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Dr Risti Permani



Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness


Faculty of Business and Law


BL Deakin Business School


Warrnambool Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide, 2010
Master of Economics, University of Adelaide, 2005
Bachelor of Science, Bogor Inst. of Agricultural, 2004

+61 3 924 68173


Risti Permani is a Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness in the Department of Economics in Deakin Business School. Risti is responsible for developing the teaching, research and community engagement program of Deakin Business School in the area of agribusiness.

Prior to this, between 2016 and 2018, Risti was the Head of Analysis and Monitoring on Trade, Industry and Emerging Issues Division at the ASEAN Secretariat leading her Division to develop and implement research programs to support the deepening of economic integration. Risti was also servicing the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations involving 16 participating countries and represented the ASEAN Secretariat at various regional fora outside ASEAN including at the APEC Senior Official Meetings.

Between 2013 and 2016, Risti was a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Global Food and Resources at the University of Adelaide where she taught Master of Global Food and Agribusiness students. She did her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Economics between 2010 and 2013 focusing her research on agricultural trade in Asia while serving as a course coordinator and lecturer for East Asian Economies course.  

Risti has undertaken extensive research on agriculture and trade in the Asian region in particular research on smallholder-inclusive agrifood value chains in Asia; dairy and beef cattle sectors; live cattle trade; and school milk programs in Indonesia. During her time at the ASEAN Secretariat, she also has conducted policy analysis in the areas of global value chains, free trade agreements, good regulatory practice, investment, and global megatrends as well as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Research interests

  • Agricultural trade policy
  • Inclusive food value chains
  • The impacts of technologies on food and agribusiness
  • Development economics

Teaching interests

  • Agribusiness
  • International trade
  • Development economics

Units taught

  • MAB251 - Agribusiness Resource Management 
  • MAB242 - Agribusiness Governance
  • MAB352 - Agribusiness Technology
  • MAB341 - Global Challenges: Food, Water and Climate
  • MAB353 - Applied Agribusiness Project


  • Industry Engagement Award, Department of Economics, Deakin University, 2019
  • The Executive Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide, 2014
  • The Faculty of Professions University of Adelaide Women’s Fellowship, University of Adelaide, 2013
  • The University of Adelaide Postdoctoral Fellowship in Economics, 2010-2012 


AgIR - Advancing Innovations and Resilience in Agricultural Youth

Dr Risti Permani

2019: $30,000

Australia Indonesia Value Chain Mapping

Ms Rose Elphick-Darling, Dr Risti Permani, Ms Helena Michaels

2019: $51,800


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Identifying opportunities in the midst of global megatrends: a tool for policymakers

R Permani, Ma Sadicon, Ruth Mahyassari

(2017), pp. 142-170, Global megatrends: implications for ASEAN economic community, Jakarta, Indonesia, B1-1

book chapter

Indonesian livestock policy: Lessons for self-sufficiency

R Permani, N Setyoko, R Trewin, D Vanzetti

(2016), pp. 81-114, Crucial agricultural policy : analysis of key threats to food security, Hackensack, N.J., B1-1

book chapter

Rice mountain: assessment of the Thai rice pledging program

R Permani, D Vanzetti

(2016), Vol. 47, pp. 273-284, Agricultural economics, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Optimal export tax rates of cocoa beans: a vector error correction model approach

R Permani

(2013), Vol. 57, pp. 579-600, Australian journal of agricultural and resource economics, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Determinants of relative demand for imported beef and a review of livestock self-sufficiency in Indonesia

R Permani

(2013), Vol. 30, pp. 294-308, Journal of Southeast Asian economies, Singapore, C1-1

journal article

The impacts of trade liberalisation and technological change on GDP growth in Indonesia: a meta regression analysis

R Permani

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 1-29, Global economy journal, Berlin, Germany, C1-1

journal article

The presence of religious organisations, religious attendance and earnings: evidence from Indonesia

R Permani

(2011), Vol. 40, pp. 247-258, The journal of socio-economics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

AgIR - Advancing Innovations and Resilience in Agricultural Youth

Dr Risti Permani

  • 2019: $30,000


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