Monthly Archives: November 2012

Join the Spring road trip to rural NSW! – final 2012 trip


Thank you for your interest in Australian farming and tree planting for energy. I came to Australia in 2010 to learn from Australians, and specially,  Australian farmers. I am now organising the final field trip related to my PhD.  I have invited different groups of people and organisations to join me. The plan is to talk to those farmers who do not usually answer  mail out surveys and to get a balanced picture of their views about tree planting for energy purposes.

Here is the formal invite, if you are interested, please reply to my email below.

Volunteers needed for Research about planting trees for energy in New South Wales (NSW)

Aim of research: This research seeks to investigate farmers’ perceptions of the economics of tree planting for energy purposes across NSW. The methodology consists on surveys and semi-structured interviews with farmers in areas where planting trees for energy and/or carbon farming has been promoted by local governments and/or private organizations.

As part of this research, I have travelled to NSW country side to interview farmers on various dates. To date, I have done a couple of pilots and participated in field days with the first group of volunteers at Canowindra, Condobolin, Bribbaree  and Morongla. Five volunteers joined me at the Australian National Field Days in Orange (16-18 October). We collected 160 surveys and we had a great inter-university and multidisciplinary team from ADFA at the University of New South Wales, University of Western Sydney, Charles Sturt University and ANU (Fenner School) signed up. Thank you for joining!

I would like to invite  people with an interest in forest, agriculture or energy policy and practice, seeking to deepen their knowledge in research methods or seeking first-hand experience in interviewing and survey methods, to participate as research assistants for my last trip to Young at the National Cherry Festival.

I am looking for 4 to 5 people to join:

You are not required to come to all days. Those days which suit you best should suffice. Note that all expenses and logistics will be taken care of. This research has received ethics clearance by the Australian National University, is sponsored by the CSIRO Energy Transformed flagship and the Crawford School of Public Policy. You will also receive a letter detailing the help provided in the research undertaken after successful completion.

My network of international research contacts is extensive and I can provide assistance with career advice, mainly related to agroforestry/natural resource management opportunities abroad, in particular in Kenya and Peru.

To submit your interest, call me: mobile 0466.251623 or email to: with your available dates.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Sandra Velarde
PhD Scholar, ANU and
I am a Peruvian Forest engineer, ecological economist and agvocator, with 8 years’ experience in international research for development, specialized in carbon, biodiversity, socio-economic trade-offs and scenarios, climate change and REDD+.  I have worked with FAO (Rome, Italy), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) (Nairobi, Kenya), Center for International Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) (Belem, Brazil), of the CGIAR and the National Science and Technology Council (Lima, Peru), among others.