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The Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES) was established as the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES) at Victoria University, Melbourne, in 1993, and is now one of the leading applied economic research groups in Australia. Its research output is of high quality and is influential at both national and international levels. VISES is now part of the Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities.

In 2018, VISES received funding from the Victorian State Government to establish the Victorian Energy Policy Centre (VEPC), to investigate policy challenges in energy in Australia, with a particular focus on Victoria. VEPC's core research discipline is economics, but collaboration is encouraged between experts from different academic traditions. VEPC combines academically rigorous research and analysis, with a practical understanding of government processes.

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2020 NEWS

USCC launches VISES report
IncreasingSocial and Economic Benefits Globally Rates of Return on Health Investments

The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Initiative on Health and the Economy (GIHE) in Washington DC released the report at the 2020 Annual Concordia Summit (21-25 September 2020), which found that countries would on average realize a return of $20 in increased GDP growth for every $1 invested in cardiovascular disease and diabetes interventions.
See USCC press release.
See newsGP article.
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VISES research in UNFPA SWOP 2020
VISES research contributed to a chapter on child marriage in the recently released UNFPA publication State of the World Population Report 2020: Against my Will.

News coverage on VISES/UNFPA project on cost of eliminating child marriage
Targeted interventions can improve world's most vulnerable

Effect of COVID-19 on eliminating child marriage
Millions more cases of violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, unintended pregnancy expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2019 VISES JOURNAL ARTICLES OF NOTE

UNFPA project papers published in special issue of Journal of Adolescent Health 2019

Employment and productivity benefits of enhanced educational outcomes: a preliminary modelling approach
By P. Sheehan and H. Shi

Evaluating the employment benefits of education and targeted interventions to reduce child marriage
By B. Rasmussen, N. Maharaj, P. Sheehan, and H. Friedman

A health-system based investment case for adolescent health
By K. Sweeny, H. Friedman, P. Sheehan, M. Fridman and H. Shi

Better secondary schooling outcomes for adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: projections of cost-effective approaches
By A. Wils, P. Sheehan and H. Shi

Reduced road traffic injuries for young people: a preliminary investment analysis
By J. Symons, E. Howard, K. Sweeny, M. Kumnick, P. Sheehan

This Special Issue was tabled by the UNFPA in mid July 2019 at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, with copies being distributed to Ministers and others. This Forum is the UN's central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, and provides for the full and effective participation of all States Members of the United Nations and States members of specialized agencies.


2019-2020 NEW VISES PROJECTS

China’s Development Finance, Growth Models and Sustainable Development 2020-21
Funded by Ford Foundation
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Development of the Investment Case to Reduce Road Traffic Injuries among Adolescents 2020-21
Funded by FIA Foundation
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Syria Education and Development Investment Case [SEDIC] Technical Note: Economic, social and psychological costs and risks resulting from ‘not-investing in education systems in the Syrian Arab Republic 2020
Funded by UNICEF Syria
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Investment Case Study on HPV Vaccination in Viet Nam 2020
Funded by UNFPA Viet Nam
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Investing in Women’s Sight: Benefits across Generations 2020
Funded by Fred Hollows Foundation
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Cost Benefit Analysis of Health Interventions to Improve Labour Productivity in China 2019-20
Funded by US Chamber of Commerce
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Cost of Eliminating Child Marriage and Intimate Partner Violence 2019-20
Funded by UNFPA
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WorkWell Evaluation: Measuring Cost Effectiveness and Return on Investment of the WorkWell Program 2019-20
Funded by WorkSafe Victoria
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2018 JOURNAL ARTICLES OF NOTE

Nature 2018
Adolescence and the next generation
By G. Patton et al.

The Lancet 2018

Investing in non-communicable diseases: An estimation of the return on investment for prevention and treatment services
By M.Y. Bertram, K. Sweeny, J.A. Lauer, D. Chisholm, P. Sheehan, B. Rasmussen, S,R, et al.

2017 JOURNAL ARTICLE OF NOTE

The Lancet 2017

A VISES team in conjunction with UNFPA published research, in The Lancet, that found investing in adolescent health and education could bring 10-fold economic benefit. This investment will not only transform the lives of girls and boys around the world, but will also generate high economic returns, especially in low income countries.
Building the foundations for sustainable development: A case for global investment in the capabilities of adolescents
By P. Sheehan, K. Sweeny, B. Rasmussen et al. 2017. Read the analysis in The Lancet.p>  

OTHER CURRENT AND RECENT VISES  PROJECTS

ACIAR Monograph 207: Enabling Policies for Developing Smallholder Agriculture in Pakistan
Funded by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
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Reimagining the Workforce: Building Smart, Sustainable, Safe Public Transport
Funded by Dept of Transport (Vic) and Rail Manufacturing CRC
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Building Strength and Capability Through Diversity 2017-2019
Funded by the Bushfire Natural Hazard CRC
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Investment Framework Case Study: Estimating the Impacts and Opportunity Costs of Social Sector Investments for Adolescents (10–19 years) in Burundi
Funded by UNFPA Burundi
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A Case for National Investment in Adolescent Health and Wellbeing in India, 2018
Funded by UNFPA
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Scoping Study: Costs of Climate Change Impacts on the Social Determinants of Health and Wellbeing 2017
Funded by Dept of Health and Human Services (Vic)
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Regional and Sectoral Vulnerability Assessment for Victoria Phase I 2017
Funded by Dept of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic)
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Developing Robust Indicators for Valuing Laneway Greening 2017
Funded by City of Melbourne
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Survey on Human Resources per Household: Timor-Leste 2017
Funded by Government of Timor Leste
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