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Federation Business School

Dr Ben Wills extended research profile

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]