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Dr Benjamin Wills

Lecturer, Management

Federation Business School




Mt Helen Campus, Online


Dr Ben Wills is Lecturer in Management within the Federation Business School, where he teaches entrepreneurship and innovation related subjects. Dr Wills has expertise in the disciplines of management, human geography and economics.

Ben is primarily focused on government and industry funded research projects exploring how information and communication technologies can enable more sustainable and transparent food systems. These include the Australian Research Council funded Pathways-to-Market project, the Grains Research and Development Corporation funded Online Farm Trials project and the Soil CRC funded Collaborative Approaches to Innovation project. He has also conducted research into the application of novel social enterprise business models within the context of Australia’s emergency food relief sector.

As well as authoring numerous industry reports, Ben’s research has been published in highly ranked, peer-reviewed academic journals including Food Policy and Agriculture and Human Values.

Improving the FAIRness of Australia’s grains research sector data

Across Australia’s arable landscapes, thousands of crop trials have been conducted to improve...

  • Conference Proceedings

Online Farm Trials (OFT) – the past, present and future

Online Farm Trials (OFT) ( is a free web-based resource and trial discovery...

  • Conference Proceedings

Eating at the limits: Barriers to the emergence of social enterprise initiatives in the Australian emergency food relief sector

This article explores the absence of social enterprise responses to food insecurity in Australia....

Internet-enabled access to alternative food networks: A comparison of online and offline food shoppers and their differing interpretations of quality

Online food retail has the potential to broaden access to systems of food provision which promote...