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Prof. Peter Sheehan
Research Director
Phone number:
(03) 9919 1341
Email address:
peter.sheehan@vu.edu.au

Qualifications
BSc, Univ. of Melbourne; MA (Hons), Univ. of Melbourne; D. Phil (Oxon), Oxford University

Professional experience
Professor Peter Sheehan was Founding Director of CSES from 1993-2011. He has made a substantial contribution to the field of studies of the global knowledge economy, and of its Australian and international ramifications, since 1994. He has also contributed to both the analysis of new technologies and their application in Australia, and to policy and commercial developments related to the commercialisation of such technologies in Australia, over two decades.

From 1987 to the late 1990s he was actively involved, as Chairman or Director, in a number of technology-based companies, many of which he was instrumental in establishing during his time in government. For example, from 1987 to 1993 he was a Director AMRAD Ltd (Australian Medical Research and Development Consortium) a company with a diversified ownership established to commercialise Australian medical research. In 1988 AMRAD entered into a joint venture with Merck, Sharpe and Dohme to establish a 50/50 joint venture, AMRAD Pharmaceuticals. Other examples include his role as founding Chairman of Vistel Ltd (Victorian Government Telecommunications Initiative)(1987-92), of the Australian Computing and Communications Institute (1988-99) and of the Strategic Industry Research Foundation (1988-93).

In August 2003 he was elected to the position of Academic Co-Chair, APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum (LSIF). The Group is chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand. Dr Fikry Isaac, CMO Wellnes and Prevention, J&J is Industry Co-Chair. The establishment of the Group is an initiative of President Fox of Mexico. LSIF is strongly supported by health, economic and research agencies of the 21 APEC economies and industry.

Professional appointments

  • Research Director, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne (2012 to present)
  • Founding Director, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne, (May 1993-2011).
  • Senior Associate, Department of Economics, University of Melbourne, (1990-present)
  • Director General, Department of Management and Budget, Victorian Government, (October 1982-April 1990)
  • Special Adviser, Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, (March and April 1983)
  • Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow and Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, (December 1972-May 1982)
  • Editor, Australian Economic Review, 1975-1978, and Principal Research Fellow responsible for the Review, (1979-1982)

Selected board appointments and others

  • Academic Vice-Chair of the APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum
  • Chairman, Australian Computing and Communications Institute (1988-95; 1998-present
  • Founding Chairman, Australian Computing and Communications Institute (1989-1994)
  • Founding Chairman, Vistel Ltd (Victorian Government Telecommunications Initiative) (1986-1991)
  • Founding Chairman (1988-1991) and Director (1991 -1993), Strategic Industry Research Foundation
  • Director, AMRAD Ltd (Australian Medical and Research Development Consortium) (1987-1993)
  • Chairman (1990-1992) and Director (1987-1996), Victorian Education Foundation

 

Publications
Professor Sheehan has published ten books and over 40 articles covering a wide range of academic and policy topics, as well as having been responsible, both as Editor of the e Australian Economic Review and as Director General of the Department of Management and Budget, for an extensive list of unsigned publications. In his most recent publication China’s Future in the Knowledge Economy: Engaging the New World (Victoria University and Tsinghua University Press 2002), he is co-editor and co-author of 3 of the 23 papers. Provided below is a detailed list of his publications since 1993. Prior to 1993 he had published 6 books and about 30 articles which are not included here. Two of these books are worth mentioning here: Crisis in Abundance, Penguin Books, 1980 and Hidden Unemployment: The Australian Experience (with P. Stricker, Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, 1981).

Books

Hansanti, S., Islam, S. and Sheehan, P. 2008, International Finance in an Emerging Market: Issues, Welfare Analyses and Policy Implications, Springer, Heidelberg.

Grewal, B., Sheehan, P., Sun, F. and Xue, L. (eds) 2002, China’s Future in the Knowledge Economy: Engaging the New World, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne and Tsinghua University Press, Beijing.

Borland, J., Gregory, B. and Sheehan, P. (eds) 2001, Work Rich, Work Poor: Technology and Economic Change in Australia, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P. and Tegart, G. (eds) 1998, Working for the Future: Technology and Employment in the Global Knowledge Economy, Victoria University Press, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P.J., Grewal, B. and Kumnick, M. (eds) 1996, Dialogues on Australia’s Future: In Honour of the Late Professor Ronald Henderson, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P., Pappas, N., Tikhomirova, G. and Sinclair, P. 1995, Australia and the Knowledge Economy: An Assessment of Enhanced Economic Growth Through Science and Technology, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne and China Machine Press, Beijing, (translation in Mandarin in 1997).

Sheehan, P., Pappas, N. and Cheng, E. 1994, The Rebirth of Australian Industry: Australian Trade in Elaborately Transformed Manufactures 1979-1993, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Book chapters

Stenberg, K., Sheehan, P., Axelson, H. and Sweeny, K. forthcoming, ‘Investing in the continuum of care for RMNCH’, Chapter 15, Volume 2, , in D. Jamison, S. Horton, H. Gelband, P. Jha, R. Laxminarayan, R. Nugent (eds), Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries (DCP3), 3rd edn, Volume 2, The Continuum of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, chap. 15.

Sheehan, P. 2010, ‘Beyond Industrialization: New Approaches to Development Strategy Based on the Service Sector’, in A.U. Santos-Paulino and Guanghua Wan (eds), The Rise of China and India: Impacts, Prospects and Implications, UNU-WIDER Studies in Development Economics and Politics, World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University, Palgrave Macmillan; Proceedings of UNU-WIDER Conference on the Southern Engines of Global Growth: China, India, Brazil, and South Africa, WIDER, 2008.

Islam, S.M.N., Clarke, M., Choi, S., Jolley, A. and Sheehan, P. 2009, ‘Energy Production and Use’, L. Lebel, A. Snidvongs, C.T.A. Chen and R. Daniel (eds) Critical States: Environmental Challenges Development in Monsoon Southeast Asia, pp. 51-62, SIRD, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

Sheehan, P. and Sun, F. 2008, ‘Emissions and economic development: Must China choose?’, in R. Garnaut, L. Song and Wing Thye Woo (eds), China’s Dilemma: Economic Growth, the Environment and Climate Change, jointly published by Asia Pacific Press, Canberra, the Brookings Institution Press, Washington DC, and Social Sciences Academic Press (Chinese translation), Beijing.

Sheehan, P. and Grewal, B. 2005, 'International Economics (business, finance and trade): Examples of Social Measurement', in K. Kempf-Leonard (ed.), Encyclopedia of Social Measurement, Elsevier.

Journal articles

Stenberg, K., Axelson, H., Sheehan, P., Anderson, I., Gülmezoglu, A.M., Temmerman, M., Mason, E., Friedman, H.S., Bhutta, Z.A., Lawn, J.E., Sweeny, K., Tulloch, J., Hansen, P., Chopra, M., Gupta, A., Vogel, J.P., Ostergren, M., Rasmussen, B., Levin, C., Boyle, C., Kuruvilla, S., Koblinsky, M., Walker, N., de Francisco, A., Novcic, N., Presern, C., Jamison, D. and Bustreo, F. on behalf of the Study Group for the Global Investment Framework for Women’s Children’s Health 2013, ‘Advancing social and economic development by investing in women's and children's health: A new global investment framework’, The Lancet, vol. 383, no. 9925, pp. 1333-1354,  doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62231-X.

Sheehan, P., Cheng, E., English, A. and Sun, F. 2014, ‘China’s response to the air pollution shock’, Nature Climate Change, vol. 4, pp. 306-309.

Sheehan, P. and Gregory, R.G. 2013, ‘The resources boom and economic policy in the long run’, Australian Economic Review, vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 121-139.

Houghton, J.W. and Sheehan, P. 2009, ‘Estimating the potential impacts of open access to research findings,’ Economic Analysis and Policy, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 127-142.

Sheehan, P. 2008, ‘The new global growth path: Implications for climate change analysis and policy’, Climatic Change, vol. 91, nos 3-4, pp. 211-231.

Sheehan, P., Jones, R. et al. 2008, ‘Climate change and the new world economy: Implications for the nature and timing of policy responses’, Global Environmental Change, vol. 18, no. 3, August, pp. 380-396.

Houghton, J.W., Steele, C. and Sheehan, P. 2008, ‘Scholarly communication costs in Australian higher education’, Higher Education Management and Policy, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 27-44.

Sheehan, P. and Grewal, B. 2008, ‘Strategic change and the limits of central authority in China’, Public Finance and Management, vol. 20, no. 4.

Research reports

Sheehan, P. and Gregory, B. 2011, The Resources Boom and Macroeconomic Policy in Australia, Australian Economic Report No. 1, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P. and Gregory, B. 2011, Victoria and the Resources Boom: Report 1: Summary and Implications for Victoria, Report to Department of Treasury and Finance (Victoria), August, CSES, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P. and Gregory, B. 2011, Victoria and the Resources Boom: Report 2: Analysis and Supporting Documentation, Report to Department of Treasury and Finance (Victoria), August, CSES, Melbourne.

English, A., Sweeny, K., Zhuang, X., Jiang, K. and Sheehan, P. 2011, Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy in China, Report to Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, CSES, Melbourne, October.

Grewal, B., Grunfeld, H. and Sheehan, P. 2011, The Contribution of Agricultural Growth to Poverty Reduction, ACIAR Impact Assessment Series Report No. 76, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra.

English, A., Grewal, B., Sweeny, K., Nielson, J., Sun, F. and Cheng, E. 2010, More Sustainable Energy Use in China: Economic Structure and the Application of New Technologies, Report to Department of Climate Change (Canberra), CSES, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B., Sheehan, P., Welsh, A., Maharaj, N., Van Hulten, A., Weller, S. and Hurley, K. 2010, Updating Melbourne’s West, Report to Vice Chancellor, Victoria University, CSES, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P. and Gregory, B. 2009, The Hours Issue: Report 1, Report to the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (Victoria), CSES, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P. and Gregory, B. 2009, The Changing Incidence of Full-Time and Part-Time Work, with Special Reference to Young People: Report 2, Report to the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (Victoria), CSES, Melbourne.

Sweeny, K. and Sheehan, P. 2009, The Impact of PBS Reforms on PBS Expenditure and Savings: Actual and Projected from 2008-09 to 2017-18, Report to Medicines Australia, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Messinis, G., Sheehan, P., Ahmed, A. and Parker, S. 2009, SEEK Employment Index in New Zealand: Job Vacancies and Job Seeking’ Report to SEEK New Zealand, CSES, Melbourne.

Rasmussen, B. and Sheehan, P. 2009, Potential Victoria Government Innovation Policy Responses in the Context of the GFC, Report to Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, (Victoria), CSES, Melbourne.

Weller, S. and Sheehan, P. 2009, Participation in AMES Language Programs, Report for the Adult Migrant English Language Service, June, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Melbourne.

 Houghton, J., Rasmussen, B. and Sheehan, S.; with Oppenheim, C., Morris, A., Creaser, C., Greenwood, H., Summers, M. and Gourlay, A. 2009, Economic implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models: Exploring the Costs and Benefits, JISC EI-ASPM Project, Report to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) (UK), CSES and Loughborough University, January.

 Weller, S., Sheehan, P., Tomaney, J., van Hulten, A. and Maharaj, N. 2009, Carbon Pollution Scheme: Adjustment Strategy for the La Trobe Valley, Final Report prepared for the Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria, Melbourne, February.

Messinis, G., Sheehan, P. and Miholcic, Z. 2009, ‘The Performance of the Student Population at Victoria University’, Update to Report to the Vice-Chancellor Victoria University, January, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P., Rasmussen, B., Jolley, A., Symons, J. and Parker, S. 2008, Transforming Rail: A Key Element in Australia’s Low Pollution Future, Final Report to the CRC for Rail Innovation, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne, December.

Messinis, G., Sheehan, P. and Miholcic, Z. 2008, ‘The Diversity of the Student Population at Victoria University’, Update to Report to the Vice-Chancellor Victoria University, December, Melbourne.

Messinis, G., Sheehan, P. and Miholcic, Z. 2008, ‘The Diversity and Performance of the Student Population at Victoria University: A Preliminary Analysis’, Report to the Vice-Chancellor Victoria University, July, Melbourne, 2008.

Sheehan, P., Rasmussen, B., Sweeny, K., Grewal, B., Ahmed, A. and Maharaj, N. 2008, ‘Investing in the Future: An Assessment of the Returns to Investment in Health Innovation’, Framework Paper prepared for the APEC Life Science and Innovation Forum (LSIF) VI, Lima, Peru, 14-15 August.

Sheehan, P. and Sweeny, K. 2007, The Value of Medicines in Australia, Report to Medicines Australia, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.Sheehan, P. 2007, ‘Beyond the East Asian Model: New Approaches to Development Strategy’, Paper prepared for the UNU-WIDER Conference on the Southern Engines of Global Growth: China, India, Brazil, and South Africa, Helsinki, 7-8 September.

Sheehan, P., Rasmussen, B. and Sweeny, K. 2007, ‘Developing an Integrated Approach to Emerging Health Challenges’, Framework Paper prepared for the APEC Life Science Innovation Forum V, Adelaide, 19-20 April.

Sheehan, P., Grewal, B., Shovan, R. Vicziany, M., Grinceri, S. and Malhotra, P. 2006, Building on the Western Australian Boom: The Drivers and Shapers of India’s Economic Development in the 21st Century, Final Report to the Western Australian Technology Industry Advisory Council (TIAC), Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P., Grewal, B., Houghton, J., Jolley, A., Cheng, E., Sun, F., Nielsen, J., Zhang, B., Lang, J. and Morris, P. 2006, Building on the Western Australian Boom: The Drivers and Shapers of China’s Economic Development in the 21st Century, Final Report to the Western Australian Technology Industry Advisory Council (TIAC), Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P., Clarke, M., Islam, S. and Jolley, A. 2006, Climate Change, Industrial Structure and the Knowledge Economy: Key Issues for an Effective Response on Greenhouse Gases, Final Report, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P. et al. 2006, Consistent National Policies for Converging Technologies: Some Preliminary Conclusions, Policy Report of the CSES Project General Purpose Technologies, Complementarities and the Convergence of Industries, ARC Linkage Grant Project LP0349387, November, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P., Rasmussen, B. and Sweeny, K. 2006, ‘Sustainable Health Care Systems to Support Innovation’, Framework Paper prepared for the Fourth Annual APEC Life Science Innovation Forum (LISF IV), Hoi An, Vietnam, 6-7 September.

Houghton, J., Steele, C. and Sheehan, P. 2006, Research Communication Costs in Australia: Emerging Opportunities and Benefits, Final Report to Department of Education, Science and Training, September, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Sweeny, K. and Sheehan, P. 2005, Proposed New Listing and Pricing Arrangements for Generic Medicines: An Assessment, Report to Medicines Australia, March, CSES, Victoria University, Melbourne.