Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins

Associate Professor Vaughan Higgins

BA (Hons), PhD

Profile

Vaughan's research focuses broadly on the governance and sustainability of Australian agriculture. Informed by post-realist analytical approaches – such as governmentality, actor network theory and assemblage thinking - his work is aimed at understanding how agricultural policy and programmes are implemented on the ground, and the ways in which landholders respond to, negotiate or resist attempts to change their practices. Vaughan's research has examined implementation and adoption issues across a range of regional and industry settings including the beef, grains and dairy sectors.

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Teaching

  • Advanced Sociological Theory
  • Sociology of Health and Health Care
  • Rural Sociology

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Research interests

Governance and sustainability related to the agriculture and food sectors; agri-environmental regulation; biosecurity; neoliberal governance; sociology of science and technology.

Current research projects 

  • Investigating Drivers of Biosecurity Engagement and Approaches for Improving this Engagement among Egg Producers in Australia ($221,643). Funded by Australian Egg Corporation Limited.
  • CRC for High Performance Soils (CSU participant – Program 1) ($39,000,000). Funded by Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • Biosecurity in the Peri-Urban Area of Sydney: Social Research Study ($98,958). Funded by New South Wales Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development.

Overdependence on Agrichemicals ($75,000 – CSU). Collaborative project with Central West Farming Systems. Funded by the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

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Recent books (since 2010)

  • Miele, M., Higgins, V., Bjørkhaug, H. and Truninger, M. (eds) (forthcoming 2017) Transforming the Rural: Global Processes and Local Futures, Volume 24: Research in Rural Sociology and Development Series. Bingley, UK: Emerald.
  • Higgins, V. and Larner, W. (eds) (2017) Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Farmar-Bowers, Q., Higgins, V. and Millar, J. (eds) (2012) Food Security in Australia: Challenges and Prospects for the Future, New York: Springer.
  • Higgins, V. and Larner, W. (eds) (2010) Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Recent articles and book chapters (since 2010)

  • Higgins, V., Bryant, M., Hernández-Jover, M., Rast, L. and McShane, C. (in press) Devolved responsibility and on-farm biosecurity: practices of biosecure farming care in livestock production, Sociologia Ruralis.
  • Chirozva, C., Black, R. and Higgins, V. (in press) 'A place of pain and gain': exploring the dynamics of resistance and negotiation in the creation of the Sengwe Tshipise Wilderness Corridor, Southeast Zimbabwe, Society and Natural Resources.
  • Sikder, M.J.U. and Higgins, V. (2017) Remittances and social resilience of migrant households in rural Bangladesh, Migration and Development, 6(2): 253-275.
  • Higgins, V. and Larner, W. (2017) Introduction: assembling neoliberalism, in V. Higgins and W. Larner (eds), Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects, New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 1-19.
  • Larner, W. and Higgins, V. (2017) Conclusion: awkward assemblages, in V. Higgins and W. Larner (eds), Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects, New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 305-312.
  • Enticott, G. and Higgins, V. (2017) Mapping neoliberalism: animal health and the spatial practices of disease management, in V. Higgins and W. Larner (eds), Assembling Neoliberalism: Expertise, Practices, Subjects, New York: Palgrave Macmillan: 171-193.
  • Hernández-Jover, M., Higgins, V., Bryant, M., Rast, L. and McShane, C. (2016) Farm biosecurity practices and the management of emergency animal disease among commercial beef producers in Australia, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 134: 92-102.
  • Richards, C. and Higgins, V. (2016) Trade liberalisation and Australian biosecurity: opportunities and challenges under the 'Shared Responsibility' approach, Farm Policy Journal, 13(3): 1-9.
  • Higgins, V., Bryant, M., Hernández-Jover, M., McShane, C. and Rast, L. (2016) Harmonising devolved responsibility for biosecurity governance: The challenge of competing institutional logics, Environment and Planning A, 48(6): 1133-1151.
  • Higgins, V., Dibden, J. and Cocklin, C. (2015) Private agri-food governance and greenhouse gas abatement: Constructing a corporate carbon economy, Geoforum, 66: 75-84
  • Higgins, V., Dibden, J., Potter, C., Moon, K. and Cocklin, C. (2014) Payments for ecosystem services, neoliberalisation, and the hybrid governance of land management in Australia, Journal of Rural Studies, 36: 463-474.
  • Higgins, V. (2014) Australia's developmental trajectory: Neoliberal or not? Dialogues in Human Geography, 4(2): 161-164.
  • Ransom, E., Bain, C. and Higgins, V. (2013) Private agri-food standards: Supply chains and the governance of standards, International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 20(2): 147-154.
  • Bain, C., Ransom, E. and Higgins, V. (2013) Private agri-food standards: Contestation, hybridity and the politics of standards, International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food, 20(1): 1-10.
  • Higgins, V., Bryant, M., Kitto, S. and Villanueva, E. (2013) Managing and avoiding delay in operating theatres: a qualitative, observational study', Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 19: 162-166.
  • Higgins, V., Dibden, J. and Cocklin, C. (2012) Market instruments and the neoliberalisation of land management in rural Australia, Geoforum, 43: 377-386.
  • Maye, D., Dibden, J., Higgins, V. and Potter, C. (2012) Governing biosecurity in a neoliberal world: comparative perspectives from Australia and the United Kingdom, Environment and Planning A, 44: 150-168.
  • Farmar-Bowers, Q., Higgins, V. and Millar, J. (2012) Introduction: the food security problem in Australia, in Q. Farmar-Bowers, V. Higgins and J. Millar (eds), Food Security in Australia: Challenges and Prospects for the Future, New York: Springer, pp.1-17.
  • Farmar-Bowers, Q., Higgins, V. and Millar, J. (2012) Final word: Australia's food security challenges, in Q. Farmar-Bowers, V. Higgins and J. Millar (eds), Food Security in Australia: Challenges and Prospects for the Future, New York: Springer, pp.443-448.
  • Dibden, J., Higgins, V. and Cocklin, C. (2011) Harmonising the governance of farming risks: the regulation and contestation of agricultural biosecurity and biotechnology in Australia, Australian Geographer, 42(2): 105-122.
  • Higgins, V. and Dibden, J. (2011) Biosecurity, trade liberalisation and the (anti)politics of risk analysis: the Australia-New Zealand apples dispute, Environment and Planning A, 43: 393-409.
  • Nestel, D., Cooper, S., Bryant, M., Higgins, V., Tabak, D., Murtagh, G. and Barraclough, B. (2011) Communication challenges in surgical oncology', Surgical Oncology, 20: 155-161.
  • Andree, P., Dibden, J., Higgins, V. and Cocklin, C. (2010) Competitive productivism and Australia's emerging 'Alternative' agri-food networks: producing for farmers' markets in Victoria and beyond', Australian Geographer, 41(3): 307-322.
  • Higgins, V., Dibden, J. and Cocklin, C. (2010) Adapting standards: the case of environmental management systems in Australia, in V. Higgins and W. Larner (eds), Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 167-184.
  • Higgins, V. and Larner, W. (2010) Standards and standardization as a social scientific problem, in V. Higgins and W. Larner (eds), Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-17.
  • Higgins, V. and Larner, W. (2010) From standardization to standardizing work, in V. Higgins and W. Larner (eds), Calculating the Social: Standards and the Reconfiguration of Governing, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 205-218.
  • Bryant, M. and Higgins, V. (2010) Self confessed troublemakers: an interactionist view of deviance during organizational change', Human Relations, 63(2): 249-277.
  • Kitto, S. and Higgins, V. (2010) Working around ERPs in technological universities, Science, Technology and Human Values, 35(1): 29-54.

Conference Proceedings (since 2010)

  • Higgins, V., Love, C., Dunn, T. and Lemerle, D. (2015) Why do farmers partially adopt conservation farming practices: A sociological study of stubble retention in NSW and Victoria, Proceedings of the 17th Australian Agronomy Conference, 20-24 September 2015, Hobart. Available online at http://www.agronomy2015.com.au.
  • Lemerle, D., Hume, I., Nugent, T., Higgins, V. et al. (2015) Developing conservation agricultural innovations and practice change: A model for future research, development, extension and training in a brave new world, Proceedings of the 17th Australian Agronomy Conference, 20-24 September 2015, Hobart. Available online at http://www.agronomy2015.com.au.

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