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Dr Nobu Yamashita

PositionSenior Lecturer
School/DepartmentEconomics, Finance and Marketing
CampusMelbourne City Campus
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Nobu Yamashita is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Economics, Finance and Marketing. His main policy-oriented research covers the broad topic of empirical international economics.

Nobu commenced the Senior Lecturer position at School of Economics, Finance and Marketing at RMIT University in July 2014. Prior to that, he was a Senior Lecturer at School of Economics, La Trobe University. His main policy-oriented research covers the broad topic of empirical international economics including globalisation of production and multinational firms, the globalisation impact on the labour market, and exchange rates and firm responses for countries in Asia-Pacific (mainly, Japan, China, India and ASEAN countries).

His outreach research activities include research consulting for several projects for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UN-ESCAP) in Bangkok, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila, ADB Institute (ADBI) in Tokyo, and the Economics Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asian countries (ERIA) in Jakarta. His expert opinions on the Japanese economy have been solicited by ABC Australian Networks, ABC Radio Australia, and the opinion pieces have appeared in the East Asian Forum and the China Daily. In addition, Nobu has obtained several research awards, including the J.G. Crawford Award, ANU in 2008, the Dean’s Research Award at La Trobe University in 2012, and the Japan Foundation Fellowship in 2014.

Research Interests

  • Applied (empirical) International Economics
  • Multinational enterprises and globalisation of production
  • Globalisation and labour market
  • Economies of Asian countries (Japan, China, India and ASEAN countries)

Research Projects and Funding

  • Member of the project ’Globalisation and the creation of the better economic society’, funded by the Japan Science Foundation, headed by Prof F. Kimura of Keio University, 2013-2017 (JPY74,028,000≈A$804,652)
  • Member of a research team of School of Law for ’Sustainable development and emerging challenges to International Economic Order/Law’, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, La Trobe University, 2013-2016 (A$30,000)
  • Co-investigator for a research project funded by the Kikawada foundation in Japan, with Dr. T. Matsuura and Dr. K. Nakajima, 2011-2012 (JPY2,900,000≈A$31,521)
  • Principle-investigator, two Faculty Research Grants, La Trobe University, 2011 (A$16,000)
  • Member of the project ’Internationalisation of firms and international comparison of productivity’ funded by the Japan Science Foundation, headed by Prof S. Urata of Waseda University, 2010-2013 (JPY20,000,000≈A$215,053)
  • Solo-principal investigator for the Faculty Small Research Assistant Grant, Faculty of Law and Management (FLM), La Trobe University, 2010 (A$8,217)
  • Solo-principle investigator for the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) Grant for a project of ’Overseas Operations of Japanese Multinational Enterprises’ Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian Government, 2008-2009 (A$16,500)
  • ECON1010 Macroeconomics 1
  • PhD in Economics (2008), ANU
  • Graduate Diploma in Economics (2004), ANU
  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics (2004), ANU
  • MA in Commerce (2002), Fukuoka University (Japan)
  • BA in Commerce (2000), Fukuoka University (Japan)

View more outputs from this academic in the RMIT Research Repository

International trade, Economics of multinational enterprises, Globalisation and labour outcomes

1 PhD Current Supervisions

  • The effects of offshoring on demand for skills in Japanese manufacturing (Labour in East Asia). Funded by: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia from (2018 to 2019)