Department of Economics

Learning to create a sustainable economy

The Department of Economics puts sustainability at the heart of its research and teaching. We shape policy and prepare tomorrow’s leaders to tackle climate change and achieve economic development with environmental sustainability.

Our courses

Our curriculum is informed by cutting-edge research and practice. You'll enjoy hands-on experience, including industry-focused problem-solving – making it easier to transition into the workforce.

Our undergraduate courses are developed with industry, plus you’ll enjoy practical experience and networking opportunities. Or take your economics skills to the next level with a postgraduate degree.

Explore our courses

Research specialisations

The areas where we are developing our research strengths include:

  • sustainable economies
  • economic growth and development
  • industrial organisation
  • economic theory
  • international trade
  • labour economics and industrial relations
  • health economics
  • political economy and public choice.

Join our PhD program

The Department of Economics is seeking intellectually curious doctoral applicants with a strong academic track record who are interested in undertaking rigorous, theory-advancing research.

Department of Economics staff

Our staff strive to embed our strategic employability focus in our teaching and learning, and produce innovative, high-quality research that is frequently published in leading journals.

Key contacts

Professor Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Head of Department

Dr Xuan Nguyen, Director of Teaching

Associate Professor Francesco Carli, Director, HDR

Associate Professor Ching-Jen Sun, Director, Researcher Development

Academic contacts

Dr Acelya Altuntas, Lecturer

Professor Nejat Anbarci, Professorial Research Fellow

Associate Professor Daniel Avdic

Dr Omar Bashar, Senior Lecturer

Dr Prasad Bhattacharya, Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor Francesco Carli

Emeritus Professor Chris Doucouliagos

Dr Romain Gauriot, Senior Lecturer

Dr Umair Khalil, Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor Andrea La Nauze

Dr Yan Liang, Senior Lecturer

Associate Professor Debdulal Mallick

Professor Marco Mariotti, Professorial Research Fellow

Professor Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, Professorial Research Fellow

Dr Munirul Nabin, Senior Lecturer

Dr Xuan Nguyen, Senior Lecturer

Dr Aaron Nicholas, Senior Lecturer

Dr Cong Pham, Senior Lecturer

Dr Hemant Pullabhotla, Lecturer

Dr Shuddha Rafiq, Senior Lecturer

Emeritus Professor Pasquale Sgro

Dr Pallavi Shukla, Lecturer

Dr Francisco Silva, Senior Lecturer

Professor Yves Sprumont

Professor Tom Stanley, Honorary Professor

Associate Professor Ching-Jen Sun

Dr Xueli Tang, Senior Lecturer

Dr Lan Tong, Research Fellow

Associate Professor Aydogan Ulker

Professor Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Head of Department

Professor Utku Unver, Professorial Research Fellow

Dr Samarth Vaidya, Senior Lecturer

Dr Ha Vu, Senior Lecturer

Professor Joakim Westerlund, Chair in Economics

Research contacts


Centre for Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Business
Professor Hind Benbya, Director

Centre for Disaster Resilience and Recovery
Professor Mehmet Ulubasoglu, Director

Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education (CREATE)
Dr Karen Dunwoodie, Director

Deakin Integrated Reporting Centre
Professor Peter Carey, Research Director

IPA-Deakin SME Research Centre 
Professor George Tanewski, Director


Arts & Creative Industries Research and Engagement (ACiRE)
Professor Hilary Glow, Director

Better Consumption Lab 
Professor Josh Newton, Director

Deakin MarTech Clinic 
Associate Professor Ali Tamaddoni, Director

Deakin MarTech Clinic
Professor Andre Bonfrer, Director

Impact Finance Hub
Dr Emma Li, Director

Leadership Futures Hub
Dr Fannie Wu, Director

Women's Entrepreneurship Research Alliance
Dr Andrea North-Samardzic, Director

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Journal publications

Economics staff have published in many of the leading journals in the discipline, including:

  • AEJ: Macroeconomics
  • American Economic Review
  • Econometrica
  • Journal of Economic Theory
  • Review of Economics and Statistics
  • The Economic Journal.


We have a range of speakers and research partners who regularly visit Deakin to share insights and encourage debate on topics of particular interest to the department’s students.

Upcoming seminars

Monday 8 July12pm

Lucius Cassim
Deakin University

Wednesday 17 July2pm

Dan Yu
University of Alberta

Monday 22 July12pm

Associate Professor Andrea La Nauze
Deakin University

Wednesday 24 July2pm

Professor Maroš Servátka
Macquarie Business School

Monday 29 July2pm

Professor Bettina Klaus
HEC Lausanne

Wednesday 31 July2pm

Yasin Kursat Onder
Ghent University

Past seminars




12 June

Nick Garvin

The effects of housing transaction taxes on purchases, mobility and prices
5 June

Derek Mikola
Institute of Replication

Mass Reproducibility and Replicability: A New Hope
3 June

Bishal Chalise
Deakin University

Does democracy correct the misallocation of public resources?

27 May

Professor Florian Scheuer
University of Zurich

Putting the 'Finance' into 'Public Finance

22 May

Nicolas Werquin
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Consumption, Wealth, and Income Inequality: A Tale of Tails

20 May

Dr Umair Khalil
Deakin University

The Intergenerational Health Effects of Forced Displacement:  Japanese American Incarceration during WWII

15 May

Nawaaz Khalfan
Monash University

Sequential Information Acquisition and Optimal Search

8 May

Zhong Ling
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

Decomposing Trends in the Gender Gap for Highly Educated Workers

6 May

Dr Francisco Alves Da Silva
Deakin University

On the design of impartial peer-review mechanisms under positive correlation

1 May

Professor James Morley
University of Sydney

Unemployment in a Commodity-Rich Economy: How Relevant Is Dutch Disease?

24 April

Professor Lionel Page
University of Queensland

Strategic Self-deception

22 April

Associate Professor Szilvia Pápai
Concordia University

Maximum Matching Under Dichotomous Preferences

17 April

Dr Michelle Escobar
University of Melbourne

Can Psychological Interventions Provide Resilience to Negative Shocks? Evidence from an RCT and the COVID-19 Pandemic

10 April

Dr Claudio Labanca
Monash University

Campaign Connections

8 April

Prof Yves Sprumont
Deakin University

Two time-consistent Paretian solutions to the intertemporal resource allocation problem

27 March

Professor James Kung
University of Melbourne

The Rise of the Chinese Communist Party

20 March

Dan McGee
Monash University

Exploitation Through Racialization

18 March

Dr Xueli Tang
Deakin University

Fertility-Boosting Pensions for Developed Countries Such As Japan: A Modest Policy Proposal

13 March

Pelin Akyol

Effects of Informal Caring on Labour Market Outcomes of Carers: Evidence from HILDA.

6 March

Professor Dmitry Ryvkin

Choosing Your Own Luck: Strategic Risk Taking and Effort in Contests

4 March

Associate Professor Ching-Jen Sun
Deakin University

Fair and efficient queueing

28 Feb

Associate Professor Liu Haoming
National University of Singapore (NUS)

Contact us

Find out more about what we’re doing at the Department of Economics.

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