Chris’ research has had a long-standing focus on the wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups using statistical and micro-econometric techniques. A self-described reflexive ‘economist with a conscience’, his research increasingly reflects a cognisance of the many and varied forms of injustice. In his current research into disrupting disadvantage, he aims to not only make a distinct and significant contribution to the body of knowledge but to also concomitantly produce research that is relevant, meaningful and socially significant.

Chris is currently working with St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland. This research involves the evaluation of the appropriateness of their administrative data for research purposes, and the provision of advice on data collection, management and reporting practices. The work forms the foundation for the necessary infrastructure for the measurement outcomes by the Society. This research also involves a series of empirical investigations into how charitable works improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. This work is in line with the Society’s outcomes-focused approach to prosecuting their Mission and achieving their Vision. Relatedly, Chris has also been actively involved in the development of an Evaluation Framework for the Financial and Wellbeing Capability Activity for the Department of Social Services.

Chris’ PhD thesis investigated the influence of the environment on life satisfaction, for which he was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal for outstanding Excellence in the Doctor of Philosophy.

Research Interests:

  • Social Policy
  • Social Justice
  • The Economics of Happiness
  • Environmental Policy
  • Ecological Economics

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • BCom (Economics) 
  • PhD (Economics) Hons (Economics)