Christopher Findlay

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Professor Christopher Findlay was from June 2011 until October 2018 the Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at the University of Adelaide.   Earlier positions include Professor of Economics in the Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University (1999-2005) and Head of the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide (2005 – 2011), where he had also been a member of staff from for various periods between 1984 to 1999. He has also held positions at the ANU in the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, the Research School of Pacific Studies and the Australia-Japan Research Centre.

His qualifications include BEc (Hons) (1974) [Adelaide], MEc (1977) [ANU] and PhD in Economics (1982) [ANU].   He is a Member of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2002).  He is also a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) (2007) where he was cited for ‘service to international relations in the Asia-Pacific region, to economic co-operation in trade, transportation and economic reform, and to education.’

Findlay for many years taught economics at all levels, with a focus on microeconomics and international economics, and was an author of a leading first year textbook for its first 7 editions.  Findlay’s research interests include Australia’s economic relationships with Asia, especially in the services sector. 

Findlay has been in lead roles in projects for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), most recently on farmer adaption to climate change, and currently a project on rural transformation.  He is a regular contributor to projects coordinated by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).  He has provided consultancy services for the APEC Secretariat and the ASEAN Secretariat.  He has been a contributor to capacity building projects funded by Australia Awards in Indonesia and PNG. 

Findlay is a member of the Australian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (AUSPECC): he has been involved in the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), a second track organisation linked to APEC, since its foundation in 1980. 




Expertise Areas

  • Agricultural Economics
  • Economic Development and Growth
  • International Economics and International Finance
  • Public Policy


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