The Group aims to be a global leader on research into international development and trade issues.
It conducts research that leads to the design of innovative, evidenced-based policies which promote sustainable improvements in the quality of peoples’ lives and maximise the benefits from international trade.
The Group seeks to undertake collaborative research with industry and contribute to policy debates surrounding international development and trade.
Research areas of expertise include international trade theory, empirical impacts of trade, globalisation and its impact on production and labour markets, foreign aid allocation and effectiveness, inequality, gender, poverty and human well-being, financial economics in developing countries, political economy of development, international economics, microcredit, macroeconomic policies for poverty reduction and international development targets.
Since 2014, the research group has received funding from the Australian Department of Employment, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Port Phillip Bay Authority and World Vision International.
Group members have also worked with the United Nations Global Compact Cities Program, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the APEC secretariat, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ADB Institute (ADBI) in Tokyo and the Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Japan.
Group members have undertaken fellowships at CERGE-EI, in Prague and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador).
Since 2014, Group members have published 18 articles in A* or A ranked journals (ABDC rankings) in addition to 2 books and 9 book chapters.