Professor Kevin Parton has 35 years of teaching, research, research management and research training experience in a range of organisations, including universities, Australian and Canadian Government agencies and international research organisations.
He obtained his Bachelors degree in commerce from the University of Liverpool, followed by an MSc in agricultural economics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a PhD from the University of New England. He has completed research projects in a number of countries including the EU, Australian, Canada, Ethiopia, Kenya, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea. In 1992 he won the Sir John Crawford Award for extension of research methods in agricultural research institutes in Papua New Guinea. Professor Parton has published over 100 internationally refereed journal articles and received over $1.5 million in competitive grant funding.
Professor Parton has research interests in both agricultural and health economics. As Director of the Centre for Health Research and Development, he was instrumental in the introduction of the professional doctorate in health services management at the University of New England. After more than 20 years at the University of New England, he moved as Head of School to the University of Guelph in Canada. In 2001 he was appointed Foundation Dean of Sydney University's Faculty of Rural Management. He held this post until 2005 when the Faculty was transferred to Charles Sturt University. He is now a Strategic Professor in the Institute for Land, Water and Society, and Head, Orange Campus.
He teaches courses in market research and quantitative analysis, and his current major research interests are in the economics of climate change policy, and social and health aspects of adaptation to climate change. Professor Parton is a Fellow of the Australian Farm Business Management Network and editor of the Australian Farm Business Management Journal.
‘Three raindrops and some dust’: combining archival and GIS analysis to map the spatial distribution of the impact of the Federation Drought of 1895–1903 in rural New South Wales