Researcher biography

Mark Neal was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney, examining the economics of New Zealand dairy production through the optimisation of a whole-farm model. Advanced techniques including evolutionary algorithms and distributed computing were used in the optimisation approach. He has previously worked in Canberra at the Productivity Commission, the Australian Government's principal review and advisory body on microeconomic policy and regulation. His current work includes analysing the potential costs of regulation designed to improve environmental outcomes and the optimal input choice for a range of farm systems.