John Hicks

Professorial Staff

Professor John Hicks

Professor of Economics

John Hicks is Professor of Economics at Charles Sturt University where, for 16 years, he was Dean of the Faculty of Business. He has published on a range of regional, national and international issues in labour economics, industrial relations and macroeconomics – including regional airline access to KSA, the economics of petrol supply to regional Australia, analysis of labour markets for specific groups (women, nurses in regional Australia, farmers and older workers) and labour market policy. In addition he has published on China and its economic relationship with Australia.

John has been the recipient of internal and external grants for research and an award for research excellence. As a member of the Institute for Land Water and Society and a recipient of several ILWS Research Fellowships, John is now engaged in a number of projects with a regional and sustainability orientation (including issues of flooding in Australia and Bangladesh, regional growth in Australia and China and regional labour market issues in Australia).

He has previously been a Regional Development Board member in the Central West of NSW and a director of the Western Research Institute. Prior to joining CSU John taught at Monash University, the University of Melbourne and Massey University, New Zealand and was for several years Senior Economist at the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne. John's primary teaching areas are macroeconomics, microeconomics and labour economics. He is responsible for undergraduate and post graduate subjects and is a doctoral research supervisor.

Teaching and Research

Research Focus

  • Labour Economics (especially in relation to the regional work force).
  • Macroeconomics (especially in relation to economic growth in China and its impact on Australia; and the sustainability of regional communities).

Teaching Responsibilities

  • ECO120 Macroeconomics
  • ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
  • ECO501 Business Economics
  • ECO511 Economics for Business
  • HRM501 Labour Market Studies

Research Project Supervision

  • Economics

Current Research Students

John is currently supervisor for a number of doctoral and honours candidates.

Grants and Awards

  • 2012, AusAID Australian Leadership Award Fellowship $136,606 (with Kishor Sharma, P.K. Basu and Yappa Bandara).
  • 2011, AusAID Australian Leadership Award Fellowship $150,000, (with Kishor Sharma and Yapa Bandara)
  • 2010, CSU Competitive Grant, $13,300 (with Val Ingham, Richard Sappey, Mir Rabiul Islam, and Ian, Manock)
  • 2004, Faculty Asia Pacific Research Grant, 2004 (with P.K. Basu).
  • ANTARAC Grant, 1997 (with Tom Murphy, Russell Brown, Pat Bradbery, Charles Presland, Mike Logan, Chris Guest, Erica Smith and Andy Smith).
  • ARC Small Grant, 1993.
  • ARC Small Grant, 1992.
  • Women's Research and Employment Initiatives Program Grant, 1986 (with Donald Lee and Philip Maxwell).

Professional Activities

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Professorial member, Faculty Board.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Economic Society of Australia.

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