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John Hicks is Professor of Economics at Charles Sturt University where, for 16 years, he was Dean of the Faculty of Business. With research interests in labor economics and industrial relations, he has published on a range of regional issues including regional airline access to Kingsford Smith Airport, the economics of petrol supply to regional Australia, the regional nursing labour market and older workers in the regional work force. He has also published on China and its economic relationship with Australia. He is now engaged in a number of projects with a regional and sustainability orientation. Projects include one on assisting transition in regional areas affected by drought and climate change with a particular emphasis on areas that depend on irrigation; and another on disaster management using case studies in Australia and Bangladesh. Previously John was a Regional Development Board member in the Central West of NSW and a director of the Western Research Institute.

Research Interests

  • Labour economics (especially in relation to the regional work force)
  • Macroeconomics (especially in relation to economic growth in China and its impact on Australia; and the sustainability of regional communities).
  • Regional economics
  • Emergency Management

Professional Information

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Professorial member, Faculty Board.

Professional Activities:

  • Member, Economic Society of Australia.

Editorial roles on Journals:

  • Agenda (Associate Director)
  • International Journal of Sport and Society (Associate Editor)
  • Energy Journal (Associate Editor)
  • Economic Papers (Associate Editor)


  • ECO120 Macroeconomics
  • ECO220 Macroeconomic Analysis
  • ECO501 Business Economics
  • ECO511 Economics for Business
  • HRM501 Labour Market Studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Massey University


Masters of Arts (Economics) (Honours), University of Melbourne


Diploma of Education, University of Melbourne


Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), University of Melbourne



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