Professor Gregory is currently Professor Emeritus at the Research School of Economics at the Australian National University. He has held positions at the University of Melbourne, London School of Economics,  Australian National University, Industries Assistance Commission, Northwestern University, and visiting positions at The Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System, Washington, Harvard University, University of Chicago, Hitotsubashi University and University College, London. He was Head of the Economics Department, RSSS, ANU from 1986-2006.

He has been closely involved in the analysis and development of Australian economic policy; a member of the Board of Management at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, author of a series of government Aged Care Reviews, member of the committee that recommended the introduction of student income contingent loans, member of the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Sciences and Technology Council.  Professor Gregory has been awarded the Order of Australia Medal and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Melbourne.

He has long term research interests in the labour market in China, immigration, the role of women in the labour market, the impact of the mining boom on the Australian economy and the evolving economic effects of the Australian welfare system.

About John Western Memorial Lecture

The John Western Memorial Lecture is a biennial public lecture jointly sponsored by the Institute for Social Science Research and the School of Social Science at The University of Queensland to commemorate John Western’s contribution to the social sciences.

The late Emeritus Professor John Western became the first professor of sociology at UQ and Head of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology in 1970. Some 26 years later, John retired but continued to be an active researcher, writer and doctoral supervisor. He was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia in 1984, and was elected to the Swiss Academy of Development in 1989. In 2009, John’s dedication to tertiary education and more specifically the development of sociology nationally and internationally was recognised when he became a member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. John Western passed away on 6 January 2011. 


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