I have been working in and on Indonesia in various capacities - postgraduate student, consultant and academic researcher - since 1978, and speak Indonesian fluently. I was Editor of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies from 1998 through 2011.
- Lecturer in Economics, ANU (1982-84); Managing Director, Ricardo, Smith Pty Ltd, Economics and Banking Consultants (1984 to present); Fellow/Senior Fellow/Associate Professor, Indonesia Project, ANU (1992 to 2011); Associate Editor, Agenda, (2001-2005); Editor, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (1998 to 2011).
Much of my work in recent years has been related to the economic crisis that began in Indonesia in mid-1997, with particular emphasis on analysing its causes, how it was handled (particularly the role of the IMF), and how similar occurrences might be prevented in the future. I also have a strong interest in monetary and exchange rate policy, financial sector policies, privatisation, corruption and public sector reform in Indonesia.