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Stephen Howes

Director, Development Policy Centre Director, International and Development Economics
Professor of Economics


1982-5: Bachelor of Arts (First-class Honours), University of Melbourne
1987: Graduate Diploma in Development Economics, ANU
1988: Master of Economics, Faculty of Economics, ANU
1989/90-1992/93: Doctor of Philosophy, London School of Economics.

Contact details

Phone: 6125 7553

Room: Crawford 2.88

Prior to joining the Crawford School in 2009, Stephen was Chief Economist at the Australian Agency for International Development. He worked from 1994 to 2005 at the World Bank, first in Washington and then in Delhi, where he was Lead Economist for India. In 2008, he worked on the Garnaut Review on Climate Change, where he managed the Review’s international work stream.

Stephen is a Professor of Economics at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University He is the Director of the Development Policy Centre, as well as the International and Development Economics teaching program at the Crawford School.

He also serves as a Board Member for CARE Australia, where he chairs the Program and Operations Committee. He is also Chair of a new NGO, the Papua New Guinea Family and Sexual Violence Case Management Centre.

He has previously served on the Board of the Pacific Institute of Public Policy, and on the Advisory Council of the Asian Development Bank Institute.


Ph. D. Students

  • Cate Rogers, working on remote rural poverty in PNG
  • Alicia Molloun, working on a strategic analysis of American aid to Pakistan
  • Pepe Khennavong, working on the politics of aid and the role of non-traditional donors in Laos.
  • Hyungsup Lee, working on regional variation in climate change mitigation costs (completed!)
  • Kurnya Roesad, working on barriers to renewable energy adoption in Indonesia
  • Shenghao Feng, working on climate change mitigation challenges in China

Research interests

  • Aid policy
  • PNG and the Pacific
  • International climate change policy


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