Ben Wills extended research

LocationMt Helen,
Building B,
Phone03 5327 6759

Research Interests

Food System Innovation, Alternative Food Systems, Food Security, Social Entrepreneurship, Collaborative Business Models

Research Projects

  • Food Agility CRC Project, Finance for Sustainable Agribusiness Adaptation
  • Soil CRC Project, Activating Financial Markets to Reward Soil Stewardship
  • Soil CRC Project, Collaborative Approaches to Innovation
  • Grains Research and Development Association Online Farm Trials portal
  • ARC Industrial Transformation Hub Project: Sense-T ‘Pathways to Market’ - Data integration and impact assessment for Tasmanian grass-fed beef value chain
  • ARC Industrial Transformation Hub Project: Sense T ‘Pathways to Market - Development of a live product traceability system for the Southern Rock Lobster Industry


  • Craig Hurley – Waste-To-Energy in Australian Agribusiness (current)
  • Mathew Frith – A History of the American School of Economic Thought (current)


Journal Articles

Wills, B (2017) “Eating at the limits: Barriers to the emergence of social enterprise initiatives in the Australian emergency food relief sector”, Food Policy, 70 pp. 62-70. doi:10.1016/j.foodpol.2017.06.001 ISSN 0306-9192 [Refereed Article]

Wills, B and Arundel, A (2017) “Internet-enabled access to alternative food networks: A comparison of online and offline food shoppers and their differing interpretations of quality”, Agriculture and Human Values pp. 1-12. doi:10.1007/s10460-017-9771-2 ISSN 0889-048X

Book Chapters

Wills B., Sidsaph H. (2021) Alternative Food Networks/Slow Food. In: Harris P., Bitonti A., Fleisher C.S., Binderkrantz A.S. (eds) The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Interest Groups, Lobbying and Public Affairs. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Wills, B (2014) “King Island”, A Field Guide to Tasmanian Produce, The Field Institute, Hagan J, Palmer A, Chau M, Mundy L, Russo R, Deutrom K and Wills, B (ed), Melbourne

Conference Publications

Wills B, Parker J, Robinson N, et al.: Improving the FAIRness of Australia’s grains research sector data. In: Proceedings of the 2019 Agronomy Australia Conference. August 2019, Wagga Wagga, Australia. 2019; 25–29

Sidsaph, H., Wills, B., & Alexander, R. (2018). ‘Reflections on using Social Network Analysis of Twitter connections in Alternative Food Networks in Chester , UK and Ballarat, Australia: A participant selection strategy’. Royal Geography Society with IBGs, 28-31 August, Cardiff University, Cardiff UK

Wills, B (2016) “Let them pay for cake: considering social enterprise business models for emergency food relief in Australia”, Food Politics: From the Margins to the Mainstream - Book of Abstracts, 30 June-1July 2016, Hobart, Australia, pp. 40.

Wills, B (2015) “Countercultural convenience: access to ‘alternative' food system quality attributes online”, XXVI ESRS Congress Book of Abstracts: Places of Possibility? Rural Societies in a Neoliberal World, 18-21 August 2015, Aberdeen, Scotland, pp. 46.

Other Public Output

Bonney, L and Turner, P and Wills, BD and Mirowski, LT and Vo, SA (2017) “Traceability Systems for Wild Caught Lobster, Via Sense-T and Pathways to Market”, Fisheries Research Development Council, Deakin, ACT [Government or Industry Research]

Wills, BD (2011) “Source Tasmania”, A Feasibility Study, Australian Innovation Research Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-35. [Report Other]