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Alison Welsh
Research Fellow
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BBus (Appl. Eco & HR), Deakin; Grad Dip Bus, Deakin

Professional experience
Alison Welsh is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, where she has been conducting research and data analysis on various projects. Research projects have included:

• Business strategies for biotech companies.
• The Australian transport sector and climate change.
• The spatial information industry in Australia.
• ICT e-business benchmarking survey.
• Biotech business models.
• Biotech and pharmaceutical alliances.
• Generic pricing and market share in the context of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.
• SEEK employment index.
• Survey of businesses within a hi-tech sector of the communications industry.
• Economic impact of the Australian Synchrotron – clustering, innovation R&D and technological transformation.
• The integration of four large databases containing hospital drug pricing arrangements.
• Assembly of multi-country data on the impacts of global climate change.

Prior to this Alison was an Analyst with the International Education division of the Department of Innovation, Industry & Regional Development where she: developed business cases for decisions about the overseas location of Education Recruitment Managers; wrote reports on international education trends, including competitor activities, opportunities and threats, for wide distribution to Victorian government representatives, for example, Ministers and overseas staff and wrote Ministerial Briefing Papers on international education.

Before that she was a Research Analyst with TradeData International Pty Ltd (1996-2002) where she prepared tailored reports on trade import and export statistics for many large Australian companies. Prior to this she was an Industry Analyst with IBIS Business Information Pty Ltd (1988-2000) where she researched and analysed 39 retail and wholesale industries by ASIC/ANZSIC classification and compiled written reports for each industry. The reports included an analysis and discussion of the industry’s market characteristics, the performance of the industry overtime, the recent performance of the major players and their competitors, a 5-year forecast of the industry’s performance, as well as recommendations as to the key success factors for firms and a risk assessment for each industry.


Journal articles

Sheehan, P., Sweeny, K., Rasmussen, R., Wils, A., Friedman, H.S., Mahon, J., Patton, G.C., Sawyer, S.M., Howard, E., Symons, J., Stenberg, K., Chalasani, S., Maharaj, N., Reavley, N., Shi, H., Fridman, M., Welsh, A., Nsofor, E. and Laski, L. 2017, ‘Building the foundations for sustainable development: A case for global investment in the capabilities of adolescents’, The Lancet, online 19 April 2017, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30872-3

Recent research reports

Rasmussen, B., Pensabene, T., Pyke, J., Maharaj, N. and Welsh, A. 2016, The Economic Impact of Cultural Diversity, Report to DPC.

Rasmussen, B. and Welsh, A. 2015, ‘Youth Transition Pathways’, VISES Discussion Paper, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B., Pensabene, T. and Welsh, A. 2014, Review of the Australian Synchrotron: Impact in Terms of Costs and Benefits, Report to Department of Industry, VISES, Melbourne, August, 46 pp.

Rasmussen, B., Lang, J., Welsh, A. and Maharaj, N. 2013, A Quantitative Analysis of Victoria’s Key Exporters and Export Competitors, Report to Department of State Development and Business Innovation Victoria, Melbourne, September.

Rasmussen, B., Lang, J., Welsh, A. and Maharaj, N. 2013, A Quantitative Analysis of Victoria’s Key Exporters and Export Competitors, Report to Victorian Department of State Development and Business Innovation, Melbourne, September.

Rasmussen, B., Hurley, K., Welsh, A. and Maharaj, N. 2012, Emerging Trends in Global Services Trade, Report to Department of Business and Innovation Victoria, Melbourne, December.