Research Networks

Research Networks

Research in the Economics of the Arts, Culture and Heritage (REACH)

Our REACH network conducts multidisciplinary research in theoretical and applied issues in the economics of the arts and culture including:

  • Structure and operations of the creative economy
  • Cultural industries
  • Culture in sustainable development
  • Economic circumstances of professional artists
  • Demand for cultural goods and services
  • Evaluation of cultural heritage
  • Copyright issues and digital rights management
  • Audience development
  • Impact of digital distribution platforms
  • Managing and marketing cultural projects

One of the many projects currently being undertaken by the REACH network is the National Survey of Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists and recently The Australian Book Industry: Authors, publishers and readers in a time of change. This is a three-year research project funded by the Australian Research Council and Macquarie University.

Since 1983, surveys of practising professional artists have been carried out by Professor David Throsby and his colleagues at Macquarie University every six or seven years. The survey findings have been widely used by government agencies, arts organisations and individuals across the arts as the most comprehensive and reliable source of statistics and information about the circumstances of professional arts practice that is available in Australia today.

The most recent survey of practising professional artists, is complete and the results published in Making Art Work: An economic study of professional artists in Australia © David Throsby and Katya Petetskaya, 2017. The survey is the sixth that Professor Throsby and his research team have conducted, the earlier ones being in 1983, 1987, 1994, 2002, and 2009. A research grant for the 2016 survey was provided by the Australia Council.

Network members collaborate with colleagues in universities, international organisations, federal and state government agencies, NGOs, and business corporations in the arts and culture, both in Australia and overseas. Recent research collaborators and partner organisations include: UNESCO,  the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (UK), the World Bank, Australian National University, the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Australian Government's Department of the Environment.

Our researchers have worked in government policy, arts administration, the corporate sector and for not-for-profit organisations, with disciplinary expertise in a number of areas including cultural economics, consumer behaviour, heritage, brand management, innovation, marketing, management, and media studies.

Contact Distinguished Professor David Throsby E: or Associate Professor Jordi McKenzie E:

Macroeconomics and Financial Stability Research Network (MAFS)

Macquarie has a long tradition of research in macroeconomics, financial economics and econometrics. The network focuses on research in the areas of:

  • International macroeconomics and finance
  • Financial econometrics and the linkages between the real economy and financial market developments
  • Time series methods

We regularly invite prominent researchers in financial econometrics and macroeconomics to conduct workshops and participates in the activities of the Centre for Financial Risk. Our network researchers regularly provide commentary on economic policy, covering both monetary and fiscal policy, and on retirement saving policy.

Contact Professor Jeffrey Sheen E:, or Professor Geoff Kingston E:

Labour, Economic Advancement and Development Research Network (LEAD)

Our network addresses broad issues of economic transition such as:

  • Education
  • Empowerment
  • Poverty
  • Inequality
  • Labour in global production networks
  • Global health
  • Productivity and wages
  • Labour market institutions,
  • Foreign aid agencies
  • Financial sector reform
  • Environmental management;

with an eye to the rapid evolution of the Asia and the Pacific region.

Researchers generate a wide range of published outputs in the form monographs/books and high impact research articles in the highest-ranked journals. Members have strong links with international agencies and educational institutes, and form an influential economic policy network throughout the Southeast, East and South Asian region.

Many of our research students (both at Master of Research and PhD levels) actively engage in LEAD’s research projects. Prominent academics also regularly collaborate with our network members for research activities and time to time have been appointed as visiting fellows of the Department of Economics.

Contact Associate Professor Pundarik Mukhopadhaya E:

Microeconomic Theory and Micro-econometrics Research Network (MTM)

Our network focuses on the application of microeconomics underpinning research in:

  • Labour markets
  • International trade
  • Industrial structure
  • Competitive frameworks and incentives

Researchers investigate change implications in competition policy, labour market regulations, and international trade agreements for Australia’s economic efficiency and the welfare of its citizens; considering research incentives and the role of behavioural factors in the economic decision-making of individuals and governments.

Contact Associate Professor Tony Bryant E:

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