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Ryan Edwards

Deputy Director and Fellow


PhD Economics (ANU), MDevEcon (advanced), BEcon, BBusMan (UQ)

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Dr Ryan Edwards is an applied economist and the Deputy Director at the Development Policy Centre. He is also a Fellow in the Arndt-Corden Department of Economics at the Crawford School. His research lies at the intersection of development economics, labour economics, international trade, and the environment.

Ryan returned to the ANU in June 2019 from academic appointments in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College and the Centre on Food Security and the Environment and the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford University. Ryan worked in the Australian Government—mostly on federal budgets, school funding reforms, social investment, and impact evaluation policy—international development, finance, and various other odd jobs before that.

At the Development Policy Centre, Ryan leads the Economic Development stream of the Pacific Research Program, joint with the Lowy Institute and the Department of Pacific Affairs, and labour mobility research, joint with the World Bank. He also convenes Devpol’s monthly labour mobility seminars and occasional Pacific economic development seminars.

Ryan is also an Associate Editor of Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, the flagship journal of the Crawford School. He also edits the Centre’s Discussion Paper series.

COVID-19 Expertise

Ryan was part of the ANU-CSIRO-ACIAR project “Assessment of Food System Security, Resilience and Emerging Risks in the Indo-Pacific in the context of COVID-19”, and has published a few pieces on COVID-19:


Ryan convenes the Economics PhD Seminars in the Crawford School’s PhD program. The guidelines for the series, including how to book a seminar, can be found here. Please read the guidelines very carefully before booking. Ryan is potentially available as a supervisor for PhD or masters research students in economics, crucially depending on topic and fit. He has compiled a range of helpful tips and other resources for students on his personal website, here.

Ryan is a regular guest lecturer for courses at the Crawford School and across the College of Asia and the Pacific, and teaches the economics component of the Understanding the Pacific Executive Education program.

Current students

  • Dyah Pritadrajati (ANU Economics PhD, panel chair, S1 2021–)

  • Jose Cabian (ANU Economic PhD, panel member, S2 2020–)

  • Debasish Das (ANU Economics PhD, panel member, S1 2020–)

  • Jollanda Mathew (Greg Taylor Scholar, summer 2020–)

  • Riswandi (ANU Economics PhD, panel member, S2 2019–)

Past students (at ANU)

  • Tunye Qiu (MRE, S1 2020)

  • April Zhou (Crawford School Internship Program, summer 2019–20 )

  • Kelly Samof (QPIE and Greg Taylor Scholar, S2 2019 and summer 2019–20)

  • Shuhao Yang (MRE, S2 2019)

  • Anita Faiziah (MRE; co-supervisor, S1 2019)

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