I am an economist and Fellow/Senior Policy Fellow (~advanced Assistant Professor in the U.S.) at the Development Policy Centre and the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. My research interests lie at the intersection of development economics, international trade, and the environment. Currently, I am focused on global agricultural value chains, a large conditional cash transfer experiment to curtail forest fires in Indonesia, Pacific labor mobility, and more. I also lead the Economic Development stream of the Pacific Research Program, a collaboration between the Development Policy Centre, the Department of Pacific Affairs, and the Lowy Institute.

I completed my Ph.D. in Economics at the ANU and subsequently held academic appointments in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College and the Center on Food Security and Environment at Stanford University. Prior to and during my doctoral study I worked in the Australian Government—mostly on fiscal, education, and evaluation policy—and global development research and projects across the Asia-Pacific at the Foundation for Development Cooperation.

I convene the Economics PhD seminars at the Crawford School. Guidelines are here. I have compiled a set of tips and other resources covering the key parts of the research component of your PhD, except for the international academic economics job market (which I am happy to also discuss, and which may be added later).

I am currently considering excellent Economics PhD and Masters Research Essay students, particularly those interested in working on Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.


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