarawak: Intensification and expansion reconsidered. Borneo transformed: Agricultural expansion on the Southeast Asian frontier. (pp. 44-93) edited by Rodolphe de Koninck, Stephane Bernard and Jean-Francois Bissonnette. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.

  • Manivong, Vongpaphane and Cramb, R. A. (2008). The adoption of smallholder rubber production by shifting cultivators in Northern Laos: a village case study. Smallholder Tree Growing for Rural Development and Environmental Services: Lessons from Asia. (pp. 117-138) edited by Denyse J. Snelder and Rodel D. Lasco. Dordrecht , Netherlands: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4020-8261-0_5

  • Cramb, Rob (2005). Rethinking the development, dissemination and adoption of agricultural technologies. Participatory research and development for sustainable agriculture and natural resource management: A sourcebook. (pp. 145-150) edited by J. Gonsalves, T. Becker, A. Braun, D. Campilan, H. De Chavez, E. Fajber, M. Kapiriri, J. Rivaca-Caminade and R. Vernooy. Ottawa, Canada: IRDC and International Potato Centre.

  • Cramb, R. A., Garcia, J. N., Gerrits, R. V. and Saguiguit, G. C. (2000). Adoption of Soil Conservation Technologies in the Case Study Sites. Soil Conservation Technologies for Smallholder Farming Systems in the Philippine Uplands. (pp. 72-95) edited by R Cramb. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Cramb, Robert A. (2000). Agricultural land degradation in the Philippine uplands: An overview. Soil Conservation Technologies for Smallholder Farming Systems in the Philippine Uplands. (pp. 23-37) edited by Robert Cramb. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Gerrits, R. V., Cramb, R. A., Garcia, J. N. and Saguiguit, G. C. (2000). Approcahes to the Promotion of Soil Conservation Technologies in the Case Study Sites. Soil conservation technologies for smallholder farming systems in the Philippines Uplands : a socioeconomic evaluation. (pp. 96-118) edited by Robert Cramb. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Nelson, R. A. and Cramb, R. A. (2000). Bioeconomic Modelling of Hedgerow Intercropping. Soil conservation technologies for smallholder farming systems in the Philippines Uplands. (pp. 119-143) edited by Robert A. Cramb. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Garcia, J. N., Gerrits, R. V., Cramb, R. A. and Saguiguit, G. C. (2000). Characteristics and Implementation of Soil Conservation Technologies in the Case Study Sites. Soil conservation technologies for smallholder farming systems in the Philippines Uplands: A socioeconomic evaluation. (pp. 52-71) edited by Robert Cramb. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Cramb, R. A. (2000). Evaluation of Soil Conservation Technologies: A Summing Up. Soil conservation technologies for smallholder farming systems in the Philippines Uplands: A socioeconomic evaluation. (pp. 195-212) edited by R. Cramb. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Cramb, R. A. and Saguiguit, G. C. (2000). Introduction. Soil Conservation Technologies for Smallholder Farming Systems in the Philippine Uplands. (pp. 9-11) edited by R. A. Cramb. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Cramb, R. A., Garcia, J. N., Gerrits, R. V. and Saguiguit, G. C. (2000). Profiles of the Case Study Sites. Soil conservation technologies for smallholder farming systems in the Philippines Uplands: A socioeconomic evaluation. (pp. 38-51) edited by R. A. Cramb. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Cramb, R. A. (2000). Research Framework. Soil conservation technologies for smallholder farming systems in the Philippines Uplands: A socioeconomic evaluation. (pp. 12-22) edited by R. A. Cramb. Canberra: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

  • Windle, J. and Cramb, R. A. (1999). Roads, remoteness and rural development: Social impacts of rural roads on upland farmers in Sarawak, Malaysia. Rural Development and Social Science Research: Cases from Borneo. (pp. 215-250) edited by V. T. King. Williamsburg: Borneo Research Council.

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Professor Rob Cramb is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision