Dr M Ejaz Qureshi

Honorary Associate Professor

Dr M Ejaz Qureshi is experienced applied economist with strong quantitative and qualitative skills and has been a successful program manager with the ability to manage multiple research projects often multidisciplinary in nature with clear policy focus and deliver results. Working in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and leading a small team, he led the development of the First Nations Platform for shared benefits. Also at DAFF, working with jurisdictions across Australia, Dr Qureshi conducted a pilot on preparedness of the Australia’s Biosecurity System and helped in developing a performance evaluation framework of the Biosecurity System’s effectiveness. Earlier he worked as a Food Security Consultant in the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations where he reviewed food security policies and programs in Pakistan and developing action plans of a newly approved Agriculture Policy of its Sindh province.

Prior to this for five years he worked as a Research Program Manager of the Agriculture Development Policy program in the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and built teams of about 25 research projects including in the areas of water management and water policy, land use management, agriculture and land use policy, forest policy, food and nutritional security and climate change policy in about a dozen countries in Asia and the Pacific. In addition to building and monitoring these projects and their financial management, he also engaged with a range of stakeholders including potential research collaborators, funding agencies and relevant policy makers and sought their ownership for greater excellence and impacts of these projects.

Earlier working as a Senior Economist and Policy Analyst in CSIRO, Dr Qureshi analysed water resources management policies and managed projects and programs and showed economic leadership and developed a reputation both within and outside the organisation for managing and delivering quality economic and policy outcomes. Since 2007 he has been Adjunct Fellow/Honorary Associate Professor in the Fenner School of Environment & Society and Research Associate in the Crawford School of Public Policy, both at the Australian National University, where he delivered lectures and supervised honours, masters and Ph.D. students with projects on natural resources management.

Before joining CSIRO, he worked as a Principal Research Economist in ABARES where he carried out his research and administrative responsibilities varying from economic analyses to project and program management. At ABARES he also coordinated and administered Commonwealth of Australia funded projects and managed programs including ‘National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality’ and ‘Market Based Instruments for Natural Resources Management’ and provided the Ministerial and House of Representatives briefings on water resources management, economics and public policy.

Dr Qureshi has authored or co-authored about 100 scientific articles including 36 Refereed Journals, six Book Chapters; 11 Research Reports; three Discussion papers and more than 40 Conference and other papers. Recognising his scientific contributions, he was awarded by CSIRO ‘CSIRO Land and Water Chief’s High Impact Studies Award’ and ‘CSIRO Strategic Excellence Look Out Award’ in 2008, ‘Social and Economic Science Program Award’ in 2009 and was offered the ‘Julies Career Award’ in 2013.

Qureshi, M.E., Ahmad, M., Whitten, M, Reeson, A, and Kirby, M. (2015), Impact of climate variability including drought on the residual value of irrigation water across the Murray–Darling Basin, Australia, Water Economics and Policy, 2(2), DOI: 10.1142/S2382624X15500204.

Grafton, R.Q., Daugbjerg, C., and Qureshi, M.E. (2015) Towards food security by 2050. Food Security, Special issue: Feeding 9 billion by 2050, DOI 10.1007/s12571-015-0445-x

Qureshi, M.E., Dixon, J., and Wood, M. (2015) Public policies for improving food and nutrition security at different scales. Food Security, Special Issue: Feeding 9 billion by 2050, DOI 10.1007/s12571-015-0443-z

Kirby, M., Bark, R., Connor, J., Qureshi, M.E., Keyworth, S. (2014) Sustainable irrigation: How did irrigated agriculture in Australia's Murray–Darling Basin adapt in the Millennium Drought? Agricultural Water Management, DOI:10.1016/j.agwat.2014.02.013 · 2.29.

Barron, O., Ali, R., Hodgson, G., Smith, D., Qureshi, M.E., McFarlane, D., Campose, E., Zarzo, D. (2015), Feasibility assessment of desalination application in Australian traditional agriculture, Desalination, 364: 33-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2014.07.024

Qureshi, M. E., Whitten, S. M., and Franklin, B. (2014) Impacts of climate change on the irrigation sector in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Water Resources and Economics, http://dxdoi.org/10.1016/j.wre.2013.12.00

Qureshi, M. E., and Whitten, S. M. (2014). Regional impact of climate variability and adaptation options in the southern Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Water Resources and Economics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wre.2013.1002.

Poddar, R., Qureshi, M.E. and Shi, T. (2014) A Comparison of Water Policies for Sustainable Irrigation Management: The Case of India and Australia, Water Resources Management, 28(4): 1079-1094.

Qureshi, M.E. Hanjra, M. and Ward, J. (2013), Impact of water scarcity in Australia on global food security in an era of climate change, Food Policy, 38(136-145).

Qureshi, M.E., Whitten, S., Mainuddin, M., Marvanek, S., Elmahdi, A. (2013), A biophysical and economic model of agriculture and water in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia, Environmental Modelling & Software, 41(98-106).

Payder, Z., and Qureshi, M. E. (2012), Irrigation water management in uncertain conditions—Application of Modern Portfolio Theory, Agricultural Water Management, 115: 47-54.

Guillaume, J., Qureshi, M. E.; Jakeman, T. (2012), A structured analysis of uncertainty surrounding modeled impacts of groundwater-extraction rules, Hydrogeology Journal, Special issue: Economics of Groundwater Management, 20(5): 915-932.

Qureshi, M.E., Reeson, A., Reinelt, P. Brozović, N. Whitten, S. (2012), Factors determining the economic value of groundwater, Hydrogeology Journal, Special issue: Economics of Groundwater Management, 20(5): 817-820.

Reinelt, P., Brozović, N., Qureshi, M.E. and Hellegers, P. (2012), Preface: Economics of groundwater management, Hydrogeology Journal, Special issue: Economics of Groundwater Management, 20(5): 821-82

Rawluk, A., Curtis, A., Sharp, E., Kelly, B., Jakeman, A., Ross, A., Arshad, M., Brodie, R., Pollino, C., Sinclair, D., Croke, B. and Qureshi, M. E. (2012), Managed aquifer recharge in farming landscapes using large floods: an opportunity to improve outcomes for the Murray-Darling Basin? Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, iFirst, 1-15.

Qureshi, M.E., Proctor, W., Young, M. Wittwer, G. (2012), The economic impact of increased population and reduced water supply in Australia: a computable general equilibrium analysis, Economic Papers, 31(1): 87-102.

Qureshi, M.E., Ahmad, M. Whitten S. and Kirby M. (2014) A multi-period positive mathematical programming model for assessing economic impact of drought in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia, Economic Modelling, 39: 293-304.

Qureshi M. E, Grafton, Q. Kirby, M. and Hanjra, M.H(2011) Understanding irrigation water use efficiency at different scales for better policy reform, Water Policy, 13(1): 1-17.

Qureshi, M.E. Ranjan, R. and Qureshi, S.E. (2010) An empirical assessment of the value of water: A Case Study in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 54:99-118.

Qureshi, M.E. Schwabe, K, Connor, J. and Kirby, M. (2010) Environmental water incentive policy and return flow, Water Resources Research, 46: W04517, doi:10.1029/2008WR007445.

Hanjra, M. and Qureshi, M.E. (2010), Global water crisis and future food security in an era of climate change, Food Policy, 35(5): 365-377.