People

Dr Sveta Angelopoulos

Dr Angelopoulos is an applied economist and lecturer in the school of Economics, Finance and Marketing. Her PhD focused on the spatial distribution of creativity and diversity across Australian regions. This is now being extended into a housing, household and policy environment, with a continued focus on spatial modelling. Her research contributes to a field that is becoming increasingly relevant to policy makers seeking to improve the well-being of residents and the competitive advantage and sustainability of regions,.

Associate Professor Jonathan Boymal

Dr Boymal is an applied economist, specialising in the areas of housing and urban economics, cultural economics, population economics, evaluation, economic psychology, health economics, cost-benefit analysis, and technology diffusion. He has published papers in leading journals, and has undertaken commercial policy research for the Victorian and Federal Government, as well as refereed publications in these areas.

In addition to his research Dr Boymal has extensive experience in designing and delivering courses, and establishing and managing programs, across a range of business disciplines, both in Australia and overseas.

Dr Zsuzsanna Csereklyei

Zsuzsanna Csereklyei is an economist focusing on energy transitions, electricity markets and on the adoption of efficient technologies. She is also boldly going where no economist has gone before, as part of an interdisciplinary team looking at the technical and economic feasibility of space asteroid mining. Zsuzsanna’s work includes publications in the Energy JournalEnergy EconomicsEcological Economics, and Energy Policy. Her current research includes several projects in the field of energy transitions in the EU, including energy profile forecasting, the drivers of electricity investment choices in the US, as well as the diffusion of energy efficient transport technologies. Zsuzsanna has taught several courses in Macroeconomics (WU Vienna, RMIT), Energy Policy, Political Economy (LMU Munich) and been awarded the Award of Excellence for her thesis by the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, given for the best dissertations in the country.

Dr Bronwyn Coate

Dr Coate is a Lecturer in Economics at RMIT University. Her research is innovative and recognised for the contribution it makes in understanding the dynamics of creative industries. Bronwyn’s PhD involved a series of empirical studies that investigated the secondary market for visual arts created by Australian artists with a focus on Indigenous art. Recently Bronwyn has worked on a number of collaborative projects including the Kinomatics Project (link to kinomatics.com) that explores the diffusion and flow of film as a cultural product around the world also she was part of the team that evaluated the economic impact of the City of Melbourne’s Arts investment.

Associate Professor Ashton de Silva

Dr de Silva is an applied economist/econometrician specialising in the analysis of the housing sector, household credit & financial markets, regional (including cultural) economies as well as government policy. He has published papers in leading international and domestic academic journals.

Ashton has a strong record of engagement which includes conducting research in partnership with industry as well as being commissioned by private and public sector entities to lead specialised investigations.   Previously he has had several leadership roles at RMIT University including the College of Business Excellence Research Australia Leader.  Currently, he is the Discipline Head of Economics.

Dr Meg Elkins

Dr Meg Elkins is a lecturer in the school of Economics, Finance and Marketing.  She is an applied economist with a focus on poverty reduction, well-being,and cultural economics. Meg’s research methods include microeconomic analysis to evaluate programs and policies. Meg has recently lead a project evaluating the economic impact of the City of Melbourne’s Arts Investment.  Her work in wellbeing extends locally and globally.  On a local level she is exploring youth curiosity, and pathways into and out of homelessness and on a global level she is researching social protection in developing countries.   Meg is both an academic and practising artist, having spent over twenty years as a professional actor.

Dr Sarah Sinclair

Dr Sinclair is an applied economist in the school of Economics Finance and Marketing and a member of RMIT’s Centre for Urban Research. Her research examines the economic decision making of specific household cohorts over the life cycle. Her current research relates to the consumption choice of households given certain social situations, their interactions with people and place in addition to the public policy frameworks that can influence those choices. These include family formation and expansion given policy incentives, retirement planning in particular the use of housing equity to fund consumption in retirement and divorce and the role of child support in the consumption choices of lone parents.

AFFLIATES

Dr Luc Borrowman (National Disability Insurance Agency)

Dr Luc Borrowman is an applied economist and Senior Research Officer, Research and Evaluation at National Disability Insurance Agency. His PhD focused on Housing affordability: the who, what, where and for how long. Luc has a track record of producing research with a public policy focus with submissions to the Senate inquiry into Affordable housing and The Conversation, publication in Economic papers and Housing Studies.

Dr Su Fern Hoe (Singapore Management University)

HOE Su Fern is a Singapore-based arts researcher, educator and coordinator who traverses artistic disciplines and mediums. She is currently Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Lead of Arts and Culture Management at the Singapore Management University. She holds a PhD in Culture and Communication from The University of Melbourne. Her research areas include arts and cultural policy studies, urban cultural economies, arts infrastructures and placemaking. Her research is informed by her pursuit for practice-oriented and engaged arts research and her interest in enhancing research impact beyond academia, particularly through the power of the arts to catalyse dialogue and bridge differences. Apart from her active involvement and participation in the arts, she has founded and/or convened arts discussion platforms including the Arts & Culture Matters Series and the Singapore Biennale 2016 Symposium. Prior to her current position, she held appointments with The Institute of Policy Studies at The National University of Singapore, The Ministry of Communications and Information, and The Supreme Court of Singapore.

Dr Foula Kopanidis (PhD Marketing), M.Ed., B. Bus., B.Ed. Dip. T)

Foula is a Senior Lecturer with the school of Economics Finance and Marketing at RMIT University. Her research is anchored across the three disciplines of marketing, education and psychology and her methodology is primarily quantitative. Foula’s research interests have included consumption and choice behaviour, selection criteria, aging, well-being and quality of life. Foula has been involved in a number of projects in the well-being field, and has published in Higher Education, Research and Development, Higher Education Policy and Management and Women & Aging and has co-authored text books in Consumer Behaviour and Marketing. A recent publication in Aging includes a SSRN report: Accommodating for our Aging Communities (2017).

Dr Ankita Mishra (RMIT University)

Ankita Mishra is a lecturer in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, and a member of ‘The International Development and Trade Research Group (IDTRG)’ at RMIT University. Ankita also had industry experience as she worked as a Research Associate at Morgan Stanley. Her main areas of research are applied Macroeconomics, Development Economics and Demography, with a focus on policy relevant issues. In the field of Development Economics, her research strength lies in the measurement of ‘social exclusion’, ranging from multidimensional child disadvantage for a developed economy like Australia to women dis-empowerment and deprivation in developing economies of India and China. In the field of Applied Macroeconomics, her work on ‘inflation targeting as a monetary policy for India’ and housing affordability issue in Australia has remained highly influential and contributed towards the Report of the Expert Committee to Revise and Strengthen the Monetary Policy framework’ for India and Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre’s report on housing affordability in Australia. In Demography, her work looks at the fertility behaviour of women, son preferences and gender norms within household for countries like India and Pakistan.

Dr Elizabeth Morton (RMIT University)

Dr Elizabeth Morton is a lecturer in Taxation in the School of Accounting, having also taught across a range of accounting courses, most notably financial accounting. Her research focuses largely on the conflict between the accounting and taxation systems. In particular, Elizabeth’s research explores inter-period tax allocation, mandatory and voluntary tax regimes, as well as tax transparency and the normativity/social norm development of approaches to tax disclosures. Her publications can be found in Accounting Forum, Accounting History and the Australian Tax Forum. Elizabeth has also been a guest editor for a special issue of Accounting Forum on ‘Accounting, Corruption and Accountability’ in 2017. Other recent research collaborations relate to the impact of the provision of financial advice and best interest practice of contextual influences, including business models; and, nature as ‘voiceless’ in the context of the immediate threat of a mass extinction event, considered to be the most rapid and destructive.

Previous to academia, Elizabeth began her professional career as an accountant in small business taxation and accounting matters in regional Victoria. Her professional experience includes various aspects of accounting and taxation services for all entity types, including matters in relation to capital gains tax and investments, GST and FBT compliance, and superannuation. As well as other associations, Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Tax Institute.

Dr Venkat Narayanan (RMIT University)

Dr Venkat Narayanan is a Senior Lecturer in Taxation Law and Accounting with research expertise in qualitative and quantitative social research methods. His research interests include social impact of taxation policies in particular the role income v consumption taxes, organisational change, and social and environmental sustainability. Venkat has experience with funded projects including working on research for the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. His research skills include expertise in qualitative research methods such as face-to-face interviews, focus groups and qualitative surveys. Quantitative research skills include understanding of multivariate data analysis, including multiple regression, factor analysis and conjoint analysis. Venkat is also a Chartered Accountant – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Mehmet Özmen (University of Melbourne)

Dr Özmen is an applied economist/econometrician at the Academy of Cross and Interdisciplinary Mathematical Applications specialising in the areas of housing economics, cultural economics, health economics and environmental economics.

He is sought out for his experience using evidence based and data driven approaches to resolve public policy questions. His current research examines the taxation of housing benefits in Papua New Guinea, how macroeconomic conditions impact people movement and migration decisions in Australia, the economic impact of the City of Melbourne’s Arts investment and the impact on tourism of carbon taxation in the transport industry.

He is an award winning lecturer, publishes papers in top tier journals, and provides commercial consulting and training for the Victorian and Federal Governments alongside as well as major industry partners.

Dr Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Finance and Risk Management in the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University. Prior to commencing his academic career he worked in business and treasury consulting for a “Big 5” accounting and business advisory firm and before that in the IT industry.  Stuart graduated with his PhD in 2007, with his PhD thesis on the topic of “Modelling Commodity Prices in Australia’s National Electricity Market”. The work included a comparative analysis of GARCH model performance in describing the volatility process in the electricity price by using a much larger, high frequency data set than previous researchers and a unique event-study approach to analysing the transmission of demand shocks to price spikes. He continues his research interest in electricity markets and is developing an understanding of and interest in carbon cost issues and emissions trading instruments and markets.

Dr Maria Yanotti (University of Tasmania)

Maria is an applied economist specialising in housing finance, banking, and household economics and finance. She has published in leading domestic and international journals. She is sought out for her knowledge on mortgage and housing markets.  Her current research projects examine owner-occupiers and investors behaviour in the housing and mortgage markets, as well as the analysis of the mortgage brokerage market in Australia. Maria’s experience includes performing quantitative analysis on large datasets to understand decisions and behavioural patterns of individuals, households, borrowers and lenders. She is also contributing in a project on non-for-profit housing and a project on Tasmanian convicts’ bank accounts for the 1830s. Maria is also currently working on culture valuation and has contributed in an economic analysis for an Arts Festival in Tasmania, the value of performing arts and the value of food in farmers’ markets.