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Ryan Edwards

Fellow and Deputy Director


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

Contact details

Dr Ryan Edwards is an applied economist, the Deputy Director of the Development Policy Centre and 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. He leads the Economic Development stream of the Pacific Research Program and the Development Policy Centre’s labour mobility research with the World Bank, and is a Principal Investigator of the Small Firm Diaries.

Ryan convenes Devpol’s monthly labour mobility seminars and occasional Pacific economic development seminars, and is a co-convenor of the ACDE Seminars. He is an Associate Editor of Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, the flagship journal of the Crawford School, edits the Centre’s Discussion Paper series, and administers Devpolicy’s Blog your Development PhD Research Series.

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.

Research supervision and teaching

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. Ryan is potentially available as a supervisor for PhD or masters research students in economics. He has compiled tips and other resources for students on his personal website.

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

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

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

  • 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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