Identifying transformative policies to improve well-being in Australia

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Several measures of Australians’ social, environmental and economic well-being (including OECD measures) show a pattern of decline or stagnation since the 1970s. For example, increasing traffic congestion, rising income inequality, pollution and reduction of green space all decrease individual and community well-being. This interdisciplinary project will develop a dynamic, nonlinear, systems model of the evolution of social, economic and environmental capital stocks in response to business and public policies (e.g. land development, population growth, infrastructure spending, science and technology investment). Simulation analyses will identify transformative policies with the potential to improve Australian well-being many decades into the future.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The candidate must have a background in system dynamics modelling with a strong interest in well-being and also in business and public policy analysis. Demonstrated experience with analysis of computer models and simulations is required, along with excellent writing, interpersonal and communication skills. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s (Honours) or Master’s degree in system dynamics; strong statistical analysis skills; and experience using Matlab, R, or Stata. The candidate should also be enthusiastic about the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary research on real-world policy issues.

We welcome applications from candidates coming from a wide range of degrees/qualifications including (but not limited to): science, public policy, engineering, data science, computer science, business, economics, psychology, mathematics, and operations research.
Supervisory team
Shayne
Gary

Business School
Management
Graciela
Metternicht

Science
Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Kerry
Humphreys

Business School
Accounting
sgary@unsw.edu.au