Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Economics of development
  • Investment in adolescent health and wellbeing
  • Energy use and climate change
  • Macroeconomics
  • Labour market analysis

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About Peter Sheehan

Professor Peter Sheehan was Founding Director of the Centre (now Institute) for Strategic Economic Studies at Victoria University from 1993 to 2011, and is currently Research Director. He made substantial contributions to the field of studies of the global knowledge economy, and of its Australian and international ramifications. He has also contributed to both the analysis of new technologies and their application in Australia, and to policy and commercial developments related to the commercialisation of such technologies in Australia, over two decades.

He has long been involved in the health sector, the biomedical industries and related areas of technological change. He conducted a 2013 study on estimating the returns to investing in child and maternal health in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), with results published in The Lancet in 2014. In 2015, funded by the UNFPA, he was leader of a large international team to document the return to interventions to improve the welfare of adolescents aged 10-19 years in 74 developing countries around the world, for a period to 2035 (results published in The Lancet in 2017 and in the Journal of Adolescent Health in 2019). Further funding in this research has been granted for studies in India (UNFPA) and Burundi (UNICEF). Currently the UNFPA has also provided funding for research on eliminating child marriage in the developing world.

From August 2003 to August 2017, he was elected Academic Co-Chair, APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum (LSIF). Established by APEC Leaders in 2002, the LSIF has since grown to become APEC's leading initiative on health and health sciences innovation.

Peter has also conducted studies on energy and climate change in China. This work began with an Australian Research Council Linkage in 2006, and was followed by funding from the Department of Climate Change and others on more sustainable energy use in China, the transition to a low carbon economy, and investigating policies and strategies for improving energy efficient. Work in 2014 and 2016 included reports for the WA Natural Gas Partnership, on Chinese energy strategies; the results of one report was published in Nature Climate Change (2014).

From 1982 to 1990 he was Director General, Department of Management and Budget, Victorian Government. In March-April 1983, he was Special Adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke. From 1972 to 1982 he was Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow and Principal Research Fellow, at the Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne, and was Editor of the Australian Economic Review during that period, from 1975 to 1978.

Qualifications

  • D. Phil (Oxon), Oxford University, UK, 1968
  • MA (Hons), University of Melbourne, Australia, 1965
  • BSc, University of Melbourne, Australia, 1961

Key publications

Year Citation
2016 Stenberg, K., Sweeny, K., Axelson, H., Temmerman, M., & Sheehan, P. (160101). Returns on investment in the continuum of care for reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health In Black, R. E;. (Ed.) (pp. 299-317). Washington DC: World Bank.
2015 Garnaut, R., Howes, S., Jotzo, F., & Sheehan, P. (150430). The Implications of Rapid Development for Emissions and Climate-change: Mitigation

doi: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199573288.003.0005

Year Citation
2019 Sheehan, P., & Shi, H. (190101). Employment and Productivity Benefits of Enhanced Educational Outcomes: A Preliminary Modelling Approach. Journal of Adolescent Health,

doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.03.025

2018 Bertram, M. Y., Sweeny, K., Lauer, J. A., Chisholm, D., Sheehan, P., Rasmussen, B., Upreti, S. R., Dixit, L. P., George, K., & Deane, S. (180519). Investing in non-communicable diseases: an estimation of the return on investment for prevention and treatment services. The Lancet, 391(10134), (2071-2078).

doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30665-2

2018 Patton, G. C., Olsson, C. A., Skirbekk, V., Saffery, R., Wlodek, M. E., Azzopardi, P. S., Stonawski, M., Rasmussen, B., Spry, E., & Francis, K. (180221). Adolescence and the next generation. Nature, 554(7693), (458-466).

doi: 10.1038/nature25759

2017 Sheehan, P., Sweeny, K., Rasmussen, B., Wils, A., Friedman, H. S., Mahon, J., Patton, G. C., Sawyer, S. M., Howard, E., & Symons, J. (171014). Building the foundations for sustainable development: a case for global investment in the capabilities of adolescents. The Lancet, 390(10104), (1792-1806).

doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30872-3

2016 Chisholm, D., Sweeny, K., Sheehan, P., Rasmussen, B., Smit, F., Cuijpers, P., & Saxena, S. (160501). Scaling-up treatment of depression and anxiety: A global return on investment analysis. The Lancet Psychiatry, 3(5), (415-424).

doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(16)30024-4

2014 Sheehan, P., Cheng, E., English, A., & Sun, F. (140101). China's response to the air pollution shock. Nature Climate Change, 4(5), (306-309).

doi: 10.1038/nclimate2197

2014 Stenberg, K., Axelson, H., Sheehan, P., Anderson, I., Gulmezoglu, A. M., Temmerman, M., Mason, E., Friedman, H. S., Bhutta, Z. A., & Lawn, J. E. (140101). Advancing social and economic development by investing in women's and children's health: A new Global Investment Framework. The Lancet, 383(9925), (1333-1354).

doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62231-X

2013 Sheehan, P., & Gregory, R. G. (130601). The Resources Boom and Economic Policy in the Long Run. Australian Economic Review, 46(2), (121-139).

doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8462.2013.12023.x

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.

Cost of Eliminating Child Marriage and Intimate Partner Violence
From: United Nations Population Fund
Investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed

Cost Benefit Analysis of Health Interventions to Improve Labour Productivity
From: US Chamber of Commerce Grant
Investigators: Dr John Symons, Dr Kim Sweeny, Prof Bruce Rasmussen
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
Investment Framework Case Study: Estimating the Impacts & Opportunity Costs of Social Sector Investments for Adolescents (10-19 years) in Burundi.
From: UNICEF-Bujumbura/Burundi
Investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Dr John Symons, Dr Kim Sweeny
For period: 2018-2019
Not disclosed
A Case for National Investment in Adolescent Health & Wellbeing in India
From: United Nations Population Fund
Investigators: Dr John Symons, Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Dr Kim Sweeny
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed
Establishment of Victorian Energy Policy Centre (VEPC)
From: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Investigators: Mr Steven Parker, Prof Bruce Rasmussen
For period: 2018-2020
$1,590,909
Monograph Enabling Policies for Benefiting Smallholders in Dairy, Citrus and Mango Industries of Pakistan
From: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Investigators: Prof Bhajan Grewal
For period: 2018-2018
Not disclosed

Climate change and social determinants of health and wellbeing scoping study.
From: Director of Housing, Department of Health and Human Services
Investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Dr Kim Sweeny, Prof Roger Jones
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed
Survey on Human Resources Per Household: Timor Leste (Phase 1)
From: Ministry of Planning & Strategic Investment Grant
Investigators: Mr Steven Parker
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed

Global Study
From: US Chamber of Commerce Grant
Investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Dr Kim Sweeny
For period: 2016-2016
Not disclosed
Economic benefits of cultural diversity research project.
From: Dept of Premier and Cabinet (Vic)
Investigators: Dr Joanne Pyke, Prof Bruce Rasmussen
For period: 2016-2016
Not disclosed

NCD Health Interventions as an investment opportunity for low and middle income countries
From: WHO Grant
Investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Dr Kim Sweeny
For period: 2015-2015
Not disclosed
Impact of Health on Pension Payments
From: US Chamber of Commerce Grant
Investigators: Dr Kim Sweeny, Prof Bruce Rasmussen
For period: 2015-2015
$140,000

Building an Investment Case for Global Mental Health
From: WHO Grant
Investigators: Dr Kim Sweeny, Prof Bruce Rasmussen
For period: 2014-2015
Not disclosed
Economic Impact of Mental Health across 75 countries.
From: World Health Organization
Investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Dr Kim Sweeny
For period: 2014-2015
$86,426
Implications for Australia's LNG exports.
From: Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association Ltd (APPEA)
For period: 2014-2015
$60,000
Wantirna Health Precinct
From: HASSELL PTY LTD
For period: 2014-2014
$10,000
The impact of worker health and on worker attendance and productivity in the APEC region.
From: APEC
For period: 2014-2014
$10,000
Mapping and understanding bushfire and natural hazard vulnerability and risks at the institutional scale.
From: Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Ltd
Investigators: Prof Bruce Rasmussen, Prof Roger Jones
For period: 2014-2018
$460,000
Identify, assess and monitor disaster risks and enhance early warning
From: Bushfire CRC Ltd
Investigators: Prof Roger Jones, Prof Bruce Rasmussen
For period: 2014-2017
$420,000

Leading-edge ICT to Support 'Green Growth' and Sustainable Tourism
From: Australia-China Council Grant
Investigators: Prof Elisabeth Wilson-evered, Dr Xiaocui Lou, Prof Gerard Mcgrath, Dr Min Jiang, Dr Wei Dai, Dr Yongqiang Li
For period: 2013-2014
$29,100

China's Exports & Growth & Major East Asia Summit Economies - Exploring Regional Impact & Policy Responses
From: Ministry of Trade, Vietnam, TRADE DATA INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD, ARC - Linkage
Investigators: Prof Van hoa Tran
For period: 2009-2015
$400,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Not available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
9 PhD Associate supervisor
9 PhD Principal supervisor
1 Masters by Research Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (9) Associate supervisor
PhD (9) Principal supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
9 PhD Principal supervisor
8 PhD Associate supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (9) Principal supervisor
PhD (8) Associate supervisor

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Jan 1990 - present
Senior Associate, Department of Economics
University of Melbourne
May 1993 - Dec 2011
Founding Director, CSES (now VISES)
Victoria University
Dec 1972 - May 1982
Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow and Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
University of Melbourne
Jan 1975 - Dec 1978
Editor
Australian Economic Review
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Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Jan 1990 -
present
Senior Associate, Department of Economics
University of Melbourne
May 1993 -
Dec 2011
Founding Director, CSES (now VISES)
Victoria University
Dec 1972 -
May 1982
Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow and Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
University of Melbourne
Jan 1975 -
Dec 1978
Editor
Australian Economic Review
Show more academic roles

Key industry, community & government roles

Dates Role Department/Organisation
Oct 1982 - Apr 1990
Director General, Department of Management and Budget
Victorian Government
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Oct 1982 - Apr 1990
Director General, Department of Management and Budget
Victorian Government

Professional memberships

  • Member, Economic Society of Australia