Researcher biography

IT in Business, particularly Agribusiness supply and value chains

Kim has a background in industry and government research specialising in the use of information technology in agricultural production and agribusiness – particularly in relation to the value adding potential for electronic technologies across agri-industry chains in Production, Electronic Supply Chain, Food Traceability Systems, and Cold Chain Logistics. Her book "E Issues in Agribusiness, the What, Why How" is published through CABI International in the UK.

Kim's main research expertise is in supply/value chain analysis across whole of agrifood industry chains, and in using agent based modelling to construct supply chain risk assessment and performance management scenarios. Four recent Projects have been in 1) Modelling agrifood supply chains as complex systems; 2) Developing risk assessment and performance management criteria in internal business supply chains; 3) Developing a Hybrid Value Chain Framework (HVCF) as a tool for investigating economic development through agrifood chains in small scale societies, and 4) Analysis of the Australian Beef Industry Supply Chain in relation to new technology development.

Most recently (May 2013), Kim is part of the successful ARC Transformational Training Hub application in Food Science, Sensory Science and Agribusiness, as a CI leading the Agribusiness Theme.

Teaching-wise Kim won the UQ Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004, an AAUT Award in 2005 and a Carrick Award in 2007.

In 2012 Kim became the Associate Dean Academic for the Science Faculty, focusing on the Schools of Agriculture and Food Science, Vet Science and Geography & Environmental Management.

In March 2013 Kim successfully completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course with the view to engaging further with governance activities within UQ and at Board Level in Agribusiness based companies. On May 25 2013 the Federal Minister of Agriculture announced the Board Membership of the Food Innovation Precinct Board with Kim on that Board representing the Research community.