Centre for Strategic Economic Studies (CSES), established at
Victoria University in 1993, is now one of the leading applied
economic research groups in Australia. Its research output is of
high quality and is influential at both national and
The Centre’s objective is to study the key issues arising from the
process of rapid economic and technological change. While drawing on
strong theoretical and empirical foundations in economics, its
research is intended to have special relevance to policy formulation
and implementation in relevant areas. The specific areas of
application are Australia and the countries of our region,
especially China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam, but a focus on the
USA and Europe is often necessary to understand the global nature of
the issue in question. The approach is primarily economic, although
the interdisciplinary nature of the skill sets required to deal such
interlinked issues is explicitly recognised.
The Centre's founding and current director is Prof. Peter Sheehan.
He has held various positions including senior researcher at the
Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at Melbourne
University and Director General of the former management and budget
department in the Victorian Government. He has also held a wide
range of board positions with Australian companies, particularly in
The Centre currently comprise of a high quality research team of
professionals, with strong national and international links, together with a
high quality cohort of 32 PhD and DBA students.