I am Deputy Dean (Faculty) at the Faculty of Business & Economics, The University of Melbourne
In September 2016, I started in a new role as Deputy Dean (Faculty) at the Faculty of Business & Economics. In this capacity, I am the Program Manager for the Bachelor of Commerce undergraduate degree, and also manage the Faculty’s hiring decisions.
I completed my PhD in industrial economics at the Australian Graduate School of Management – then a faculty of both University of Sydney and University of New South Wales. I was initially employed at the Melbourne Institute in 2003 as a Research Fellow, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2006, Principal Research Fellow in 2009, and then Professorial Fellow in 2012.
In 2015 I was appointed Chair in Public Policy & Engagement at the Melbourne Institute, and was Acting Director of the Melbourne Institute. From 2013-15 I was Assistant Director at the Melbourne School of Government (MSoG), and Research Director, Melbourne Innovation and Entrepreneurship Network (MIEN).
Since 2015 I have contributed as Research Director (Innovation) at the EU Centre for Shared Complex Challenges and an Adjunct Professor and Swinburne University of Technology. In 2016 I became a Board Member on the Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference (APIC). I also served as Co-Editor of the Australian Economic Review from 2011-16.
I endeavour to solve real-world problems and improve productivity via better public policy in Australia.
The ultimate goal of my research is to incorporate the lessons learnt through my research in innovation policy into policymakers’ decision-making processes. This research is focused on issues such as the optimal design of the patent system and its effects on inducing R&D investment, and on attempts to harmonise international patent examination procedures.
I have also made a significant contribution in the area of outsourcing/contracting out of government services, which was the subject of my PhD thesis (started under the guidance of Professor Simon Domberger).