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The Group aims to be a global leader on research into international development and trade issues.

The International Development and Trade Research Group conducts research that leads to the design of innovative, evidence-based policies that: (i) promote sustainable improvements in the quality of peoples’ lives; and (ii) maximise the benefits from international trade.

The Group seeks to undertake collaborative research with industry and contribute to policy debates surrounding international development and trade.

The International Development and Trade Research Group collectively research across a wide range of interests. Research has focused on evaluating the impacts of numerous factors on development including foreign aid, remittances, environmental and economic shocks, armed conflict, ethnic diversity, NGO programs, microfinance, health interventions, Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers and international development goals.

Other areas of focus include the measurement of poverty and human well-being, inequality, gender and development, child labour, and the environment and development.

The research group also has a strong focus on researching the impacts of globalisation. Areas of expertise include trade theory and the political economy of trade agreements, empirical impacts of trade and foreign investment, monetary policy and inflation and the determination of exchange rates.

In recent years Group members have undertaken work for the following organisations:

  • APEC Study Centre
  • APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC)
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)
  • Australian Government Department of Employment
  • Australian Government Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • BRAC International
  • Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
  • Oxfam Australia
  • The Fred Hollows Foundation
  • United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific
  • United Nations Global Compact Cities Program
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network
  • World Vision International

Group members have undertaken fellowships at the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA), Sri Lanka; CERGE-EI, in Prague; the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador); and the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Japan. The Group is currently working on a number of collaborative research projects with Amrita University, India.

Since 2014, Group members have published 40 articles in A* or A ranked journals (ABDC rankings) in addition to 6 books and 12 book chapters.