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Stephen Howes

Professor of Economics
Director, Development Policy Centre


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

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, He served as Director of the International and Development Economics program of the Crawford School from 2009 to 2014.

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 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, Femili PNG, which supports survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.

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 American aid to Pakistan.
  • Pepe Khennavong, working on the politics of aid and the role of non-traditional donors in Laos (completed!).
  • Hyungsup Lee, working on regional variation in climate change mitigation costs (completed!).
  • 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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