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Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • urban economics
  • Transport economics
  • climate economics

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About James Lennox

James’ research expertise is in the development and application of computable general equilibrium models. At the Centre of Policy Studies, James leads the urban economic modelling programme and has developed large-scale spatial general equilibrium models of both the Sydney and Melbourne metropolitan regions.

These models are being applied to assess the long-run spatial and macroeconomic impacts of transport infrastructure investments and strategic land use planning interventions for public sector clients.

James has previously held a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (Venice, Italy), worked as a researcher at Landcare Research (Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand) and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the CSIRO (Canberra, Australia). His previous work has addressed questions relating to climate policy, wider environmental, water and energy issues, and tourism.


  • PhD, UQ, Australia, 2001
  • BE (Chem) Hons I, UQ, Australia, 1997

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 LENNOX, J., & Sheard, N. (190621). Spatial general equilibrium analysis of a large urban rail project Global Trade Analysis Project.
2013 LENNOX, J., Turner, J., Daigneault, A., & Jhunjhnuwala, K. (130208). Regional, sectoral and temporal differences in carbon leakage Paper presented at Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference. Canberra: Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

Year Citation
2017 Lennox, J. A., & Witajewski-Baltvilks, J. (170901). Directed technical change with capital-embodied technologies: Implications for climate policy. Energy Economics, 67 (400-409).

doi: 10.1016/j.eneco.2017.08.005

2014 Rounsevell, M. DA., Arneth, A., Alexander, P., Brown, D. G., De, Noblet. -Ducoudr., Ellis, E., Finnigan, J., Galvin, K., Grigg, N., & Harman, I. (140226). Towards decision-based global land use models for improved understanding of the Earth system. Earth System Dynamics, 5(1), (117-137).

doi: 10.5194/esd-5-117-2014

2012 Lennox, J. (120801). Impacts of high oil prices on tourism in New Zealand. Tourism Economics, 18(4), (781-800).

doi: 10.5367/te.2012.0147

2011 Peters, G. P., Andrew, R., & Lennox, J. (110601). Constructing an environmentallyextended multi-regional input-output table using the gtap database. Economic Systems Research, 23(2), (131-152).

doi: 10.1080/09535314.2011.563234

2010 Lennox, J. A., & van, Nieuwkoop. (101201). Output-based allocations and revenue recycling: Implications for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. Energy Policy, 38(12), (7861-7872).

doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2010.09.002

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

COVID-19 Behaviour Change, Policy Reform and Final Strategy Modelling
From: Dept of Infrastructure (VIC)
Other investigators: Mr Christopher King
For period: 2020-2021
Not disclosed
Great Western Highway
From: NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
For period: 2020-2020
Not disclosed

NSW Fast Rail Strategy - Network Option
From: NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

The Economic Impacts of Expanding the Greater Sydney Commuter Network
From: NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet
Other investigators: Dr Nicholas Sheard
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
Ex-Post Economic Modelling of Regional Fast Rail Project
From: Department of Jobs, Precincts & Regions
Other investigators: Dr Nicholas Sheard
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed

Population growth scenarios - Commuting costs and choices of residence and workplace in metropolitan Victoria.
From: Infrastructure Victoria
Other investigators: Aspr Janine Dixon, Dr Nicholas Sheard
For period: 2017-2020
Not disclosed
A spatial computable general equilibrium model for Sydney.
From: NSW Department of Industry
Other investigators: Aspr Janine Dixon, Prof Glyn Wittwer
For period: 2017-2018
Not disclosed

Ongoing research and support into developing COPS' VURM model to better handle city/urban economics, with the aim of providing input to the National Outlook document produced by CSIRO.
Other investigators: Prof Philip Adams
For period: 2016-2017
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

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