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Staff Profile

Associate Professor Fay Rola-Rubzen

Position Deputy Dean, Research & Development
Faculty Curtin Business School (CBS)
School CBS Research and Development
Campus Technology Park
Location 616.HDR Unit
Phone +61 8 9266 2122
Fax +61 8 9266 7694
Email F.Rola-Rubzen@curtin.edu.au

Overview

Fay is the Deputy Dean - Research and Development for Curtin Business School (CBS). She provides leadership and direction to the Higher Degree by Research Unit at Curtin Business School. Fay also chairs the CBS Graduate Studies Committee and represents CBS at the University Graduate Studies Committee.

Fay is an agricultural economist and socio-economist with more than 25 years experience in international development in various countries in the Asia-Pacific region. She has vast experience in rural development, gender analysis, food security & poverty reduction, capacity building, community development, participatory action research, improving market access, SMEs, economic modeling & policy analysis and project monitoring and impact evaluation. Fay had been Consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). She was also a member of consulting teams for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank.

Fay first joined Curtin University in 1998 working with Muresk Institute where she played a major role in the development and promotion of flexible teaching and learning and research. Over the years, she participated in several research projects including projects on gender, migration and off-farm work; women in agriculture; gender & leadership; gender, climate change & food security; improving supply chains of agri-food commodities; improving efficiency of agribusiness & farming systems (including crop and livestock systems), desert businesses and Australian MSMEs. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Dean, CBS R&D, Fay was the Higher Degree by Research Academic Coordinator at Curtin Business School. She also lectured in research methods, agricultural economics and policy, applied statistics and operations research for agribusiness (econometrics and mathematical programming).

Fay has also published in a number of scholarly journals and has also written several book chapters, research reports, monographs and conference papers.

Fay has successfully led several research projects and since joining Curtin has won over $23 million in R&D grants as project leader and/or as part of research teams. She initiated the Women in Rural Leadership (WiRL) program and was the project leader of a Public Sector Linkage Project funded by DFAT on building the capacity of Mongolian public sector officials in pro-poor sustainable development. She was also the Australian Project Leader of a project looking at incorporation of gender into climate resilient crop-livestock systems research to accelerate food security in Africa. Currently, Fay's projects include 'Using ICTs to enhance adoption of new agricultural technologies and innovations in the Eastern Gangetic Plains' and 'Sustainable and Resilient Farming Systems Intensification in the Eastern Gangetic Plains' in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Fay is an active supervisor of postgraduate students and has successfully supervised several PhD and Masters students to completion.

Memberships, Awards and Training

Awards

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Research Fields

Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

Economics

Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services

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Research Interests

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Publications

2016

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2003

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2002

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2001

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Additional publication categories

2014

Book Chapters - Other

  • Dayaram, K., and M. F. Rola-Rubzen. 2014. “Indigenous leadership in practice: context and culture.” In Australian Indigenous Employability Education and Entrepreneurship. Exploring the Issues in a Compendium of case Studies., ed. Cecil A L Pearson, John Burgess, Kantha Dayaram, 74-85. Australia: unknown.
  • Morgan, H., G. Singleton, and M. F. Rola-Rubzen. 2014. “Maintaining core business and key drivers in mining-Indigenous partnerships: releasing value through recognising difference..” In Australian Indigenous Employability, Education and Entrepreneurship: Exploring the Issues in a Compendium of Case Studies, ed. Cecil A L Pearson, John Burgess, Kantha Dayaram, 61-73. Australia: Pearson.

2007

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

1999

Books (Research) - Other

  • Rola-Rubzen, M. F., and B. Hardaker. 1999. Rethinking Development: Refocusing Strategies on What Matters. Muresk Institute of Agriculture, Northam: Muresk Institute of Agriculture.
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Current Research Projects

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