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Professor Bhajan Grewal

B Econ and MA (Panjab University), PhD (Economics)(Punjabi University)

Adjunct Professor, Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies

After serving as the Founding Deputy Director for ten years (1993-2003), Professor Grewal is now Adjunct Professor at the Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES), and is also Director of the research program Governance and Regional Economies.

Professor Grewal has been working on China's economy and was the Team Leader of a study of China's fiscal management reforms funded by the Asian Development Bank. In 2009-10, he worked on a study of China's energy efficiency, examining the intergovernmental issues in the implementation of central Government policies at provincial and county levels.

He was also the lead author of a study: 'The Contribution of Agricultural Growth to Poverty Reduction', published by Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) in 2011.

Professor Grewal is Project Leader of a plan for developing enabling policies for improving the livelihoods of smallholders in Pakistan.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Public Finance and Management, and presented a paper titled 'The Resources Boom and Fiscal Equalisation: The Case of Australia', at the International Atlantic Economic Society Conference held in October 2012 in Montreal.

He has published widely, including books and numerous research reports and articles.

Key publications

Books and reports

Grewal, B., Grunfeld, H. and Sheehan, P. 2011, 'The Contribution of Agricultural Growth to Poverty Reduction', ACIAR Impact Assessment Series Report No. 76, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), Canberra.

Sheehan, P., English, A., Grewal, B., Sweeny, K., Nielson, J., Sun, F. and Cheng, E. 2010, 'More Sustainable Energy Use in China: Economic Structure and the Application of New Technologies', Report to Australian Government Department of Climate Change (Canberra), CSES, Melbourne.

Sheehan, P., Grewal, B. et al. 2007, 'Building on the Western Australian Boom: The Drivers and Shapers of India's Economic Development in the 21st Century' and 'Building on the Western Australian Boom: The Drivers and Shapers of China's Economic Development in the 21st Century', Reports to the Western Australian Technology and Industry Advisory Council (TIAC), Perth.

Grewal, B. and M. Kumnick (eds) 2006, Engaging the New World: Responses to the Knowledge Economy, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.

Book chapters

Malhotra, P. and Grewal, B. 2008, 'TRIPS-plus: Free trade agreements jeopardising public health in developing nations', in Tran Van Hoa and C. Harvie (eds), Regional Trade Agreements in Asia, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.

Grewal, B. 2007, 'Public finance', entry in B. Galligan and M. Roberts (eds), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, Oxford University Press, Sydney.

Grewal, B. 2007, 'Taxation', entry in B. Galligan and M. Roberts (eds), Oxford Companion to Australian Politics, Oxford University Press, Sydney.

Grewal, B. and Sun, F. 2006, 'Regional Disparities: A Continuing Policy Challenge for China', in B. Grewal and M. Kumnick (eds), Engaging the New World: Responses to the Knowledge Economy, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne.

Journal articles refereed

Grewal, B.S. and Ahmed, A.D. 2011, 'China's Western Region Development Strategy: Impact and stocktaking assessment', research note in International Advances in Economic Research, vol. 16, no. 2.

Grewal, B.S. and Ahmed, A.D. 2011, 'Is China's Western Regional Development Strategy on track?', Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 20, no. 69, March, pp. 161-181.

Grewal, B.S. 2010, 'Symposium on fiscal decentralization: Editor's introduction', Public Finance and Management, vol. 10, no. 1.

Grewal, B.S. 2010, 'Incomplete contracts and the evolution of Canadian federalism', Public Finance and Management, vol. 10, no. 1.

Areas of expertise

  • Fiscal federalism
  • Knowledge economy
  • Poverty reduction
  • Public finance
  • Regional inequalities

Contact details

+61 3 9919 1344
+61 3 9919 1350