Professor Ross Garnaut AO is a Professorial Research Fellow in Economics at the University of Melbourne (since 2008). Earlier at the Australian National University he was Distinguished Professor of Economics (2007-13) and before that longstanding Head of the Division of Economics in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. He has been awarded the degrees honoris causa of Doctor of Letters, from the Australian National University and Doctor of Science from the University of Sydney.
He is an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and of Renmin University, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Economics Society and a Distinguished Life Member of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society. He has been Chairman of the Australian Centre for International Economic Research (1994-2000) and Trustee (2003-6) and Chairman (2006-10) of the International Food Policy research Institute. He was the senior economic policy official in Papua New Guinea’s Department of Finance in the years straddling Independence in 1975, principal economic adviser to Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, and Australian Ambassador to China.
Professor Garnaut is the author of numerous books, monographs and articles in scholarly journals on international economics, public finance and economic development, particularly in relation to East Asia and the Southwest Pacific. Recent books include The Great Crash of 2008 (with David Llewellyn Smith, Melbourne University Publishing, 2009) and Dog Days: Australia After the Boom (BlackInc, 2013). He is the author of a number of influential reports to Government, including Australia and the Northeast Asian Ascendancy (Australian Government Publishing 1989), The Garnaut Climate Change Review (Cambridge University Press 2008) and The Garnaut Review 2011: Australia and the Global Response to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press 2011).