Meet our team! Here you’ll find all of the hard working people who contribute to the NATSEM AUSBudget project. 

Bill Burmester

Bill Burmester is a Professorial Fellow at IGPA. He spent a decade as a social statistician in the Australian Bureau of Statistics, before becoming a senior social policy adviser in the Department of Finance. Bill has worked on policies and programs in higher education, vocational education, schooling and international education.

Mark Evans

Mark Evans is the Director and Professor of Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. He has acted as a senior policy advisor, delivered training and managed evaluation projects in 26 countries including Australia, Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Libya, Sri Lanka, the UK, and Vietnam.

Jinjing Li

Jinjing Li is an Associate Professor at the National Social and Economic Modelling Centre (NATSEM) at the University of Canberra. He currently leads multiple Australian policy simulation projects, which allow government agencies to better assess the socio-economic consequence of policy reforms.

Michelle Grattan AO

Michelle Grattan AO is one of Australia’s most respected and awarded political journalists. Michelle currently has a dual role with an academic position at the University of Canberra and as Associate Editor (Politics) and Chief Political Correspondent at The Conversation.

Saul Eslake

Saul Eslake is one of Australia's most respected and renowned economic commentators. His previous roles include; Chief Economist at McIntosh Securities, Chief Economist (International) at National Mutual Funds Management, and as Chief Economist at the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ).

Virginia Haussegger AM

Virginia Haussegger is an award winning journalist, author and social commentator. She is Adjunct Professor with the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra, where she runs Masterclasses on Strategic Communications.

Tim Colebatch

Tim Colebatch is a political and economic journalist. From 1971 to 2013, he wrote for The Age, and was in turn the paper's environment writer, chief investigative reporter, editorial writer, and columnist before becoming its Washington correspondent, economics writer, and ultimately economics editor and columnist for 20 years.

Geoff Kitney

Geoff Kitney is former political correspondent and Canberra Bureau Chief for The Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald. Geoff has written extensively on federal and state politics, economic policy, Australian foreign and strategic policy and European affairs. He is now a freelance writer.

Yogi Vidyattama

Yogi Vidyattama joined NATSEM in 2008 and has more than 10 years working in spatial and geographical economic analysis. He is currently responsible for developing and enhancing NATSEM’s microsimulation model especially the spatial microsimulation model.

Erick Hansnata

Erick Hansnata joined NATSEM in May 2012 as a research assistant for OECD project on the report of poverty and inequality in Indonesia. In July 2012 Erick received Collaborative Research Network (CRN) scholarship to do his PhD in the next three years. His research will focus on quantitative analysis of the key driver of migration in Murray-Darling Basin (MDB).

Robert Tanton

Robert Tanton has published extensively in the academic literature on spatial disadvantage and social exclusion. Prior to joining NATSEM, Robert worked in the Australian Public Service, with five years at the Department of Finance, five years at the Commonwealth Grants Commission modelling police expenditure; and six years at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Laurie Brown

Laurie Brown is a Professor and Research Director at IGPA. Laurie is one of Australasia’s leading health geographers and modellers. Laurie is currently playing a leading role in the development and application of microsimulation models.

Riyana (Mira) Miranti

Riyana (Mira) Miranti is Senior Research Fellow at IGPA. She holds a PhD in Economics from the Australian National University (ANU) and has been with NATSEM since October 2007. Prior to her PhD and work at NATSEM, she worked for two and a half years as a Research Associate at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Xiaodong Gong

Xiaodong Gong joined NATSEM in March 2011. Prior to joining NATSEM, Xiaodong has worked at the Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA) in Germany, The Australian National University, and the Australian Treasury. He is adjunct to the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and a Fellow of the IZA.

Michael J. Jensen

Michael Jensen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis. He has a background in political communication and has published books with Cambridge University Press and Palgrave concerning online political behaviour.

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