Associate Professor Harpinder Sandhu

Academic Status

College of Science and Engineering

place Earth Sciences (ES204)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a transdisciplinary scientist with research interests in studying the interactions between society and the environment. My current research focuses on measuring social, human and natural capital for the transformation of agriculture and food systems towards sustainability. I am contributing to the Scientific and Economic Foundations Report of the TEEBAgriFood hosted by the UN Environment, Geneva. I am Principal Investigator on several farm level studies applying True Cost Accounting in agriculture systems. I am nominated by the Australian Government to the United Nations Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) as an expert and has been a lead author in Pollination Report and Asia Pacific Regional Assessment. I also served on the Advisory Panel on Agroecology in Asia Pacific region at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and expert at the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Network (BES-NET) Asia Pacific, United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

My research focus is on understanding the complex socio-ecological and economic dimensions of ecosystem services with their implications for equitable and sustainable development. I am also interested in land use and land cover change and its impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services.


PhD Agro-ecology (Ecosystem Services) Lincoln University, New Zealand 2007.
M.Sc. Agriculture (Plant Breeding & Genetics): Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, 1998.
B.Sc. Agriculture (Hons): GND University, Amritsar, India, 1995.

Topic coordinator
ENVS9701 Sustainable Environmental Management
ENVS8781 Skills for Environmental Professionals GE
ENVS2751 Skills for Environmental Professionals
Topic lecturer
ENVS3750 Field Studies in Environmental Disciplines
Supervisory interests
Agribusiness and environment interactions
Biodiversity and conservation
Ecosystem services
Livelihoods in biodiversity rich areas
Post production environment futures
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Ecosystem services (1), Agricultural supply chain (1)
Expert for media contact
Ecosystem services
Poverty and Environment Interactions
True cost of food
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Media expertise
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystems
  • Environment
  • Ecosystem services
  • Poverty and Environment Interactions
  • True cost of food