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Professor Steven Underhill


  • Bio/Profile
  • Steven Underhill specialises in subtropical and tropical postharvest horticulture systems in developing countries, based on poverty alleviation and livelihood development outcomes. His current research program focuses on the South Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Kiribati) where he works with smallholder farmers to improve their postharvest handling and quality management systems. Working closely with colleagues at the Fiji National University, the University of the South Pacific, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and the World Vegetable Centre, Taiwan, much of his research is conducted in the Pacific. Steven is Professor of Horticulture and Director of the Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR) at USC, also holding a Principal Research Fellowship at The Scientific Research Organization of Samoa, an Adjunct Foundation Professorship of Horticulture at the School of Natural Resources and Applied Sciences, Solomon Islands National University, and an Adjunct Professorship of Horticulture at the Fiji National University. In 2010, Steven was awarded an Australian Day Medal for services to Queensland Primary Industry. Most notably, Steven has secured many large research grants valued at over $20 million from ACIAR and FAO to develop Horticultural livelihoods in country through his Pacific Island partners, so his research is characterised by the achievement of high impact outcomes.