Dr Scott Waldron

Senior Research Fellow

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Faculty of Science

Senior Lecturer

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

Overview

Scott grew up on a mixed farming property in western Queensland, has an undergraduate degree in Asian studies and a PhD in agricultural economics.

At UQ he has conducted 25 agricultural development projects in China, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. His role in the projects is to improve rural incomes, value chain functioning and policy settings. A related research theme is agricultural trade in the region. The research is highly collaborative and cross-disciplinary and aims to build relationships and capacity with partner agencies and students.

Scott worked for the Economist Intelligence Unit in Beijing, graduated from the Nanjing-Hopkins Centre for Advanced Chinese and American Studies and is fluent in Chinese. In China he has: collaborated with 20 research and government organisations; conducted fieldwork at country level and below for at least 30 months especially in Western China; and provided technical assistance in trade negotiations on beef and wool. He has written eight books on China, two have been translated into Chinese and he has published in The China Journal and China Quarterly.

He currently leads UQ's participation in the Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR), administered by the Australia-Indonesia Centre, funded by DFAT and four Australian universities. PAIR is a consortium of 11 Australian and Indonesian universities conducting multi-disciplinary research for development in South Sulawesi.

He coordinates an undergraduate course AGRC4050 "Agricultural Development in Asia" and a postgraduate course AGCR7520 "International Agricultural Development". The courses examine: global issues of food, population and poverty; theories of agricultural development; how these play out in case study countries, villages and households; and applied research methods to improve development outcomes.

Scott provides expert advice through Australian policy and industry forums and media comment.

Research Interests

  • Ruminant livestock economics
    Beef, wool, mutton, cashmere and dairy – in pastoral, cropping and forage systems
  • International agricultural development
    Macro developments in demographics, food supply and human development. Micro developments in farm intensification, commercialisation and technological change.
  • Agricultural trade
    Sino-Australian agricultural relations, trade and investment; the cattle and beef trade in China, Southeast Asia and Australia.
  • Economic development
    China especially Western China; Southeast Asia especially Indonesia and East Timor; the Pacific especially Vanuatu
  • Agricultural research methodologies
    Farm management, value chain analysis, policy analysis, participatory and action research

Qualifications

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

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Kemp, David, Wu, Jianping, Lang, Xia, Gong, Xuyin, Li, Ping, Han, Guodong, Zhao, Mengli, Behrendt, Karl and Waldron, Scott (2020). Chinese livestock numbers and grassland impact. Sustainable Chinese grasslands. (pp. 17-38) edited by David Kemp. Canberra, ACT, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR).

  • Addison, Jane, Brown, Colin G., Lkhagvadorj, Enkh-Orchlon, Jing, Zhang, Waldron, Scott, Bao, Zhang and Bukhbat, Duinkherjav (2020). Institutions and macrodevelopments. Common grasslands in Asia: a comparative analysis of Chinese and Mongolian grasslands. (pp. 12-47) edited by Colin G. Brown. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Brown, Colin G., Waldron, Scott A. and Longworth, John W. (2014). A diachronic analysis of the beef industry. The Political Economy of Agro-Food Markets in China: The Social Construction of the Markets in an Era of Globalization. (pp. 127-151) edited by Louis Augustin-Jean and Björn Alpermann. 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. Beef cattle production and trade. (pp. 121-142) edited by David Cottle and Lewis Kahn. Collingwood, VIC, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Brown, Colin G., Waldron, Scott A. and Longworth, John W. (2014). Drivers and dynamics of the Chinese wool market. The Political Economy of Agro-Food Markets in China: The Social Construction of the Markets in an Era of Globalization. (pp. 210-235) edited by Louis Augustin-Jean and Björn Alpermann. 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. The Political Economy of Agro-Food Markets in China: The Social Construction of the Markets in an Era of Globalization. (pp. 257-278) edited by Louis Augustin-Jean and Björn Alpermann. Basingstoke, Hampshire, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1057/9781137277954_11

  • Waldron, Scott, Brown, Colin and Longworth, John (2011). The role of the state in modernizing China's fine wool marketing sector. Politics and markets in rural China. (pp. 137-152) edited by Bjorn Alpermann. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203814888

  • Longworth, J. W., Brown, C. G. and Waldron, S. A. (2010). Chinese Sheep and Wool Industries. The International Sheep and Wool Handbook. (pp. 113-152) edited by D. J. Cottle. 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. Economic aspects of the beef and cattle industry in China. (pp. 35-56) edited by Yuman, Lui. Beijing: Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Press.

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

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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.