James Giesecke took up his present position as director of CoPS in January 2014. Prior to his current position, he was Professor and deputy director of CoPS at Monash University (2012-14).
His research is in the development of large-scale multi-regional and national computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, and the application of these models to the analysis of the determinants of economic growth and structural change, forecasting, and policy analysis. He has published over fifty papers in peer-reviewed journals and edited books on these topics.
James has twenty years of experience undertaking contract research projects, completing over a hundred commissioned projects, on a wide range of topics, for private and public sector organisations, both nationally and internationally.
With colleagues from CoPS, he has built CGE models of the economies of Australia, Vietnam, Poland, Italy, and sub-regions of the U.S., and promoted the adoption of CGE models by public policy economists in these and other countries through the development and delivery of training courses in economic modelling. Recent major projects with colleagues from CoPS have included the development of CGE models with high levels of financial sector detail, and the application of these models to issues relating to financial structure and regulation.