About the Centre for Economic and Regional Development

The Centre for Economic and Regional Development (CERD) was established in December 2016.

Based in Orange, the CERD was formed to lead economic and regional development policy and analytics. The centre will provide insightful real time analysis for industry, government, peak bodies and more broadly anyone with an interest in economic development issues.

Guided by a Chief Economist and advised by an Expert Panel from across Australia and internationally, the centre will be run by staff with a range of experience in public policy and economics.

Our team

Dr Andrew Stoeckel

Chief Economist, Dr Andrew Stoeckel

PhD (Ec), Duke University, BAgSc, University of Adelaide, BEc, University of Adelaide

Andrew Stoeckel is the founding Chairman of the Centre of International Economics and one of Australia’s leading economists. He received his PhD from Duke University in 1978 and his thesis was to build a small general equilibrium model to analyse Australia’s mineral industry. From 1981–86 he was Director (Head), Australian Bureau of Agricultural Economics (ABARE), Canberra — the largest economic research agency in Australia and one of the largest in the world. He is a specialist in trade policy analysis and the international economy and has initiated and directed programs of research which have included studies of European policies and international trade that have received world acclaim. He has over thirty publications to his credit.

Expert panel

Dr Janine Dixon

PhD (University of Dublin -Trinity College) BEcHons (Monash)

Dr Janine Dixon is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) at Victoria University. Prior to joining CoPS in 2007 she worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (1997-2002) where she was the manager of various surveys of the service industries in Australia.

Janine’s interests include the theory and practical application of large scale dynamic computable general equilibrium (CGE) models. She has worked extensively with the Vic Uni, VUMR (formerly MMRF) and TERM models of the Australian economy, undertaking economic consultations for various public and private sector clients in Australia and internationally.

Janine is a member of the Economic Society of Australia’s National Economic Panel, a panellist on the Melbourne Economic Forum, and an experienced trainer in CGE modelling using GEMPACK.

Dr Leo Dobes

DPhil (Oxford), MA University of Melbourne, BA (Hons Economics) University of Melbourne.

Leo Dobes teaches a Masters course in Cost-Benefit Analysis at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, where he is an Honorary Associate Professor. 

Leo worked in the Australian Public Service for almost 30 years, much of it at the Senior Executive Service level.  His experience includes the diplomatic service, intelligence assessment (Office of National Assessments), Defence industry policy, microeconomic reform policy (The Treasury), the 1990-91 telecommunications reforms, transport, and regional programs.  He also established an environment branch in the Bureau of Transport Economics, which published widely on the costs and benefits of mitigating greenhouse emissions in the transport sector.

His research interests include adaptation to climate change, the application of ‘real options’ in cost-benefit analysis, the economics of waste management, and the reasons why the Australian colonies did not standardise railway gauges after Federation.

Dr Nicholas Gruen

BA (Hons - First Class) in History, Graduate Diploma in economics and a PhD (ANU), LLB (Hons) (University of Melbourne).

Nicholas Gruen is a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy, society and innovation. He is the CEO of Lateral Economics, Adjunct Professor at UTS Business School and Chair of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and The Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia).  He chaired the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia until 2014 and Australia’s internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce in 2009.

He is Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance, comprising Australia’s libraries, universities, and providers of digital infrastructure. He was a Council Member of the National Library of Australia until April 2016. He Chaired the successful San Francisco based data analytics crowdsourcing platform Kaggle.com and is an investor in numerous Australian and international start-ups.

He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity Commission (then Industry Commission) and founded Lateral Economics. He has had regular columns in various daily papers and has published numerous essays on political, economic and cultural matters.

Professor Lee Pugalis

BA, DipTP, MA, MTP, PhD (Newcastle); FeRSA
Lee specialises in local, regional and metropolitan economic development, planning and governance with significant national and international experience in this field. He is Research Professor of Urban Studies at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney and a Visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University. Lee’s other roles and positions include editor of the journals Regional Studies, Regional Science and Local Economy, World Social Science Fellow, expert advisor to the Assembly of European Regions, Executive Council member of the Australia New Zealand Regional Science Association International, and Regional Studies Association Ambassador to Australia.
Lee is a chartered town planner and accredited economic development officer who has practical experience of devising regional economic development strategies, establishing public-private partnerships and development companies, undertaking statutory economic assessments, and evaluating investment programs. Before taking up an academic position, Lee directed a sub-regional economic partnership and was a regeneration specialist advisor to an English Regional Development Agency.

Professor John Rose

B.Ec (Hons) (USyd), PhD (USyd)

Professor John Rose is a Research Professor and Director of the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) research centre at the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to that, John served as a Director at the Institute for Choice at the University of South Australia, and as a Chaired Professor in Transport and Logistics Modelling at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) at the University of Sydney. John commenced his academic career in 1995 in commerce before moving to ITLS to undertake his PhD in the field of Transport Economics under Professor David Hensher.

John's research interest lies primarily in the area of modelling of behavioural agents in engineering decision making, with a particular focus on understanding decision impact in complex transportation infrastructure planning.

Professor Bob Stimson

BA, LittB (New England); PhD (Flinders); FASSA; FRSAI

Bob is a human geographer and regional scientist. He is one of the leading urban researchers in Australia and has been conducting research and teaching in universities for five decades.  Now formally retired, he is a Director of the consultancy T&S Taylord Solutions.

Bob is internationally recognised for his research in the fields of: urban and regional analysis; urban and regional development and planning; spatial information systems and spatial modelling; human spatial behaviour; urban quality of life; housing research and policy; the application of spatial analytic techniques and survey research methods; and the development of e-research for socio-spatial analysis and modelling with GIs-enabled visualisation. Most of his research has been supported through competitive grants, especially by the Australian Research Council.

Professor Glyn Wittwer

PhD, BEc (Hons), BA (Uni Adelaide); AssocDip Radiological Technology (SAIT)

Professor Wittwer is  one of the main developers of TERM (The Enormous Regional Model), a multi-regional computable general equilibrium (CGE) model devised by Professor Mark Horridge. Glyn was the first person to develop a dynamic version of TERM. He has created versions of TERM for China and the USA. The latter is now attracting interest in Washington D.C.

Although he has spent much time at the Centre of Policy Studies (Victoria University) in model development, Glyn’s main task is applying CGE models to policy issues. He has undertaken a number of projects examining the economic impacts of urban water supply augmentation.


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