Researcher biography

Risti Permani joined the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland as a Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness in end-2021. Risti has undertaken extensive research in Australia and Asia, particularly in Indonesia on topics such as the livestock policy, Australia-Indonesia beef and dairy supply chains, agricultural trade, the adoption of agricultural innovations by smallholder producers, and agrifood e-commerce, and has been a Principal Investigator in several international development projects.

Prior to her current role, Risti was a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics, Deakin University, serving as the main focal point for Deakin Business School’s involvement in teaching, research, and community engagement in the areas of agribusiness. Between 2016 and 2018, Risti was an Assistant Director of the ASEAN Integration Monitoring Directorate at the ASEAN Secretariat. After completing her postdoctoral fellowship in agriculture economics in 2012 at the School of Economics, the University of Adelaide, between 2013 and 2016 Risti was a Research Fellow/Lecturer at the Centre for Global Food and Resources, the University of Adelaide.

Risti has a PhD and Master in Economics from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Science in Statistics (minor in Agricultural Economics) from IPB University. She is a co-founder of AgLive Indonesia, a not-for-profit, agriculture-focused initiative aiming to foster innovation and resilience in Australian and Indonesian agriculture and empower the role of youth as the catalyst of change in agriculture.

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