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

Previously Ryan held 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. He worked mostly in the Australian Government—for example on federal budgets, school funding reforms, social investment, and impact evaluation policy—international development, and finance before that.

At the Development Policy Centre, Ryan leads the Economic Development stream of the Pacific Research Program and the Centre’s labour mobility research, including a new longitudinal survey on Pacific migration and the independent impact evaluation of the Pacific Labour Scheme, both with the World Bank. He is also a Principal Investigator of the Small Firm Diaries, a new project with the Financial Access Initiative at New York University, the University of the South Pacific, and others.

Ryan currently convenes Devpol’s labour mobility seminars, the ACDE Seminars, and the Pacific Update, and edits Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies (AE), the Centre’s Discussion Papers, and the Blog your Development PhD Research series.. He also co-organised the Pacific Migration Research Workshop coming up in June 2021.

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Research supervision and teaching

Ryan regularly guest lectures at the Crawford School and across the College, teaches the economics component of the Understanding the Pacific Executive Education program, and convenes the Economics PhD Seminars (guidelines | tips )

Current students

  • Ardhian Satya (MRE, S1 2021)

  • Suhainti (MRE, S1 2021)

  • Eko Sumando (ANU Economics PhD, panel member, S1 2021–)

  • Thomas Wangi (ANU Economics PhD, panel member, S1 2021–)

  • Dyah Pritadrajati (ANU Economics PhD, panel chair, S1 2021–). New paper!

  • Phan Le (ANU Economics PhD, panel member, S2 2020–)

  • Jose Cobian (ANU Economics PhD, panel member, S2 2020–)

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

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

Past students (at ANU)

  • Jollanda Mathew (Greg Taylor Scholar, 2020)

  • 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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