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About us

The Institute focuses on the processes of economic, technological and social change in the contemporary world. It seeks to understand the causes and consequences of these processes, and the appropriate policy responses for different situations. It is within the College of Business at Victoria University.

The Institute has two main activities:

  • research on long-term economic, social and technological issues
  • postgraduate teaching

Research is carried out in the core areas shown in the figure below.

The Institute's mission is to  provide creative and evidence-based insights into and solutions to long-term, strategic economic and social issues of international concern and significance in Asia and the west of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, and elsewhere. 

It incorporates the Centre for Policy Studies (CoPS). CoPS operates in a semi-autonomous manner, led by Professor James Giesecke.

The Institute's current director is Prof. Bruce Rasmussen. He joined VISES in 1999 and was Deputy Director. He has had a career spanning the senior levels of both the public and private sectors. He previously was Assistant Director General, Finance in the Department of Management and Budget of the State of Victoria. Before that he spent seven years at the ANZ Bank, where he held various senior business strategy roles.

The Institute's founding director was Prof. Peter Sheehan. He has held various positions including senior researcher at the Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at Melbourne University and Director General of the former management and budget department in the Victorian Government. He has also held a wide range of board positions with Australian companies, particularly in high-technology areas. He is currently Research Director at VISES.

The Institute has a high quality research team of 18 professionals, with strong national and international links, together with a high quality cohort of 40 PhD and DBA students

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